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Book Review: Nowhere But Here by Renée Carlino

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A Chicago reporter in her mid-twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. From the outside, her life seems charmed. She has a handsome, long-term boyfriend and a budding journalism career at a popular Chicago newspaper. But in reality, her relationship is going nowhere, and she’s quickly losing motivation for what she once believed was her dream job. When her boyfriend dumps her unceremoniously, Kate loses all hope of finding love.

With no living family and few friends, Kate confides in her boss. Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, he gives Kate the opportunity to jumpstart her career. The assignment: to interview the famously reclusive R.J. Lawson, a wealthy tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as a Napa Valley vintner. The week takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lawson refuses to divulge any information. Desperate for a lead, Kate turns to Jamie, a vineyard hand who shows her the romance of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. But his connection to Lawson is ambiguous, and when Jamie disappears before the end of the week, Kate is left to investigate another story: the truth behind the man who stole her heart.

USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino explored love and heartbreak in her beautifully written debut Sweet Thing, and her newest novel does not disappoint. For fans of Colleen Hoover, K.A. Tucker, and Katja Millay, Nowhere But Here is a stirring and satisfying romance that you won’t want to put down.


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Nowhere But Here is a book peppered all throughout with beautiful and inspirational messages.

No matter how drama filled this book is and how cheesy some moments get, being able to read and witness Kate’s character blossoming as a person was a wonderful sight. It has a bit of everything thrown in. Life, love, relationships, finding your person and on top of that – being able to find yourself through those experiences, Carlino’s book got you. I laughed and swooned because of Jamie, almost caused me to pull some of my hair out because of Kate and even cringed in some parts of the book because of too much sweetness. Reading Nowhere But Here is such a roller coaster ride.

This book has a great setting and I love how the author wrote about it. Renée Carlino’s description was rich and vibrant, which will make us, readers, feel like being transported to Napa Valley at that specific time frame. It felt like I was right alongside Kate’s character and exploring the place together with them.

In the beginning of the book, I’m quite annoyed with Kate and on how she is with relationships. She’s so focused on this idea of her being alone that she tends to forget about those people who surrounds her. She neglects them instead of allowing her bond with them to grow. But in just a matter of 300+ pages, the shell of a person we’ve met at the beginning of the story transformed into this woman who is now ready to take on the challenges of life. That’s a beauty to witness, how she opens herself up to these people and form the tightest kind of bond she could possibly ever imagine towards them. Aside from that, Kate learned to live life to its fullest and think & give out love without any reservations.

Jamie is hands down a swoon-worthy dude. You’ll swoon for him in almost the entirety of the book because of his gestures and his plot to woo Kate back in his arms. I’m just upset because the focus of the book was mostly with Kate’s character and I would have loved to get to know more about him and his struggles. If only this book was told from both of their character’s POV…

I had fun watching Kate awkwardly interact with Beth, Dylan and even Ashley. But seriously those moments were all a joy to watch especially her relationship with Dylan. Their light and playful banters, Kate giving Dylan pieces of advice and on just how caring Dylan gets towards her. I would love to have a best friend like Dylan, though. Where could I possible find one?

Question. Can it really take only four days or less for you to fall in love with someone? Situations like this are not that realistic to me. Maybe it’s because I haven’t experienced it for myself. But nice save by the author, though. Inside my head, this book felt like it has been divided into parts. In which the second part until the end saves the insta-love that was built up in the early pages of the book. There was a sudden halt that happened due to that twist and gave a breathing room for Kate and Jamie’s relationship to develop within the remaining pages of the book.

Right off the bat, I knew it! I knew that and the whole time I was just waiting for that particular moment for Kate to correctly guess it for herself. There were bits and pieces of evidence scattered all over the place for us, readers, to able to pinpoint it and to stand firmly on our hunch. The anticipation for that moment to finally happen was just building and even I already felt the need to shake Kate’s shoulder. So when Poor Katie Kate pieced it together, there wasn’t really an inch of surprise coming from me. I was just like, “Ha! It’s finally out!”

With that, Nowhere But Here still ended up being an okay read for me. It’s a well-written journey of a character who you can possibly relate to. If you’re currently hunting down a book that will possibly stir up your emotions, has a HEA and just filled with sweet moments even if life gives them shit daily, then you might want to check this out.




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