Monday, April 1, 2013

Blog Tour: And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry - Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry.  The tour is hosted by Itching for Books Blog Tours.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Today's stop features a review, and excerpt (Chapter 1 from the book), as well as a tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

And Then I Found You
by Patti Callahan Henry
Publication Date:  April 9, 2013
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life.  Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That's why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan's drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

And Then I Found You gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.

My Thoughts:  The year is 1988, the first day of Spring, and 13-year-old Katie Vaughn finds herself walking in the moonlight with Jack Adams in Bluffton South Carolina, the guy she has a major crush on, and the night Katie gets her first kiss.  Jack says, “So, you’re my girlfriend now, right?”  Katie’s reply was, “Of course.”  Jack then proceeds to tell Katie about how his mother believes that anything you promise on the first day of spring is a promise you can never break.”  After Jack leaves and before goes home, Katie also speaks these words, “Today I said my first curse word.  Today was my first kiss.  Today is the first day of spring, and now my first promise:  I vow to never ever love anyone but Jonathan Gray Adams – My Jack.”

The year is now 2010 and little did Katie, who now goes by Kate, know the effect those works she spoke so many year ago would have on her life, and the journey she would go through between then and now.  She is 35 years old now and is living in South Carolina again.  She has opened her own boutique and is dating Rowan, a great guy she has been with now for four years, yet the thing that excites her the most is the letter she receives once a year on the first day of spring.  This yearly letter is from Jack Adams, the man that whether she wants to admit it or not, she still loves…the man no one else ever lives up to……the man she made that promise to so many years ago.  Kate and Rowan are meeting Rowan’s parents, and Kate accidentally finds a diamond ring in his Rowan’s night stand.  She kind of freaks out, and ultimately realizes that she must talk to Jack and find closure before she can move on.  She hasn't seen Jack for 13 years, and it was 13 years ago on that first day of spring that Katie’s life changed forever.  

And Then I Found You is Katie and Jack’s story.  It is one of first love and kisses, promises of forever, loss, heartache, and finding love again.  The story is fictional but based on true-life events that occurred in the author’s little sister’s life, and I would definitely suggest visiting Patti Callahan Henry’s website and reading about the story behind the story.  I loved the characters, and the story itself is heartwarming and heart wrenching, and is wonderfully and beautifully written.  The romance is great, and this book is one you won’t want to miss, especially if you are a contemporary romance fan.  And Then I Found You is something that will touch your heart in a unique way and I definitely recommend it.  

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About the Author
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times Bestselling novelist. She has published nine novels (Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Betweeen the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer, The Perfect Love Song, Coming up for Air and the upcoming And Then I Found You --April 2013, St. Martins Press). Patti has been hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, appearing in numerous magazines (Good Housekeeping; SKIRT; The South; Southern Living, etc..). She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. She has been nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Fiction Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and all novels are on Brilliance Audio.  Two of her novels were OKRA picks and Coming up For Air was an Indie Next choice. Patti is a a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events and book festivals, discussing the importance of storytelling. Her next novel, AND THEN I FOUND YOU, will be released on April, 9th, 2013 by St. Martins Press. Patti Callahan Henry is a full time writer, wife and mother of three living in Mountain Brook, AL.

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  1. Wonderful review. Great excerpt. Thanks for participating.

  2. Such a great post, Ellen! I love your review and really enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  3. What a lovely, emotional story! This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing, Ellen!

  4. Wow, this one sounds amazing! I love that it's based on a true life story too!

    1. I found that part to be the highlight of the book for me.

  5. Oh gosh I think I am going to have to read this one now!

  6. Whoa! Sounds like quite a heartbreaking whirlwind of a romance! An interesting life long journey to hopefully end up together?! Or will she move on? Very curious now!

  7. Thanks for sharing! Sounds fantastic!

  8. I just teared up reading the review. I don't know if I could read the book without balling my eyes out!! LOL


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