Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
I just finished this book and the one word that can describe how I feel at the moment is satisfied. I can’t think of a single thing missing from this book, it was complete perfection. Renee Carlino has written another beautiful romance with characters that imprint themselves into your being.
This story actually came across more like a movie to me (there was even an unforgettable meet-cute!), and I think that’s because Renee writes such vivid scenes that are multidimensional and multifaceted. I’ve never been to Napa or Chicago, but these cities were so vivid, they jumped off the page. I could feel the tranquility of a Napa vineyard, and I experienced the grittiness and frost of Chicago in the winter. This book can compete with some of the best romantic comedies out there! Amazing!
The imagery only made the characters that much more believable to me. I saw a lot of myself in Kate. I’m realizing that this author has a thing for STUBBORN heroines. Kate is as fearful of love and heartache as the rest of us, and seeing her struggle to accept love hit me on a personal level. I think that anyone can identify with her insecurities. Jamie was the sexy, mysterious man that Kate needed to open up to in order to embrace love, in order to LIVE. Jamie and Kate’s love was soul deep, and their journey left me full of hope and inspiration.
I don’t mean to get too philosophical about love and all that mushy stuff, but if you’re feeling a little down, or leaning towards skepticism, I’d recommend you read this book. This is what romance novels used to be like, and what I miss so much! Sometimes you just need a beautiful love story with a swoon-worthy ending to brighten your day! Buy it!