Blog Tour – Review & Giveaway: Between Here and Gone by Barbara Ferrer

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Between Here and Gone by Barbara Ferrer hosted by the wonderful Inkslinger PR ❤ 

Check out my review on this beautiful new historical and get a chance to enter an amazing giveaway! 

Have a wonderful visit lovelies ❤

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In 1959 Cuba, Natalia San Martín was nothing short of a princess: sheltered, pampered, and courted by her very own prince, a childhood friend turned lifelong love. All that changed on the fateful New Year’s Eve when Fidel Castro and his followers seized control of the country, with tragic consequences for not only the island, but Natalia herself.

Five years later, in 1960s New York, she’s known as Natalie Martin―living a life that’s bleak, but thankfully anonymous. However, when the enigmatic Jack Roemer offers her a job writing the memoir of a starlet on the brink of self-destruction, she sees not only opportunity, but unexpected echoes of a fairytale long forgotten.

As she knows all too well, however, the prettiest façade can hide the ugliest of truths― and peeling back the layers of someone else’s past forces Natalie to confront her own.

“Ferrer has created a story that’s breathtaking in its scope, and a heroine whose strength will leave readers in awe.” -Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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I have to be honest, this book is a little out of my comfort league even if it’s a historical romance – for this a romance set in America of 1960s and the time of Cuban unrest – thousands of miles away from the historical romances I am used to – but having decided that I need to expand my horizons, this blurb definitely intrigues and away I went on a new adventure.

“Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.”

This story is about a Princes – in every sense of the word except literally. Natalia is sheltered, pampered and spoiled with every comfort imaginable, but when the foundation of who she is not just shaken, but absolutely destroyed, she has no choice but to persevere.

Told in dual POVs – flashbacks and present, you get a holistic view of the girl that Natalia was and the woman, Natalie that circumstances shape her to be. We also get to meet the people who can and will influence her throughout her journey.

Jack Roemer is an enigma to be honest – as much as for Natalia/Natalie as for the readers. He seems aloof yet compassionate, rude yet considerate – but most of the attraction that simmers between them is subtle yet gut -wrenching for both these two characters are wrestling with demons that can over power them any moment of their lives.

This is a subtle book – there are no over the top emotions and nothing dramatic about revelations or even secrets – what there is, is poise in front of humiliation and grace in front embarrassment – something that I have rarely found in historical romances and something I adored.

“What a hopelessly tangles web, this business of living with it’s inherent deceptions and inadvertently inflicted wounds. But worth it, in the end.”

While hailed as a historical romance – this book, to me at least – seemed more of the journey Natalia/Natalie that spanned her ‘before and after’ lives to the destination of contentment and it is something that has stayed with me even after I had completed the book.

The only thing that could have made it a better adventure – either one or at least some chapter in Jack’s POV – not because I needed a break from Natalie’s but because I would have loved to have a peek behind the mystery that is Jack Roemer

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Giveaway

Get a chance to win not 1, not 2, not even 3, but one of 10 paperback copies of this beautiful book! All you need to do is click on image below to know how to enter 😀 

All the best lovelies 🙂

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About the Author

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Barbara Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life was Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® winner for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list by the ALA. Her latest novel, When the Stars Go Blue, a contemporary retelling of Bizet’s Carmen, was released by Thomas Dunne Books and was honored as the first place YA Novel: English Language at the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.

A native Floridian, Ferrer now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, thriving amidst the rain and cooler weather, finding it the perfect writing environment.

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