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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Meet Me In Barcelona by Mary Carter / @pumpupyourbook @marycarterbooks

Title: Meet Me In Barcelona
Author: Mary Carter
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mainstream
ARC Received From: Pump Up Your Book

A surprise trip to Barcelona with her boyfriend, Jake, seems like the perfect antidote to Grace Sawyer's current woes. The city is dazzling and unpredictable, but the biggest surprise for Grace is discovering who arranged and paid for the vacation.

Carrie Ann wasn't just Grace's foster sister. Clever, pretty, and mercurial, she was her best friend—until everything went terribly wrong. Now, as she flees an abusive marriage, Carrie Ann has turned to the one person she hopes will come through for her. Despite her initial misgivings, Grace wants to help. But then Carrie Ann and Jake both go missing. Stunned and confused, Grace begins to realize how much of herself she's kept from Jake—and how much of Carrie Ann she never understood. Soon Grace is baited into following a trail of scant clues across Spain, determined to find the truth, even if she must revisit her troubled past to do it.

Mary Carter's intriguing novel delves into the complexities of childhood bonds, the corrosive weight of guilt and blame, and all the ways we try—and often fail—to truly know the ones we love. 

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I liked this book. It's different from what I normally read in that it's suspense/mystery rather than romance.

There was so much that wasn't obvious that it made those black areas in the characters lives really stand out, made me question how much they all really knew about each other. It became increasingly evident that none of them really knew each other as well as I first believed, which was odd given they weren't strangers. Grace and Jack were lovers. Grace and Carrie Ann were sisters.

As the secrets each character held were revealed, as past and present collided, old scars were reopened. It was amazing how much they hid from each other and themselves. Then I remembered that hiding from your past isn't accomplished overnight; it takes time and patience to create a mask no one can see through. What's hidden doesn't always remain hidden though. History is proof of that. Fiction is no different. The question is will you face it and finally let your wounds heal? Or will you run from it and try, once again, to bury it?
The blurb intrigued me enough to want to read it. Am I disappointed? Nope. I'm glad I took a chance, stepped outside of my normal reading material zone, and asked to review this story. I haven't read anything by Ms. Carter before, but I think I'll pick up something else she's written and get lost in that.

Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist.  Meet Me in Barcelona is her eighth novel. Her other works include:  Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthology, Summer Days, A Southern Christmas in the upcoming 2014 anthology Our First Christmas, A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Mary currently lives in Chicago, IL with a demanding labradoodle. She wishes she could thank her gorgeous husband, but she doesn’t have one. In addition to writing she leads writing workshops.

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