Monday, August 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Finding My Way by Megan Keith

 Welcome to our stop on the Finding My Way blog tour.  This is the debut novel of Australian Author Megan Keith, so Tami was particularly looking forward to reading and promoting this one.  It is a gorgeous story about how finding love is never straight forward, and finding our way can be tougher than we thought.

Title: Finding My Way
Author: Megan Keith
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Cover Designed by: Cover to Cover Designs
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

When twenty-three-year-old Emma discovers that her ex is moving on with his life, she decides to harden up and get on with living her own. Who knew that just opening up to the possibility of a new relationship would be all that it took? Things start looking up when her hot new co-worker Seth notices her. He had been the subject of her fantasies, but she never thought she stood a chance. Then there’s Nick, the sexy and self-assured guy she met at the train station that she cannot get out of her head. When even more prospects begin to show it seems that life is finally looking up. Top it off with a new career opportunity and Emma finally believes she can find her way to a whole new life.

I have had the good fortune of reading a number of outstanding debut books recently and Finding My Way by Megan Keith is no exception.  In this well written story we spend time with Emma (Em), Seth and Nick as the three of them, independently and together, seek to "find their way" in life.

Emma is in the final stages of recovery from the end of a long term relationship.  A series of events force her to realise that it is time to move on from Josh and after 11 months she opens her mind to the prospect of a future full of possibilities.  It is amazing how mindset can impact so much about a person - once Emma makes the active decision to begin living her life again, there is a noticeable change in the way she carries herself and interacts with others.  As a consequence she catches the eye of two very different men:

Seth, the gorgeous, sensitive IT guy at work, who Emma has had a bit of crush on is captivated by her smile one morning.  From there he begins to notice Emma and the two tentatively start to explore a relationship with each other.

Nick, the sexy, outspoken player from the kiosk at the train station.  He's been watching Emma as she moves through the train station each morning for some time and notices something different about her the morning after her decision to move on.  The two strike up a 'friendship' - which is filled with sexual tension.

All three characters are grappling with life, love and what they want from both.  Emma is unsettled at work and not really clear about what her career path will be.  She's also confused about the things she is feeling for Seth and Nick - two very different men and confused about what they want from her.  Nick is a serious player: he doesn't do relationships. Until he meets Em and he realises she's too good for a 'hook up'.  He has dreams of being a successful DJ,  travelling the world and is battling with his father's disappointment, watching his friends settle down and the feelings he is developing for Em, despite them both agreeing to be 'friends'.  While slightly more settled, Seth is dealing with his own insecurities.  Frustrated with his house mates, lonely, and while satisfied at work for the moment he wants to do more with his qualification and find someone to settle down with.

Finding My Way is told from three points of view: Emma, Seth and Nick.  I really liked how we got to see scenes from the different perspectives.  So many times I wished the characters would just tell each other what they were thinking.  A whole lot of their frustrations could have been resolved if they had just communicated clearly with each other!  But having said that, I couldn't help but chuckle at how realistic their interactions were.  So often people make assumptions about what others want, without checking their perception, and more often than not they get it wrong.

Sometimes taking a risk requires more courage than you thought you had.  Even with the encouragement of her best friend Kat, Emma doesn't quite manage to take a leap when she could.  Despite her caution, Emma does manage to stay true to herself and she does make tough decisions.  Her experiences with Seth and Nick are both wonderful and heartbreaking - and it's not till the very end that you learn how things will play out for the three of them.  I really enjoyed Finding My Way.  There is another book to follow that I will be watching for.

4 out of 5 stars 

Megan Keith is a married, mother of three, living in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia. She has a constant thirst for a good story, whether it is in books, music, movies, on TV, or just plain old-fashioned gossip. She has always had a creative side and loves to let her imagination run wild. On a few occasions over the years, Megan has put those imaginings into a written story, but never dreamed of publishing. She has always loved to read, but it wasn’t until she got given a Kindle that it became a full-blown addiction. Her introduction to the world of Indie Authors re-ignited her passion for writing and she has spent the past ten months working on what was supposed to be one book, but has now turned into three. Finding My Way is the first of the trilogy, and is also her debut self-published novel.

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