Monday, May 22, 2017

FINDING YOU by Jo Watson

Publisher:   Forever
Published:  May 2, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455595549
Genre:       Contemporary Romances, Chik Lit, Women’s Fiction
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



Jane Smith has always been a good girl.  Quiet, shy, withdrawn and a tad morose.  So intent to please her family she became a dentist and into practice with her father. But he’s not really her father. Oh, it’s nothing nefarious…Jane was adopted and despite her best efforts and those of her adoptive mother, she’s never fit in. At least she didn’t think so. She just went along to get along and kept to a logical, practical and safe routine. And then one day, just before her twenty-fifth birthday she had a meltdown. Not your every day sit down and cry. No, this was something more, much more.
Instead she books a trip to Santorini, Greece.  By herself. Determined to find her father, her birth father. All she knows about him is he is Greek and his name is Dimitri. She flips through one of the airline travel magazines on the way from South Africa to Greece and finds herself not just studying a totally hot model in an ad…she ends up having a very, very steamy dream about him. And true to the way things happen in Jane’s life, when she lands in Santorini, who should be at the airport to pick her up but the very male model she’s already had some very, very erotic fantasies about. A not only is he there to drive her to her hotel, he’s determined to show her Santorini—to show her the island home he loves.  And in an even more wicked twist of fate, his name is Dimitri.  And not only his name Dimitri…it seems that Dimitris are all over Santorini.  Determined not to repeat what she sees as her birth mother’s mistake, Jane fights her growing attraction for the tour guide/model who is determined to be there for her.

Step by step, bit by bit, Dimitri finds his way into Jane’s heart. So much so they open their hearts and admit their love for each other. But Dimitri makes one misstep, one that sends Jane fleeing back to South Africa. Can she find a way to forgive what he’s done?

It’s not unusual for me to mention a current read to my friends and on occasion say, yeah, you’d like this one.  Rarely though do I tell pretty much everyone I know “You’ve got to read this one.”  Jo Watson’s FINDING YOU is one of those books I’ve just had to tell everyone about and recommend. FINDING YOU pretty much has something for everyone.  There are parts that I not only laughed out loud, but laughed hard enough that I got tears in my eyes. Watson has a wonderful sit that comes through in her characters. 

There are parts where you ache for Jane and when the truth of Dimitri’s actions come out, you want to shake her and tell her to give him another chance because you feel his pain. Her story is moving from start to finish.

Watson takes you into the streets of Santorini and paints such a vivid picture of the island you feel you are there…and want to journey there to see for yourself. And Jane’s friends add some wonderful insights and comedic elements to the story.

I read the first book in this series, BURNING MOON, and wasn’t impressed.  I felt that the characters did nothing but complain and ruminate about how unfair life was. I didn’t see any of the humor I saw in FINDING YOU, nor the wonderful connections between the characters. I took a pass on reading book 2, ALMOST A BRIDE and reluctantly started FINDING YOU.  I am so glad I picked FINDING YOU up. It is one of those books that you start and you just can’t put it down until the end. And, when I was done I went back and read certain parts over because they were just so good. I’ll be going back and reading ALMOST A BRIDE but I have to admit it’s Stormy’s story I really can’t wait to read next.  Hopefully that one will be on its way soon. 

FINDING YOU is definitely one to put on the top of your must read list.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



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