I fell in love with this book cover and thought the story had to be good so I didn’t even bother reading the blurb. I’m pleased to say my gut feeling didn’t let me down. The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock is the perfect beach read.
It’s a lighthearted romance with a sprinkle here and there of suspense and action, that keeps the reader turning pages until the end.
The story starts in 1937 but it then fast-forwards to 1952, when Lily (the heroine) is all grown up and about to leave town with her best friend Jane. I think this is my favorite part of the story. I love the dynamic between Jane and Lily. Jane’s vivacious and doesn’t settle for anything less than it’s worth. She dreams big and always wants more.
Lily, on the other hand, has big dreams but the guilt of leaving her father behind weighs heavy on her. Reading about two girls leaving town for the big apple, had me turning the pages until Lily changes her mind. I was disappointed with that twist because I was looking forward to seeing what the two of them would do in NYC.
Despite that bit of disappointment, I enjoyed the story. The author does a great job of letting the reader see/understand the reasons Lily decides to stay in town. It’s not as though she never gets to leave anyway.
I do, however, wish that Jane would’ve had more of an active role given that she’s Lily’s best friends. Maybe perhaps Jane would’ve stolen the spotlight from Lily, but I think that the two together would’ve been a lot more fun to read.
The dynamic between the Boone and Clive duo was fantastic. Clive–though not attractive and a pain in the ass as only he can be–is hilarious in his own way. It was nice to see how Boone learns to appreciate Clive for who he is and even admits there might just be a lasting friendship in the making.
I have to say that if there’s ever a story for Jane in the Big Apple, I will absolutely read it.
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AMAZON: The Nearness of You