Book #Review and #Giveaway: NEAR AND FAR by Nicole Williams

August 3, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 7

Welcome to the Near and Far Book Tour! This sequel to the bestselling Lost and Found continues the story of Rowen and Jesse. Read my review and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a print copy of the book and a $50 Amazon Gift Card!


About the Book


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Title: Near & Far (Lost & Found, #2)

Author: Nicole Williams

Release date: July 30th, 2013

Age Group: Mature Young Adult/New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours


**NEW YORK TIMES & USATODAY Bestselling Series**

There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.

Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.





My Review


My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Sometimes love was about compromise, and sometimes it was about sacrifice. Most times, it was a little of both. I’d learned that the trial-and-error way.”

Equal parts uplifting romance and devastating heartbreak, Near and Far is a surprising and beautifully emotional journey. It reminds us that true love is not without imperfections, and to reap its benefits, we may have to search the darkest corners to find the light.

It’s fitting that the story is told through both Rowen and Jesse’s perspectives. They are very different people and are miles apart, not only in physical distance, but in character. Rowen, the cynical, struggling young artist with a dark past she continues to move forward from. Her boyfriend Jesse, light as air and solid as a rock; the cowboy with bright smile and arms that have been Rowen’s salvation. He charms the reader with what I came to call “Jesse-isms”: little gems of wisdom and philosophy, or sometimes beautiful and achingly romantic declarations for the woman he worships without without question.

“That girl, that woman, was mine. And even though that was a hallmark I was intensely proud of, I was more sure and proud of something else.

I was hers.

It wasn’t a question. It had never been an option. It was something set into motion the day the universe was created, and thousands of years later, there we were.”

The story seemed to be broken into two parts. The first part was what I expected the book to be: a poignant tale of young lovers struggling with finding common ground despite the distance between them and other outside forces. I figured they would struggle through the difficulties of their situation and would eventually come together in the end. I should have been prepared for something else. The author gave hints that something was not quite right, but I was too wrapped up in Jesse and Rowen to notice. Part two: in a twist I didn’t see coming, the bottom drops out. I was devastated: crying and angry, possibly unnecessarily abusing my kindle during the incredibly heart-wrenching scenes. There were a few times when I didn’t think I would get through this part of the book; and without the help of their infinitely supportive and oddly insightful best friends, Rowen and Jesse have no hope of making it through it, either.

This story surprised me in many ways, not only in it’s sudden and complete darkness, but in the contrast of light and dark. And that the light seems to be found in peculiar places, and humor and healing words come from unlikely mouths and hearts. This gives it a quirky, interesting quality, made completely unique by this author’s voice. I’m so glad I read this book, beginning, middle, and beautiful end.

” ‘ I love you for all of your pieces, not just a select few. I love you for your dark, dirty secrets too. I love you, Jesse. I love…you.‘ “

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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About the Author

I’m the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the LOST & FOUND series, the CRASH series, and a handful of others. Basically, I get to do what I love. Every single day. I write romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story, and I write happy endings because there are too few of them in real life.


Connect with Nicole

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Twitter: @nwilliamsbooks


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7 Responses to “Book #Review and #Giveaway: NEAR AND FAR by Nicole Williams”

  1. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing your 4.5 star review and the giveaway. Sounds like my kind of book. evamillien at gmail dot com

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