Wednesday, April 1, 2015

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Giveaway: "Love, Lucy" by April Lindner

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Title: Love Lucy

Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 305
Publication date: January 27th 2015
My rating: 5/ 5 stars


Synopsis:

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
 




Review:


This book follows Lucy Sommersworth, a talented girl with a passion for acting and the thrill that comes with being on stage. Unfortunately, her father, a stubborn business man, doesn't allow her to fulfill her dream and instead makes a deal with her so she never auditions for a play ever again and accordingly majors in business when she goes to college. In exchange for agreeing to her father's conditions, Lucy heads off on a trip to Rome with her mother's friend's daughter. It isn't exactly what Lucy had in mind, but it was the most appealing of the options given. 

While in Rome Lucy meets an amazing street-singer, dark, mysterious, and coincidentally American guy named Jesse. They had somewhat of a rocky start, but it's not long till they both can't hide their mutual attraction. This book is divided into parts, so that makes up for the first one. After that, Lucy must face the fact that she has to return home to the States. Meaning that she has to leave Jesse behind. 

The rest of the books is basically Lucy living her life in college and dealing with all the things that start happening. New love interests, breaking promises, making decisions and figuring out who and what she wants to be.

I must say I was really surprised by this book and how much I actually enjoyed it. I think it was very well written romance story with a bit of depth to it. To me the main character was very endearing. I actually found times where I was relating to her a lot. And I really appreciate when authors can create relatable characters. It makes the story a lot better. Although she could get acutely annoying sometimes. Not so much that I didn't enjoy the story, but I figured I ought to mention it. Anyway, Lucy wasn't the only character I liked, I found all the other characters to be very well written as well, and there was sufficient description of all of them. 

I also enjoyed the romance aspect in this book. I think it was lovely and cute. Like in most YA contemporaries, it wasn't the most feasible, but what would be the point, right? It was dreamy, adorable, and steamy and overall lovely. I couldn't have asked for more. Another thing I loved was the imagery and how it felt like I was actually in Rome! I just love it when books to that. When I finished the book I was left with this sudden urge to pack my bags and leave to a far away destination. Wanderlust, anyone?

As for the problems with this book I only had one and it isn't all that major, just a little something I felt could have been a lot better. What I'm talking about is the pacing. Like I said, this book is written in parts and I felt like a couple of them were a bit rushed. Particularly the first one. As I was reading it, I noticed that a lot of things were omitted. I mean, I can see how many of them weren't all that crucial to the story, but it wouldn't hurt to have a bit more info thrown in there.

Overall I really did love this book. I fell in love with the story and how it really made my heart melt and my feelings to go all over the place. I would highly recommend it to those who like a good romance, books about traveling, Audrey Hepburn references (yay!) and fairly quick reads.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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