Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet Me in Barcelona

Meet Me in Barcelona 2A surprise trip to Barcelona with her boyfriend, Jake, seems like the perfect antidote to Grace Sawyer’s current woes. The city is dazzling and unpredictable, but the biggest surprise for Grace is discovering who arranged and paid for the vacation.

Carrie Ann wasn’t just Grace’s foster sister. Clever, pretty, and mercurial, she was her best friend—until everything went terribly wrong. Now, as she flees an abusive marriage, Carrie Ann has turned to the one person she hopes will come through for her. Despite her initial misgivings, Grace wants to help. But then Carrie Ann and Jake both go missing. Stunned and confused, Grace begins to realize how much of herself she’s kept from Jake—and how much of Carrie Ann she never understood. Soon Grace is baited into following a trail of scant clues across Spain, determined to find the truth, even if she must revisit her troubled past to do it.

Mary Carter’s intriguing novel delves into the complexities of childhood bonds, the corrosive weight of guilt and blame, and all the ways we try—and often fail—to truly know the ones we love.

My Impressions:

When Jake wins the vacation of a life time for him and his girlfriend Grace, Grace sees wedding bells in her future. Jake on the other hand is not so sure. When Grace's foster sister, Carrie Ann, shows up Jake and Grace are pushed to the limits and are about to discover how little they actually know about each other. With past secrets coming to life relationships are called into question and scars are torn open.

 I adored this witty, romantic, adventurous, quirky book. It was just a fun read from beginning to end. Filled with discovery, overcoming your past, finding love and childhood bonds that never end keeping you engaged and enthralled from the first page till the bitter end. Packed with imagery so wonderful it transports you right into the thick of things.

Personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book that Mary Carter puts out.

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About the Author: 

Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist.  Meet Me in Barcelona is her eighth novel. Her other works include:  Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthology, Summer Days, A Southern Christmas in the upcoming 2014 anthology Our First Christmas, A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Mary currently lives in Chicago, IL with a demanding labradoodle. She wishes she could thank her gorgeous husband, but she doesn’t have one. In addition to writing she leads writing workshops.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Books in exchange for my honest review and opinion with I have given. 

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