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#REVIEW and #NEW #RELEASE today, 8-25! "Come Away With Me" by Karma Brown!
One minute, Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way. The next, a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident that will change her life in ways she never could have imagined.
Tegan is consumed by grief, not to mention her anger toward Gabe, who was driving on the night of the crash. But just when she thinks she's hit rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences, and so begins an adventure of a lifetime.
From the bustling markets of Thailand to the flavors of Italy to the ocean waves in Hawaii, Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey to escape the tragedy and search for forgiveness. But they soon learn that grief follows you no matter how far away you run, and that acceptance comes when you least expect it.
Heartbreaking, hopeful and utterly transporting, Come Away with Me is an unforgettable debut and a luminous celebration of the strength of the human spirit.
Just as childless couple Tegan and Gabe can no longer take the devastation of losing yet another pregnancy, they do again, and this time it is because of an automobile accident.
To help stop the blame game each of them is putting the other through yet again, and to help stop the great strain this huge loss is putting negatively on their marriage, this game of mounting anger is growing larger as they do more finger pointing at the other and all of this beginning to take control over and ruin their relationship "if they allow it." They do not want their marriage ruined, so they get their ‘Jar of Spontaneity’ down and choose 3 papers from inside it.
This is a glass jar they have both put origami folded papers into that have a written destination on that one day they want to travel to together during their lifetime. Places they want to go to to get away from it all, just the two of them, together. Now was the time to start to using this, not waiting until they were retired or at any other time. So they blindly pulled three papers out to go to three places. Thailand, Italy, and finally Hawaii to try to escape, to put their marriage back together, and overcome the loss of another child.
What Tegan has learned from this travel, and the sorriest part of all, is no matter how hard you try to run and escape grief, it is still there, rearing it’s ugly head, leaving you feel as if you just lost everything you had, again, all over again, because you just did.
This story was so beautifully written, you felt as if you were at every destination this couple traveled to. This author does such a wonderful job of capturing every little beautiful detail of everything, I highly recommend reading this book for that, alone. If you want to take in the wonderful senses and sites this couple travels to, I can see you going along for this trip for that, alone.
At the end of this story . . . as all books do end . . . will literally leave you hanging . . . with your mouth dropped open towards the floor. It sure did me. I’ve never read anything like this before. Even if you don’t like to travel to these places, or have already been there and don’t think you could get a thing out of this book, READ THIS! You will get SO MUCH out of this book! This is all I am going to tell you as I am going to leave the rest to you to learn about. Enjoy! Remember, it IS ALWAYS the little things that DO matter in life!
I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin/Mira, and NetGalley, for giving me the amazing opportunity to get to read and review this title for them! Thank you!
“One woman's journey through grief becomes the journey of a lifetime, in Karma Brown's adventurous, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel. This emotional love story will stick with you long after you've turned the final page. “
—Colleen Oakley, author of Before I Go
“Come Away with Me tells the heartbreaking yet hopeful tale of a life lost and a life reclaimed. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love will flock to this novel…. Karma Brown is a talented new voice in women's fiction.”
–Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
“Karma Brown has written a book that will make you feel like you've traveled the world without leaving your seat. Come Away with Me is full of lush locations, memorable characters, and a turn of events that is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Brown's work is as smart as it is effortless to read.”
–Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do
"I was already emotionally invested in this beautifully written story of love and loss when an unexpected turn of events knocked the wind right out of me. Heart-wrenching yet hopeful,Come Away with Me had me smiling through my tears."
–Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island.