12 February 2014

{book review} Here Without You

By: Me My Shelf And I | 12 February 2014 at 12:46 AM | | | | | | |


Here Without You
Author: Tammara Webber
Pages: 250
Release Date: August 6th 2013
Format: eBook
Rating: 5 Birds

Everyone has secrets.
Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten.
But a secret never told can turn into a lie.
And in love, a lie is one thing:
Reid's in love with Dori, though she hasn't told her parents that she's fallen hard for the guy they'd forbidden her to see. Now she's leaving for college, and Reid's promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can't - or won't - return those three important words he wants to hear.
Five years ago, Brooke and Reid were a Thing. That relationship is long gone, detonated amid allegations of cheating - but they still share a secret that would stun everyone they know and alter public perception of them both if it ever comes out. And it's about to do just that.
Here Without You is the fourth, final installment in the Between the Lines series, which includes: Between the Lines, Where You Are, and Good ForYou.

In the wise words of Dori Cantrell – Good Golly.

First things first, there is no way I am getting through this review with out some spoilers. So heads up.  If you’re already reading the series, you don’t need a review to convince you to keep going so I think that I’m safe 

In general, I have a hard time with books that end all happy with a bow on top. But, in general most books don’t have THIS MANY pit falls, struggles and near misses, real life screw ups,  spanning over a full cast of characters, as this series does. Maybe it was the alternating POV’s that made me attach to fiercely to each person in a different way, more so than I might if the story is told from only one POV. Maybe in the case of this series, I desperately needed things to okay or okay-ish to be able to put it down. Hmm, food for thought there. But, I digress: When I turned that last page and things were all wrapped up, explained and had a bow on top – albeit a slightly strange and unconventional bow, I was totally 100% okay with it. My heart felt full and I was okay to set aside this series knowing they were out there living their lives, happily.

This series has been my every day for the last 4 days. A book a day. Yes, you read that right. Much like the sequence of the reviews, I read the books that fast too. It effected me, as if I was the one actually living the life of Dori or Brooke or Emma. Every song on the radio reminded me of a part of the book – I was useless to my family for 4 days. Don’t worry, every one was fed and bathed, I was just reading while doing those tasks…

Tammara Webber has built this world for you so spectacularly, that you’ll have no trouble sliding right in a believing the Hollywood lifestyle to be your norm.  Dori, lives the life that every girl in the world (don’t even try to deny it!) dreams of at one point or another. A famous movie star fell for her and turned her world into a fairy tale, even if she keeps trying to return those glass slippers because the money saved could feed a family for a year.

We all think that we would run straight on into that kind of life, be willing and ready for bulb flashes and red carpets, but Dori isn’t really ready – and I have to say as I can totally understand where she’s coming from.

While Dori is trying to gear up for a life in the limelight alongside Reid, Brooke Cameron, Reid’s ex, and the mother of his biological child that was placed for adoption when he was born, seems to be trying to slip out of her Hollywood persona almost. She’s located her son, in hopes to just check on him and make sure he’s okay and found that he, in fact is not okay. Shedding her normal high fashion and make-up, and gaining back her southern accent a little even at parts, she’s determined to get back the child she gave away so many years ago.

Where’s Reid in all this? Stuck trying to keep the woman he loves, and work with the one he used to love in order to find the best possible outcome for himself and his son, River. And in order to make all this work, Brooke and Reid are going to have to reach out to Emma and Graham for help. Oh yea…you can imagine how that might go.

I closed this book with tears in my eyes, and a heavy heart that I was saying good-bye to a series that has quickly become one of my all time favorites. I want to scream and beg for more in this series, but things were tied up so well – there’s just not much of an opening for that. Maybe we’ll get a fake “where are they now” feature with the characters some day! I’d be okay with that! Mostly I just want to know all about the wedding….whose you ask? Hmm, read it and find out.





1 comment:

  1. I saw a review of this one when it first came out, and I ended up not buying it because of that review.. It basically said that it should have left off where it was and that this book was a waste.

    I do still have it in my wishlist though. I'm glad I stumble onto your review. I loved the other three, so I really should just buy it and see for myself how it is. I never liked Brooke though, but I didn't like Reid either and he grew on my in the previous book. Hmmmm. :)

    glad you loved it!


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