Nowhere but Here

Nowhere but Here

by Renee Carlino

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ISBN-13: 9781476763965
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 530,571
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.com.

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Nowhere but Here



  • Page 1

    Game Changer

    One morning in October, I woke up in my tiny Lincoln Park apartment at seven a.m., just like I always did. I got ready, ate a dry waffle, put on four layers of clothes, and walked to the L station at Fullerton and boarded the train at approximately eight fifteen, just like I always did. Nothing about that morning stood out, but it was a game-changer day—I just didn’t know it yet. I walked through three train cars before I found him. I took a seat behind two of my fellow parishioners and prepared to take in the mass. This was our church every morning, and our pastor was Just Bob, or at least that’s who he was to me. The first time I met him, I asked him his name and he said, “Bob.” I waited for him to continue and then he said, “Just Bob,” so that’s what I called him.

    Warning alarms of self-preservation should have gone off in my twenty-six-year-old head when a man named Just Bob began preaching on an elevated train full of innocent people seven months ago, but those warnings never occurred to me because the first time I had heard him speak, I was immediately hooked. He never brought up the Bible or religion or fire and brimstone—nothing like that. The first thing he had said that day was, “You’re all you’ve got!”

    AMEN.

    He was an old, tired-looking man, probably seventy years old, at least. There were five gray hairs sprouting out of his round, bald head, and he wore the same Dockers and Pendleton every single day. His clothes were clean, or at least they looked clean, but he still had a very distinct odor. He smelled of old books, like the far-back recesses of the oldest library on earth. I imagined that he lived in a dinky apartment that was stacked ceiling-high with old hardbacks. He could barely stand, let alone walk, so it was a small miracle that he made it to that train like clockwork every day just to speak to his loyal followers. There were maybe ten of us. I didn’t know the others at all—we kept to ourselves—but the faces had become easily recognizable to me over the last seven months.

    Chicago has its share of totally insane people who like to get on the L and speak loudly to no one in particular. I’ve ridden that train my whole life, but Just Bob was different. He had a message to deliver, a message that I needed to hear. Every day was a different topic. Sometimes he would channel Suze Orman and talk personal finance; other days he would talk about pesticides and preservatives in food and how he thought they were making everyone taller. That day, I’m pretty sure he was channeling Gandhi with a thick Chicago accent. He was talking about being the change you want to see. He said, “Visualize to realize, that is what I’m telling you today, good folks. You must see it before it happens. You must be your own oracle. Visualize to realize the dream!”

    As we approached my stop, I stood up and headed toward the door. Just Bob often sat at the front near the exit while he gave his sermon. As I passed, he stood on shaky legs and put his hand on my shoulder. This was very unusual. “Kate,” he said—I didn’t even know he knew my name—“It’s a game-changer day for you. Visualize to realize it.” And then, like he always said at the end of his speeches, “And remember . . .” Just Bob arched his eyebrows, waiting for me to finish the line.

    “I’m all I’ve got,” I said.

    “Exactly.”

    It was kind of creepy, in retrospect, but it was exactly what I needed at the time. He let go of my shoulder, and I exited the train at State Street into the icy cold Chicago wind, with the weirdest feeling that my life would never be the same.

    It’s not like a little change would hurt. After my first chance meeting with Just Bob, I began searching for him every morning on the Brown Line, even though that route made me late for work. It started exactly one week after Rose died, when I first felt truly and completely alone. Rose was my mother’s childhood friend and had raised me after my mom passed away from breast cancer when I was eight. My mother had me at the age of forty, after spending most of her life thinking it was impossible to become pregnant—until she met my father. Too bad he didn’t stick around. I never even met him.

    My mother was a wonderful person. She thought of me as a miracle, so she doted on me and tried to give me everything I needed. At the same time, she taught me to be an independent thinker. She was the type of person who always looked put-together until she got sick, yet I remember her telling me, You’re a beautiful girl, Kate, but don’t ever rely on your looks. She would tap her index finger on my temple and say, It’s what you do with this that matters.

    I remember she was affectionate but tough, like she was preparing me for the challenges of life. I always had the sense that she wouldn’t be around for very long, and she wasn’t, but at least I had Rose . . . until I didn’t. She died from an infection after having textbook surgery to remove a gallstone. I didn’t understand what kind of God would take away every person who cared about me. Then I realized, 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 chanted those words as I entered the lobby of the Chicago Crier, a well-known Chicago newspaper and blog, and my workplace for the last five years. I had been writing articles for the special interest section on topics like the dangers of trans fats, yoga vs. Pilates, the merits of red lipstick, and where to find inexpensive, quality wine. I was never given a serious assignment. Jerry, the editor, loved me, but from the time of Rose’s death I had been producing subpar articles with zero enthusiasm. I had no expectation of moving up at the paper because my energy for life had withered, and frankly, I didn’t deserve it. But somehow, when I walked through the doors that day, I had a new vision. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but it was an image of me at a computer, writing with fervor and passion—something I hadn’t done in eight long months.

    When I reached my floor, I found Beth standing near my cubicle. She was a tall, mousy-haired, intimidating-looking woman, but she had a huge heart and a true talent for writing. She dressed like a teenage boy in basketball shorts, T-shirts, and sneakers every freakin’ day, but it didn’t matter because she was the head writer at the paper and damn well deserved it. She got all of the biggest assignments because she put her heart and soul into every single word she wrote. I admired her.

    “Hey, kid.”

    “Hi Beth, how was your weekend?”

    “Great. I knocked out ten thousand words.”

    Of course she did. Why couldn’t I be more like that?

    “What’s this?” I pointed toward a stack of papers on my desk. The cover sheet was blank except for the bold words: R. J. LAWSON.

    “Jerry is giving you that story,” she said. I had no idea what it meant at first, but then I remembered hearing Jerry rant about R. J. Lawson. Jerry was obsessed with getting a story on him. I personally didn’t know anything about him.

    “Me? Why in the world would he give this to me?”

    Beth just smiled her knowing smile. “I don’t know, but he’s gonna be over in a sec to talk to you about it. Boy, I wanted that story, Kate. No one has been able to get an interview with him since he disappeared from public life. I’m glad you got it, though—you need it.”

    I stared at her for several moments and then I mumbled, “Yeah, I know . . . might be a game changer.”

    Smiling, she said, “You got it, sister.” Then she did a jump shot with a balled-up piece of paper, lofting it perfectly into the wastebasket behind me. “Swoosh, nothin’ but net.”

    When she turned and walked away, I stared down at the neatly stacked papers and laughed to myself, thinking Jerry had truly lost his mind giving me a real assignment. I looked up to find him peering over the partition.

    “You like? It’s an exclusive,” he said, arching his eyebrows.

    “Why me?”

    “Kate, what do you know about that guy?”

    “Nothing except that you’ve been hounding his people for a story, and I can tell you that Beth would have easily sacrificed a limb for this assignment.”

    He nodded slowly and then looked up at the ceiling as if he was thinking. The large warehouse-like room was separated by about a hundred cubicle partitions. The huge space rattled and hummed with the sound of writers chatting and typing frantically at their computers. Jerry pumped different kinds of music through the overhead speakers, creating a cocoon of creativity, but I hadn’t felt creative in a long time, and it was nobody’s fault but my own. At that moment, a sad version of the song “Heartbeats” by José González was traveling through the airwaves. I watched Jerry as he continued to look up pensively.

    He was forty years old and he looked exactly like Richard Dreyfuss circa Close Encounters. He wore his bifocals on the very last millimeter of his nose, which aged him, but he thought it gave him a look of credibility. He was in love with his wife and kids, a true family man, but he had no filter at all, so it didn’t surprise me one bit when he finally looked back down and said, “You’re a good writer, Kate. You have what it takes, and you have a nice ass, too.”

    “Jerry! What does that have to do with anything? I don’t want you to give me a huge assignment because I have a nice ass.”

    “Yeah, yeah, that’s not what I meant. I said you have what it takes. R.J. is a thirty-year-old bachelor. Looking the way you do can’t hurt.”

    “Well gee, thank you,” I said sarcastically.

    “You don’t want it?” He reached for the stack.

    “No. I want it. I just can’t believe . . .”

    “It was a compliment, Kate.”

    “Okay, fine.” He didn’t mean any harm by it. Like I said, no filter. He was the most loyal man in the world, and he wasn’t trying to objectify me. I think he thought that with R.J.’s history of turning down interviews—the only thing I did know about him, based on what Beth had told me—Beth’s aggressive approach to getting a story wouldn’t be a good fit.

    “Fine?”

    “I would love this opportunity, Jerry, thank you. Honestly though, I’m curious. Why in the world did he agree to give us an interview—and an exclusive one, at that? We’re not exactly a nationally recognized newspaper.”

    “I just bugged the hell out of him,” he said triumphantly. “I kept on sending requests until he finally replied. He said he was impressed by my persistence, and he felt our paper had more integrity than others. He most likely checked us out. He seems eager to spread the word about the winery’s sustainability and their environmentally friendly practices, which sound pretty cutting-edge. The only thing is that his e-mail stressed how extremely private he is and how he would prefer the article to focus on the wine, not his personal life. But, Kate, a story like this could really launch the Crier into a whole new league, especially if you can get the dirt our readers want. That means finding out everything there is to know about R. J. Lawson.”

    I swiveled my chair out from my desk, crossed my legs, and leaned back. I was intrigued. “Tell me what you know about him.”

    “Hold on to your seat, this guy is truly a conundrum. In 1998, Ryan Lawson was a young MIT graduate, computer engineering prodigy, and cofounder of the largest technology company in Silicon Valley. He had the potential to be Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak rolled into one—a savvy business mind and a technological genius.”

    “Wow.”

    “Yeah, he invented some computer server that’s used in almost all government agencies, banks, and large corporations. It’s impossible to hack.”

    “So you expect me to interview a tech mogul when I’ve been writing articles on lipstick and wine?”

    “That’s the thing, Kate. In 1999, he sold his share of J-Com technologies and fell off the radar. No one knew where he went or what he was doing with his three billion dollars. Rumors surfaced that he took the money to Africa and was building schools all across the continent with his own hands, but that was never confirmed.”

    “So how did you know where to find him . . . and what is he doing now?”

    “I started hearing about him three years ago when it was leaked to a California newspaper that he had purchased a nine-hundred-acre ailing winery and outdated bed-and-breakfast in Napa Valley. He managed to keep things quiet until this year, when his wine started winning every award known to man.”

    The pieces were coming together slowly. “R. J. Lawson,” I said. “Yes, that Pinot is fantastic!”

    “Right? It’s like everything this guy touches turns to gold.”

    “Why in the world would Beth want to interview a winemaker?”

    “Because he’s refused to grant interviews and hasn’t been photographed in more than a decade. Imagine if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs had disappeared at the peak of their powers. It’s a huge story.”

    “I still can’t believe you’re giving this to me.”

    “Well, I’m not gonna lie, Kate. You’ve been producing crap lately. Did I hear that you submitted a proposal to write a feature article on the myth that fruit gum gives you fresh breath?”

    “It’s true, though. Fruity gum does not give you fresh breath. It gives you disgusting breath, and people need to know. Come on, that’s what special interest is.”

    “Key word being interest. Our readers don’t care about the worthlessness of fruity gum. They want interesting stories—­stories that will make them feel. Even if you’re writing a story about wine, you need to touch readers’ hearts. There has to be an element of humanity in every piece you write.”

    “No, I know what you’re saying. I just haven’t been motivated since . . . Rose died.”

    He looked sympathetic for a millisecond. I got the feeling that excuse was wearing thin. “You’d have to leave for California tomorrow. He’s agreed to do the interview in two parts. Tuesday and Thursday are the only days he has available, so you’ll stay at the B&B there. It will be peaceful, and you can probably knock out half the article while you’re there. Go home and talk to your boyfriend about it and let me know.”

    He won’t care. He couldn’t give a shit.

    “I’m in, Jerry. I don’t need to talk to Stephen about it. How long will I be out there?”

    He paused with that profound look in his eyes again, and then in a low voice he said, “You’ve lost your spark, Kate. Don’t come home until you find it. Bring back a great story.”

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    Nowhere But Here: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Beautifully written!
    AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
    Nowhere but Here is the first book I have read by Renee Carlino, but it certainly won't be my last.  In a world filled with contemporary romance Carlino has written a beautiful story that has that special something-something that just makes it stand out from the crowd.   Kate Corbin is a reporter.  She has believed for far too long that the only person she can count on is herself.  She's been made to feel that she's not special, and loss and grief has caused her to close off her heart to love out of fear.  This has caused her to lose that "spark" that made her writing special.  Her boss, however, hasn't given up on her, so when she finds out her assignment to interview the reclusive R.J. Lawson, she is more than shocked, because it's a really important assignment.  Upon arrival at Napa Valley, she "runs into" Jamie, literally, and immediately finds him to bring out more than just her temper.  Jamie is one of those guys that grabs your heart from the get go.  He's sexy, rugged, has a great sense of humor, and the fact that he is really pleasant to look at doesn't hurt either.  The chemistry between these two is electric, and they immediately hit it off.  Unfortunately, the same can't be said when Kate meets R.J. Lawson.  Nevertheless, she loves the staff, and Jamie, well he manages to bring something out in Kate that she didn't even know she was missing.  I loved the banter between these two.  The romance was sweet, swoon-worthy, and sizzling at times.  Jamie has a secret, and while I figured it out early on, it did absolutely nothing to take away from the book at all.  When a situation arises that causes misunderstanding and hurt, everything that Kate dreamed may be possible is shattered, and any hopes of a relationship that would result in a happily ever after ending is quickly crushed, at least in Kate's mind.  Jamie, however, is determined to win her back, but are his efforts too little too late? Nowhere but Here is a beautifully written story that contains all the ingredients that make for a perfect romance all nicely blended together, creating a wonderful story, with characters that you will love and root for, romance that warms your heart and causes you to smile, while at the same time bringing that spark that will make you fan your face at times.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then Nowhere but Here is one of those books you will be glad you took the time to read and I definitely recommend it. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Really enjoyed this romance.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    3.5 Stars. This book wasn't has gripping as ptevious books. The tempo was kinda flat, and too sedate. The story oh Kate and Matt was okay, maybe too shallow, so many different sub-stories going on. Wasn't my fav... Still love the author. LOVETOREAD
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    One of my favorite quotes from the book is "To exist in each other's souls so strongly that you are bound without a physical tie is the greatest mark of love". This author shows how love really is and explains it in great detail. My imagination went sky high as I read this book, I just couldn't put it down. Just the thought of Jamie and his boyish, romantic ways just give me butterflies, thinking of him makes me wish I was katy. ??
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was so romantic and funny I couldn't put it down. I read this while home on Christmas break from college and every page made me miss my boyfriend more and more. The book literally made me love him and miss him more than I already did. Must read!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was just okay for me! I love this authors 1st book, but this for me fell short! I could't really feel the strong connection with the characters and I didn't really get that sqwee heart ache feeling either! I just guess I really couldn't connect with the characers and Kate got on my nerves most ot the book! Too much insta love and a lot of silliness for me!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Wow, this book was awesome! I read it in one evening, I could not put it down! I highly recommend Renee's other book Sweet Thing too!
    Inthecityofone More than 1 year ago
    Wow!  If I could give more stars I would!  Woke up at 3:14 am and it is now 6:13 am....I am sorta sorry it ended. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Although Nowhere but Here was a bit of a let down after reading Sweet Thing, the book quickly captured my attention. It has an interesting plot and would have made a fantastic book, but author Renee Carlino did not deliver as adequately as I expected. The dialogue seemed forced at times and the language was not as refined as Sweet Thing, however I looked past that and loved the beautiful and honest story. At times the book was a bit too perfect, but no page was predictable.
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    RomBookLove89 More than 1 year ago
    OMG I loved this book so  much!!  Such an amazingly sweet, heartwarming, love story! "Nowhere but Here" is such a beautifully written romance novel. After reading this book, I can say I was extremely content! I was left wanting more, but only because I loved seeing the main couple together, and not because I felt empty or ripped off. One of the best contemporary romances of the year, in my opinion!! This review will be as spoiler free as I can make it because everyone should just experience the beauty of it themselves.  First of all, nothing was lacking in the romance department. I don't know about you, but I appreciate the romance and love between the main couple a little more than the twist and the outcome of the twist itself and how it affects the main couple -sometimes I want more than angst and drama, (especially when it's all over). The relationship between Kate an Jamie was amazing. There were so many sweet moments between the two and their conversations had me laughing out loud!! To me, this book was so much MORE than a romance. I love when a book is so much more than just a love story, but somehow doesn't feel as if it's lacking in the love department - there were enough romantic scenes to keep a romance reader satisfied, and I'm not just talking about the love scenes. This  story also included the importance of family, related or not. It was about Kate finding herself after feeling lost and alone for so many years. Kate's transformation and how she was able to find herself was so realistic and beautiful!! There were many characters in this story that were part of Kate's journey to find herself, and that was one of the best parts about this story. We witness Kate slowly put the pieces together of who she was meant be as a person and finally get everything she always wanted in life and be truly happy at the same time. And I have to say once again...it was beautiful!!!! There are two twists in this book, which I did NOT predict and I think the reason for this is that I got so caught up in Kate's life and the amazing writing that I was not focused too much on being detective.  I thought the first half was amazing, but it turns out, the story  just got better and better. Jamie was the star character in this for me -He was such a lovable, supportive human being and his love for Kate was real and never-ending. The little things he did for Kate throughout the entire novel is worth the read in and of itself-- It will have you swooning over and over again. "Nowhere But Here" was easily one of my top favorite contemporary romance novels. In fact it was MORE than that!! I enjoyed this novel so much that I will definitely re-read this one day just to experience it more than once because it was THAT good! :)
    Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
    Renee Carlino's Sweet Thing was a wonderful surprise for me in 2013. That sweeping story of a young woman finding her way and the man who waited for her all along is a story I will never forget. When I learned Carlino was set to release a new novel, my choice to take another journey with her characters was an absolute no-brainer. Spoiler alert: I really enjoyed Nowhere But Here. Kate Corbin is in a rut. She's stuck in place with a job she no longer finds inspiring, a boyfriend who's barely significant, she's lost since the passing of the woman who helped raise her after her mother's death. Kate feels completely alone in the world, and truly believes she'll never be able to rely on anyone else. A chance at a career-changing story of a reclusive genius and the vineyard he owns is the impetus that begins to bring Kate out of her rut. Jamie, a charming and mysterious man who works at the vineyard, makes Kate fly. He shows her beauty and kindness, passion and belief that love is there for her taking. Jamie is an utterly charming, kind, mysterious man. I didn't really want to go into comparing Jamie to Sweet Thing's Will Ryan (!!!). but cant help myself. I really adored Jamie for the same reasons Will is one of my favorite characters ever. It's that charm! And the boyish intensity. That staggering capacity for love these man carry. I love it. There's no doubt Carlino has a talent for writing fantastic, lovable men. It's also very obvious there's more going on with Jamie than it appears. I formed an opinion on that right way, was positive I was on the right track with him. Was I right? I was, and that's okay. This big secret made a lot of sense, held my attention, and helped bring necessary tension to the story. In the beginning, had a bit of a struggle feeling Nowhere But Here out. I did feel that the connection between Jamie and Kate wasn't given the time to develop in a way that sold it to me right away. Don't get me wrong, it was romantic, but felt somewhat rushed for me. But... once that initial rush and passion is given a chance to settle, when the fantasy of Kate's escape from her life blends with the realities of their lives, the relationship is given the chance it needs to become stronger and that is what sold me on Jamie and Kate. It also doesn't hurt that Jamie is the sweetest, most patient and understanding guy ever. Oh! You know who I was surprised to see in Nowhere But Here? WILL RYAN! I was very pleasantly surprised to get a little bit of crossover from Sweet Thing's Will and Mia. It did good things for my heart. Nowhere But Here has a very understated, thoughtful tone. It's a foodie and wine lover's dream. A story for those looking for a whirlwind romance and a love story that's bigger than both Kate and Jamie. This is a story that has continued to stay on my mind, and my appreciation has continued to grow. Like Sweet Thing, I could feel Renee Carlino's passion for her characters and their story in every word. It's a wonderful feeling when you find an author who can translate that passion into an experience for readers. Favorite Quotes "I live on the property." "Here?" I motioned around the room. "No, I live in..." He laughed a little before speaking again. "I live in the barn." "You live in the barn?" My eyes went wide. "It's a really nice barn, okay?" he said in a low voice. There was something about the way he said it that made my fingers tingle, like he was promising me something--and invitation perhaps.
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    Kimmerk65 More than 1 year ago
    This is beautiful love story.  It is the story of believing and giving love a chance. It's jumping off the cliff into the cold water.  The story of Jamie and Katy is a beautiful journey you will want to watch.  Purchase this book. You won't be sorry!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    What a wonderful love story. The author really makes you fall in love with the characters. I laughed and cried while reading it and theres no better read than a book that makes you do that!
    sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
    A wonderful, beautiful story that will touch every part of your heart!!!  This  book was just plain perfect. My favorite quote: “I’ve been looking for the same thing most of us are looking for.” “What’s that?” “Someone to come home to.”  A must READ!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I just couldn’t stop crying while reading this book. I don’t know why. I think I have a problem. Maybe I need to go see my Optometrist. Yo, Carlino, this is your goddamn fault. I’ll send you the bill. I really loved this book. And I can’t believe I’m gonna say this, but I will. This book is even better than Sweet Thing, and that's saying something. I can honestly say that Carlino’s writing is brilliant and mean it with all my heart. She doesn’t create beautiful characters with blah eyes, blah hair, rippling muscles. No. She doesn’t make perfect characters is what I’m trying to say. She makes lovable characters who are witty, quirky and have weird habits. If Jamie looked like an ugly chimpanzee, I would still love him. Because he was adorable. I mean his heart was adorable. Am I making sense? And now I'm beating myself up because I read it so fast. I wish I read more slowly, savored it. But I couldn't. I was like a goddamn machine.I don't even know how I managed to read through all the freaking tears. It was like a waterfall. I was reading everything Jamie said a million times. I was laughing my ass off at Kate. She was so hilarious. I loved everyone in this book. There wasn't a slutty ex trying to steal Jamie away or a stalker jealous ex trying to beat Kate up. No. And Carlino didn't go around describing everyone as beautiful, perfect and nice with kind eyes, yada yada yada. Everyone in this book had a thing that made them who they were. Sometimes when I read books with a lot of secondary characters, I get really confused because everyone is described as gorgeous, beautiful, perfect, etc. This story, in my opinion, was about a woman who lost the only family she'd ever known. She was alone, lonely. She wanted to come home to someone, for someone to come home to her. I'm not gonna do a summary or review it. These are just my thoughts on this book. I loved it. I lived it. I felt like I was right there with Kate, cheering her on, laughing with her, crying with her. And now, I feel like I lost my best friend. I can't gush enough about this book. I wish I had it in paperback so I could smell it and love it and sleep with it. I'm in love.
    TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
    I read romance books. Obviously. Some speak to me a bit louder than others. This one not only spoke to me, but reminded me that love does exist. Nowhere but Here was put in my hands at just the right time and I'm so glad I got to experience Kate and Jamie's story.  The setting in Napa Valley, was gorgeous. Having been there, I could visualize what Kate likely saw. It's romantic, naturally beautiful and can quite simple take your breath away. Add in a sweet, sexy man...gold. Like Kate, I fell for Jamie, but what really made the story was the way Jamie fell for Kate. Sure, they had issues and certainly some truly terrifying circumstances to overcome, but Jamie loved Kate with all he had.  I could sit here and recap the story, but the thing is that the story just consumed me and all I know is how I felt during and after reading it. I felt hopeful. I even had that butterfly feeling in the belly that you get when read something truly beautiful. It also reminded me that we aren't alone in this life, even when we feel that we are. Kate and Jamie both learned a lot about themselves from their relationship and it made them stronger individually and together.  Overall, I really loved this story. It was beautifully written and I could clearly picture the scenes while reading. I love that. It makes the story come alive. I would like to mention that I loved the tie in with Will and Mia. It was only for a brief moment, but I loved it!  Would I recommend this one? I most definitely would. Romantics of the world, you will want this on your kindle come release day! Quotes: ~"Food is like love, you know?" "Yes," I said breathlessly.  "We need it to stay alive." "Uh-huh." "And wine is like poetry."-Loc 1042 ~"Katy, I want to kiss you like that every second of the day, even in my sleep."-Loc 1582 ~"There's nowhere but here. Nothing else matters, you have to see that."-Loc 3015
    dmrobinson More than 1 year ago
    “I woke up when I met Jamie. The world became louder, crazier, more exciting, and more achingly beautiful.” This. This is exactly how I felt about Jamie. Not only did Kate (his Katy) wake up, I did too. Jamie is one of my favorite book boyfriends – from his sweet and sexy nature to his vulnerabilities. I was a goner. Right in the beginning, Kate’s voice shines through the pages. I could feel her pain, her loss, and her depression. It was so easy to relate to her and that helped me connect with her story. Jamie barrels into her life (okay, she kind of does that to him…) and captures her attention and attraction when Kate goes to interview R.J. Lawson, the reclusive genius, who owns the winery where Jamie works. I loved how Kate doesn’t pull punches with R.J. when she meets him and has a backbone. Life threw her some curve balls but she’s still strong in many ways. Jamie and the beauty of the vineyard brings that out even more. Renee Carlino has a beautiful, poetic way with words. I felt the same way with Sweet Thing and Sweet Little Thing. (I'd be remiss to not add I loved the inclusion of Will and Mia in this story! <3 ) It’s as if the story is more lyrics than manuscript. I love that about her writing along with the elements of fate and interconnectedness that are woven in, using secondary characters to enrich the story even further. Just Bob stole a big piece of my heart and if I rode the train every day, I’d hope to find someone like him to listen to share his wisdom. One thing in particular that had me turning pages and staying up late to read Nowhere But Here was the unexpected twist to the story. I was reading merrily along thinking it was following a more traditional storyline when I was hit with a part I didn’t see coming. It added so much more to the story. My heart ached for Kate and Jamie; for the hurdles they had to face; for the misunderstandings and the consequences. Yet, all of those combined with all of the other moments make this a must-read for me. Copy gifted for honest review