- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (2 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425277151
- ISBN-13: 978-0425277157
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,36,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It's You Paperback – 2 Jun 2015
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Praise for It's You
“Once more Porter is able to write about painful life situations with dignity, grace, and authenticity. What might be heavy and depressing in other writer’s hands is gentle and cathartic in Porter’s.”—Library Journal
“Two stories of heartbreak and loss wrap into one, demonstrating the depth of emotion humans are capable of and how extensive the healing process can sometimes be.”—RT Book Reviews
“It’s You is an extremely well written, emotional, and resonating story of grief and with an ending that isn’t traditionally happy and neat… For fans of Porter’s Brennan Sisters Trilogy, you’ll be delighted with a number of guest appearances.”—Chicklitplus.com
“It’s You was an introspective, sometimes heartbreaking, piece of women’s fiction by the exceptionally talented Jane Porter… From tragic loss of loved ones to new-found friendships, and from the end of a love story to the beginning of a young romance, It’s You will be sure to bring out your compassionate side.”—Harlequin Junkie
Praise for the novels of Jane Porter
“Porter writes with genuine warmth and quiet grace about the everyday problems all women face.”—Chicago Tribune
“[Porter] understands the passion of grown-up love…Smart, satisfying.”—Robyn Carr
“Porter writes with honesty, warmth, and compassion.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Jane Porter is the USA Today bestselling author of The Good Wife, The Good Daughter, The Good Woman, She’s Gone Country, Mrs. Perfect, Flirting with Forty (basis for the Lifetime movie), and several other novels. There are more than twelve million copies of her books in print. Jane lives in Southern California.See all Product description
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Jane Porter, USA Today bestselling author, pens her new book, It's You, which tells the story of a young woman who after the death of her fiance's death is losing herself a bit by bit, until she chances upon an opportunity to prove her worth as well as find herself through another old woman's heart-broken love story during the second world war in Germany.
In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.
What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.
As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.
Dr. Alison McAdams lost herself on the death of her fiance and especially she can't forgive herself for what happened to him. But when her father invites her to his retirement home at her hometown, Napa, she barely knew that the people of that retirement home would change her life drastically. Especially when a cranky old woman shares her life story during the second world war in Germany, when the Nazi government was ordering to hang and punish those Germans who participated in the Resistance, thus making Ali believe that there are many broken and unfulfilled love stories like hers and that she needs to move on with her life, but it is so hard to let her fiance go.
The writing style is really good, evocative as well as layered with emotions which will hit the readers sharply with it's intensity. The narrative style is coming-of-age and will sound realistic and contemplating enough to keep the readers engaged to the storyline. The prose is articulate with a steady pace. There are bit of twists in the end which have been nicely portrayed with little or no hints at all to the readers about it's wonderful and satisfying climax.
The characters are strongly developed and they voice the pain with lots of realism and intensity, and the grief of every other character in this story is real and can be related by the readers. The main character, Alison, may not feature herself a likeable one, since she is holding back so much with her past, yet somehow, the readers will grow on her since the way the author has depicted Alison to handle grief and pain is striking.
The last few chapters are set in Germany which have been portrayed like a guide book, the descriptions may not be that vivid and intricate with descriptions, but felt like something reading out of a guide book when visiting Germany, which streets to visit and which monuments to visit etc.
Overall, it's a compelling story with a history that takes us deep into the pain and hidden torture of the German-Nazi government. In short, a poignant as well as an engaging story where the emotions are portrayed deeply and the story has so quite a few layers and unraveling them felt like reading a historical romantic fiction, where the romance is hidden under depths of history.
Verdict: This book will appeal highly to the contemporary fiction lovers.
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We also have Ali, a purely modern character, who is dealing with her own challenges, and an aging father. I think the author did a really good job of showing how hard and difficult it can be as the adult child of aging parents. Ali's former relationship is the only thing not covered in great depth, but I think more details on that would've just derailed the real stories here. A few more details might've been helpful, but I never felt like there was more I needed to know, so I'm OK with less development of the fiancé and their story. Ali's new relationship doesn't have an "ending" but that's OK, too. That just tells me there is more to the story and leaves some to my imagination.
This is not a standard romance, with the HEA ending. I think some romance readers will be disappointed by that, but I found it refreshing and real. As I said, there is a future after the book ends and I'm ok with imagining that. Not every book needs a HEA epilogue.
If you want good fiction, with interesting characters in realistic settings, then give this one a try. This has been one of my favorite Jane Porter books.
Dr. Alison McAdams has no idea going to Napa to help her ailing father will bring several new friendships that will change her life. One new friend is a cantankerous elderly lady at the retirement home where her father resides. They bond as neither has expected.
Edie Stephens’ story spans decades where Ali’s is more recent. Ali lost her fiancé just weeks before their wedding when he decided to take his own life. As Edie’s story is told, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into her history and can feel her emotions just by the words on the pages. She tells of her first love, Franz, and how their life was during the Second World War.
From Arizona, to California’s wine country, to Berlin, this story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It is a very emotional but very well written story that you won’t want to miss.