on July 11th 2017
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Hooper's Crossing, New York, 1952. The post-war boom seems a million miles away . . . especially for a sheltered librarian who longs for the adventure and excitement of the big city.New York City. The hustle and bustle. The people and the excitement. It's all Lily Denton dreams about. But ever since her mother died, her overprotective father won't ease up on her. So she spends her days working at the library and her nights hoping life doesn't pass her by . . . until the Fall Festival. As tourists fill the streets, the crisp autumn air sneaks in-as does the thrill of a far more dangerous kind.
Some men have a gift for avoiding trouble. Professional photographer Boone Tatum isn't one of them. In fact, that penchant for trouble is exactly what landed Boone in this small town in the middle of nowhere in the first place. Yet the moment he meets beautiful Lily Denton and snaps her photograph, everything changes. Suddenly leaving is the furthest thing from Boone's mind-or his heart.
But danger has slipped silently into this sleepy town, marking Lily as its own. And Lily and Boone's dream of a life together is thrown into peril-unless Lily finds the courage to stand up for herself and a man she only just met . . . and can't live without.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
No one writes American period pieces like romance novelist Dorothy Garlock, and THE NEARNESS OF YOU is another hit to add to her list. Set in small town Hooper’s Crossing in 1952, THE NEARNESS OF YOU tells the story of librarian Lily Denton who dreams of escaping her over-protective father and going to New York City with her adventurous best friend Jane. Before she makes the final decision to go, however, she falls for magazine photographer Boone Tatum who comes to town to cover the annual fall festival. The two find themselves drawn into a mystery and Lily’s plans are put on hold, maybe forever.
The characters in this story are so well written that you will feel you know them personally. Lily and Jane could easily be your own best friends, and the support characters and towns people are realistic. The dialog between characters flowed easily and held my interest.
I enjoyed the plot. It was not overly complicated, but it contained enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. The sweet romance between Lily and Boone progressed at a believable pace, and even though the HEA was predictable, it still left me with a smile on my face.
THE NEARNESS OF YOU would make a great Hallmark movie!
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.