A jaded Chicago reporter in her twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius in this rich and deeply satisfying contemporary romance by the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing.
Kate Corbin has lost her spark. A year ago, she had a handsome boyfriend and a budding career as a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper. But after the woman who raised her passed away, leaving her lost and alone, she fell into a rut—and never got out. Now she’s stuck writing fluff pieces about lipstick and wine, and feeling trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere.
Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, Kate’s boss and mentor gives her the opportunity to jump-start her career. The assignment: spend a week interviewing R. J. Lawson, a famously reclusive tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as the owner of a well-respected Napa Valley winery.
Kate jumps at the chance, but the trip begins in disaster, both personally and professionally. After alienating R.J., her only saving grace is Jamie, a charming vineyard hand who shows her the beauty of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. It doesn’t take long for Kate and Jamie to fall hard, and for Kate to rethink her life in the city. But the week ends with a heartbreaking journey back to Chicago that sends Kate reeling, wondering what went wrong in those four perfect days.
“There’s no one to take care of me, no matter how many people surround me. I’m all I’ve got. Those words became my mantra.”
I identified with Kate from the very beginning of this book. Here she is, a young woman simply going through the motions of life. She has a job as a reporter and she is in a relationship but it all seems flat and still has her feeling empty. She has lost her spark and something needs to change immediately.
Kate has a few people in her corner that truly believe in her and one is her boss. He sends her on an assignment and basically says do not come back until you snap out of your funk. Kate has no idea of the adventure that awaits her.
I do not know if there are enough words to truly convey how much I adore Renee’s writing style. Yes, there is a hint of insta-love, but it is quite believable in this instance. As I stated earlier, Kate is a character that I think people, including myself, can identify with. Without telling too much of the book, she has begun to settle and we get a front row seat to see her realize that she deserves more out of life and her relationships.
And, Jamie!!! Oh my, what a leading man!!! I don’t do the whole book boyfriend thing, but if I did, he would be in the running. He symbolizes the very basic thing we all want, whether we are a man or a woman: someone to see beyond the exterior and what’s on paper and to see us for us and who we are at our core.
Kate and Jamie’s story has a little bit of everything. There is a little drama, there is some sweetness, there is some sex, and there is plenty of humor! Nowhere But Here is one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2014!!!