Somewhere at Last (Willow's Journey #2)

Somewhere at Last (Willow's Journey #2)

by Julie Ann Knudsen

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Somewhere at Last (Willow's Journey #2) by Julie Ann Knudsen

While adjusting to her new life on a tiny island, off the coast of Maine, sixteen-year-old Willow Flynn begins to enjoy the hot and carefree summer days most teenagers dream about.
Willow has only two priorities before the start of her junior year of high school: making money at her first real job and spending the rest of her free time with her boyfriend, Michael.
But dreams have a way of crashing, especially when a serious illness threatens the very survival of the boy she has come to love, the boy she's begun to trust and the boy she cannot live without.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148589068
Publisher: Julie Ann Knudsen
Publication date: 09/26/2013
Series: Willow's Journey , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 233
File size: 455 KB

About the Author

Julie Ann Knudsen received her B.S. degree in Technical Writing from Clarkson University, but found that she preferred writing creatively, especially after completing her first Young Adult novel, In the Middle of Nowhere. She lives with her husband and three children in Connecticut.

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Somewhere at Last 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Tami-IntotheNightReviews More than 1 year ago
Somewhere at Last is book two from author Julie Ann Knudsen and it continues the story of teenager Willow Flynn.  Fractionally older, and following her mother's remarriage, Willow has a number of new experiences - new house, new job and development in her relationship with Michael. While reading "In the Middle of Nowhere" I was a little frustrated by Willow. She was fickle and selfish and made some really poor choices - although everything about her was 'typical' of a teenage girl.  Early on in Somewhere at Last I thought that I wasn't going to enjoy the book, because I was again frustrated by Willow and her 'teenage' behaviour.  But I have to say my early assessment was wrong, I ended up very much enjoying this story.  I was particularly impressed with the way Knudsen was able to create a character in Willow that I feel is a very accurate representation of a teenage girl.  By the end of the story I felt a connection with Willow and as in In the Middle of Nowhere, there was growth in her character that was realistic and refreshing. The relationship that develops with Michael is so sweet.  The two must deal with Michael's illness (he is a cystic fibrosis sufferer) along with all the usual challenges a teenage 'love' brings with it.  Despite his illness Michael is a very positive and thoughtful boy, with a distinct romantic streak.  While he had been somewhat absent in In the Middle of Nowhere, Michael plays a key role in this story. There are a number of peripheral characters who all bring something to the story, but the focus is definitely Willow and Michael.   Tessa even makes a return and actually manages to show some real care/consideration for Willow at one point, which was quite a turn around. The story is not long, but it is touching and if you have read In the Middle of Nowhere you should definitely follow up with Somewhere at Last.  Knudsen has a lovely writing style that is easy to read.  The ending wraps up the story nicely, but also does leave the option of a further book in the series. (I was approached by the author to proofread Somewhere at Last prior to release.  An ARC was provided to me for that purpose.   This review is based on the ARC received from the author).
Francisco_Torres More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the first part It focuses more on Willow and her relationship with Michael as they both struggle with his illness. They go through the ups and downs of what a relationship is like. For some reason, their love reminded me a bit of the one in The Fault in Our Stars. The story was sweet and at times heartbreaking.  It was not as slow as the first book. and the chapters seem to be better well out together. One of the things that bothered me was the friendship between Justin and Willow. At times, it felt like they both had a connection, but that relationship wasn't explored more. You can tell that the author writing skills have improved. Overall, I really liked it, It's sweet, lighthearted, & melancholic.
Lacy0 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Julie Ann Knudsen, ripped my heart out and gave it back with her wonderful completion of Willow’s story. The continuation of Willow’s Journey is a touching coming of age story of Willow Flynn and her love for Michael Cooper, a very special boy who is living with cystic fibrosis. Willow is dealing with so many new things in her life. Her mom has just married Brian and they must leave the safety and comfort of her uncle’s house and move into Brian’s home on Pike’s Island. Willow is also learning to be more responsible after some bad decisions in the first book and she gets her first job at her favorite Italian restaurant on the Island called Luigi’s. As her and Michael grow closer, Michael’s health continues to deteriorate and Willow must face her fears. She struggles to live her life knowing she could lose the love of her life. This book is so well written and I loved it!! It is a must read!!
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I literally shed tears best book ever ;-;</3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did they get married?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was extremely different and wonderful! I loved every second of it and could not put it down. Just wonderful!
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After reading the first book in this series, In the middle of nowhere, I was looking forward to hearing more of Willow and Michaels story. This book focused more on their relationship than other aspects of her life, which i liked but occasionally found it hard to relate to Willows character. The one moment that stuck out for me is when she asked to borrow her step-fathers car and the disgust when he expected her to clean it as well, little incidents like this made her seem like a bit of a brat, but overall this is outweighed by the good storyline and depth to her empathy when it comes to Michaels illness. Overall this book held a lot more emotion than the last that had me tearing up at times! (especially near the end of the book!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago