Sunday, 13 October 2013

Blog Tour - Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock - Review and Giveaway



Synopsis
Can they build a future on hope alone? 

For years nurse and grief counselor Christie Bates has been teaching her patients to confront their fears, express themselves and trust in hope. But as her feelings for cancer survivor Eli Roberts and his two children grow, can she overcome her own fear and love a man who lives every day with the possibility of recurring illness?

Tackling cancer and single parenthood simultaneously has turned Eli into a devout realist. Which is why he finds Christie's perpetually upbeat attitude so aggravating. Still, despite himself, she's making a place in his heart. If only he could offer Christie more than an uncertain future.
Review by Janeane  - ARC received for an  honest review

Beware - Wish Me Tomorrow revolves a lot around cancer and cancer patients, so it is an emotional read.  But if you take the time to read it, you will come out smiling, even though you will run the whole gamut of emotions, from happy to sad ,to rage to despair.

Christie is a nurse and grief counsellor for cancer patients and survivors.  She has also been touched by cancer, though she has never really dealt properly with her emotional struggles.  But she is the eternal optimist and tries to instill the same in her patients.

Eli is a cancer survivor, single parent and ever the realist.  Though he is in remission he knows that the cancer cloud will forever hang over him.  He does not deal with the cancer issue with his kids very well at all, and he has closed his heart to love.
The stories of both Christie and Eli are so realistic.  Everyone deals will cancer in a different way, and both of theirs feel believable.  You can either have the hope it will never return, or have the dread it will and close yourself off to the world.

Eli's kids Becca and Tommy are heartbreakers.  Becca doesn't understand why her dad won't talk to them about the cancer, and is pulling away.  Tommy is younger and all he wants is his dad to be like he was before he was sick.

We have all been touched by cancer in some way, whether it personal, family, friends or colleagues, and we all have all dealt with it in our own way.

This book is an 

 I laughed, I cried, I wanted to slap people, I wanted to hug people.  I wanted to get Eli, Christie, Becca and Tommy in one big group hug and squeeze the heck out of them.
 

“So, why were you two talking about me?” Eli probed, shifting in his shining black Oxfords. In the background, the piano keys banged out the song “Let’s Do It,” an off-key chorus accompanying it.

Gran’s husky contralto rose above the rest, belting out the lyrics, “Let’s fall in love…” as she gazed down at an eyebrow-waggling John. Why was life so uncomplicated for them? They were enjoying each other’s company, plain and simple. So why, when it came to her and Eli, did their distance seem insurmountable?

“Something about Becca thinking we like each other.” Christie’s voice came out unevenly—he was standing very close to her, near enough that she could feel the warmth of him.

“Hmm. Guess she knows how to read her dad, at least.” He ran a hand through his hair, the intensity in his eyes making her flinch and turn away.

Her chest rose and fell, colored dots appearing on the edge of her vision.

“Christie. Talk to me.”
She shook her head mutely, unable to meet his gaze. There were too many secrets her eyes might tell.

He cupped her elbow and steered her farther from the party guests until they stood alone in a far corner. A sign outside the window cast red light on his pale face.

“Am I really alone in this?” His voice sounded as tattered as a retired flag. “I didn’t want to press you after our run in the rain because you looked so…surprised by my admission that I want more. But can you really tell me you’re not feeling something for me, too? Because I’m losing my mind, losing sleep. Every waking moment is me thinking about you…about us.”

His urgent tone made her look up into his pleading eyes, the surge of hope in their depths making her heart leap.

She nodded and felt his hand tighten, his hold draw her close. Her eyes shut, and she shivered at the caress of his breath against her temple. This was it. All this time, imagining what it would be like to have Eli’s arms around her, to feel him against her, their hearts beating together…it was close to coming true and she wasn’t going to deny it any longer…even though she knew she didn’t deserve any of it. And Eli needed to know why.

She wanted to admit what was in her heart before things went further, but she became suddenly conscious of the quiet crowd and the dimmed lights.

“Time to sing everyone,” Mary said. She carried a chocolate sheet cake with loopy writing and a blaze of candles. Luckily everyone was looking her way and not theirs.

John pounded out the opening notes to “Happy Birthday.” Christie avoided Gran’s speculative gaze as she and Eli stepped from the shadows and joined the assembly. Her voice blended with the rest, her body relaxing against the warm arm encircling her waist. Time to tuck away her rational self and live in this perfect, happy moment. There’d be time enough for doubts later.

“Make a wish, Eli” John called. “You’ll need a big breath to blow out all those candles.”

The group laughed then hushed as he closed his eyes and inhaled long and deep. Christie stepped aside to join Becca, Tommy and a tail-wagging Scout. Eli’s breath exploded from him, obliterating every pinpoint of light and smearing some of the candle wax on the frosting. Wow. Whatever he’d wished for, he meant it.

“What happened to Mister I-don’t-believe-in-wishes?” John wheeled closer and ruffled Scout’s ears.

Eli shrugged. He picked off the candles and dropped them on a paper plate. “Guess I’ve seen the light.”

“So, what’d you wish for, Dad?” Becca asked, grabbing hold of Tommy’s finger as it inched toward the cake.

When the lights came back up, his eyes leveled on Christie.
“Something I can’t live without.”

Wish Me Tomorrow is a book about love and loss, sadness and happiness, guilt and acceptance, and more than anything it is about knowing that your feelings are never wrong, they are what they are.  It was nice to read a romance for romance's sake for a chance, and it not full  of steamy hot sex scenes (not that I am complaining about them either!!)

Karen Rock has written and emotionally charged book,, full of "normal" people in situations that any of us could find ourselves in at any time.

Give this a read, you will not be disappointed.

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Karen Rock

Since Karen Rocks grandmother passed her shopping bagfuls of Harlequin Presents as a teen, its been her dream to add her voice to the Romance genre. Now an author of Harlequins latest contemporary line, Heartwarming, Karen is thrilled to pen wholesome, tender, deeply romantic stories that all can relate to. Her first novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, is out in September 2013 and her next, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, is out in spring 2013. Additionally, Karen is a young adult contemporary romance co-author with fellow Harlequin author, Joanne Rock for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series that debuted July 2013 with Spencer Hill Press.
When shes not busy writing, Karen enjoys watching anything starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, cooking her Nonas family Italian recipes, and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter and two King Charles Cavalier cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of fetch, though theyve managed to teach her the trick! Hmmmm wonder how that happened?! She loves to connect with other romance fans!
Please check out her website at http://www.karenrock.com, her Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites, and follow her on twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/karenrock5 or Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/karenrock.


 
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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful review, Bianca!! Your site is gorgeous and I'm so honored to be here :) If you ever have a chance, would you consider posting your review on Amazon? I know readers would love it as much as I do!!

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    1. Hi Karen - thank you! I will get posted to Amazon as well as Goodreads, just haven't had the chance to get it there yet! Glad you liked my review, Janeane

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  2. A friend of mine battled cancer during our high school years..She was in remission for about 2 years then it came back..She just recently passed away this past summer.

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  3. I ha a good friend who fought cancer and won but I also had several misfortune as well

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  4. I am fortunate not to have cancer, and no one close to me has cancer. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  5. I am fortunate enough that neither me nor anyone close to me has been diagnosed with cancer. Even if we had had a few scares here and there. Thank you for the great giveaway. :)

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