Author: Laura Johnston
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Kensington (September 15, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Wish You Were Here
One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.
But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.
When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…
If there is one thing I am a huge sucker for it is a sweet romance. One that makes you smile almost as quickly as you turn the pages.
One that has unforgettable characters and an even better story line filled with the pains of first love and a coming of age story you aren't likely to forget anytime soon.
Rewind To You gave me everything I crave in such a read. Johnston managed to grab all my favorite elements and mesh them together to create a wonderful heartfelt story that I absolutely loved. It warmed my very heart and soul and gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings I can't help but crave.
This might be Johnston's debut novel but you would never guess it. She nailed it with this one.
Not only was this the perfect summer read but it was the perfect read for whenever you need something that will uplift you and bring a smile to your face. The kind of story that you like to ooh and aah over.
I adored Austin and couldn't get enough of him. So very sweet, caring and all around good guy that you hope and wish everyone would encounter at some point in their life and Sienna was his match in every single way.
Sienna was going through some very challenging times, guilt, heartache and the loss of losing someone she loved. Austin brought her out of her shell. He taught her how to forgive, let go, and how to be strong. He mended everything that was broken inside of her and I couldn't help but love him for it.
This was so much more than a sweet love story, it was a wonderfully done tale of learning how to deal with pain, loss, and moving on while still keeping your heart open to new experiences, new people, an new challenges.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
Great review Kindlemom, I wish I could get into YAs but alas it's just not my genre. I am reviewing a YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic trilogy by J Barton Mitchell that's incredible but I think it's the action in that one that pulls me in.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing :)
Action is important for sure. ;)Delete
Your review makes it sound like a great book. I may have to add this one to my TBR list.ReplyDelete
SIGN ME UP FOR THIS ONE ALI!!! You know I love a sweet romance as much as you do, especially one free of unnecessary drama and angst. I need more warm fuzzy feelings in my life, so I'm adding this to the list immediately:)ReplyDelete
Sounds great. I like sweet romances too, and that's wonderful it didn't read like a debut!ReplyDelete
It really was. :)Delete
Ohh! This is my favorite type of romance as well! Angst and I don't go together very well, so when I find a low-angst, sweet read that makes me smile, there's no one happier on this planet. I'll get a copy of this right now. Thanks, Ali!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you love it Maja. :)Delete
I love romances with little drama and lots of feel good, so I will keep this in mind for winter when I need something light and fluffy.ReplyDelete
I hope you do and you like it Heidi. :)Delete
I really love the sound of this one. I am really hit and miss with NA, but this seems right up my alley. I love the cute romances that have you smiling whilst your reading them. Great review, thanks for sharing! :)ReplyDelete
So true. I live for these type of reads. ;)Delete
You're right, it's always nice to have a cute romance, I love them as well and I didn't know this one this thank you for the discovery!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. :)Delete
I do love romances that have a more emotional side to them, where the characters are working through things and everything isn't just super easy. This sounds like a wonderful debut!ReplyDelete
It really was. :)Delete
*sighs* You know how I am with NA / romance novels, but this one really does sound intriguing! I love books that are emotional and powerful, and this one sounds like certainly it fits that bill. I might give it a try when I'm in the mood for something in the NA genre! Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3ReplyDelete
~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf
This can be a hard genre so I completely understand Zoe! I am glad you are at least considering it though. ;)Delete
Yay for another great read!ReplyDelete
I don't know if it's me or the books that I've been reading lately but I'm in a slump! Maybe a contemporary will do the trick
They are usually my go to books when I am in a slump. ;)Delete
I love the sound of it, and I'm happy you really enjoyed it. Sometimes a sweet read does wonders for the heart, right? Hehe.ReplyDelete
I crave for sweet romance from time to time myself. And there's so many out there! This one sounds great. :)ReplyDelete
There really are so it is nice to find one that isn't so filled with angst.Delete
I just love a good sweet romance. I am glad you enjoyed this and you've convinced me to check it out.ReplyDelete
Yay, I hope you do!Delete
The perfect summer read? Oh shot, but summer ended! Not in the mood anymore. Thanks for your thought though, Aly. Saw this on NG, glad it was a good one :)ReplyDelete
It would be good for fall too. ;)Delete
Austen sounds dreamy, and I love this type of feel good, make you smile romance. Plus the cover is great..i adore almost smooching.ReplyDelete
The cover is great.Delete
When Laura announced that this was coming out, I was so excited for her! I haven't had a chance to read her book yet, but I am super excited to! Thank you for the lovely review.ReplyDelete
I bet you love it Natalie, it was such a sweet read!Delete
Thank you for the kind words and lovely review, Ali. I appreciate it! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Laura for stopping by and checking it out!! <3Delete