Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino
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.
This is a read that filled me with hope for Jamie and Kate to find what they’re searching for. I was also consumed with gratefulness for what I have in my life as their journey taught me this. The whispers gave me the chills and kind of freaked me out at first until I understood their meaning. In many ways Jamie and Kate were willing and able to take care of one another, physically and emotionally. The foundation they built upon was solid and pure in my eyes. Renee provided me with a sense of peace with Jamie and Kate’s ending. Kate found answers to questions she’d been asking, coming from a place where she thought she had no one. Jamie found his place that he wanted to be and nowhere else. With his angel. There were times that worried me to the point of teeth grinding because I didn’t know what would happen next, while other times I felt at ease anticipating what I thought would occur next. There’s no cliffhanger and the brief jump in time at the end fit perfectly to leave me with no questions unanswered. The witty remarks and banter felt real and was compatible with the characters’ personalities. This helped their interactions and bonds with their friends and family flow effortlessly. I’d love to see more of this gang as they make me feel happy (gah I can’t wipe the grin off of my face)! Give this a try and find your next crush!! Rating: 4.5 stars