Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: Back to Before by Tracy Solheim

22401446Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Synopsis: Chances Inlet, North Carolina, has an infamous power for second chances. But its charms are lost on the town’s favorite son—until she comes along…

When his father’s sudden death puts his family’s construction business in serious debt, architect Gavin McAlister is forced to put his dream career in New York on hold. Making matters worse, his fiancĂ©e calls it quits. Desperate to return to his big-city life, he discovers an opportunity to save his family, one that has him reluctantly starring in a home restoration TV show.

Former soap star Ginger Walsh hopes this job as a TV makeup artist will lead to better things. So far it’s only brought her to a hamlet full of people who don’t like her—except Gavin. After a wild night out leads to Ginger waking up in Gavin’s loft—and the rest of town talking—the two of them soon wonder if getting back to before is what they want. Because being in each other’s arms certainly feels like what they need…

What I Thought:

Is there anything more fitting than finding love in a place called Chances Inlet?  Having fallen in love with Tracy Solheim's characters from her Out of Bounds series starring some fabulous football players, I was very excited to hear she was starting a new series in a town I'd already visited and featuring men I'd met only in passing.  For those of you are worried you can't read this book without reading the other books in the series, rest assured, that's not a problem.

My favorite part of this book is the characters.  It's not just Ginger and Gavin, but the rest of Gavin's family, the townspeople of Chances Inlet, and Diesel, Ginger's friend too.  I REALLY liked Ginger.  She's sincere and her beauty is more than skin deep.  She's worried about others around her and conscious of the fact she doesn't have the best image because of the role she's portrayed on a soap opera.  I felt her hurt as she tried to handle the scorn of the townspeople who weren't able to differentiate between her and her character's persona.  I adored Gavin as well.  Here was a man who had put his own dreams and goals on hold so he could help his family.  I felt and understood his frustration but wished he'd been more open with his family about what he was dealing with. 

Another part of the book that really impressed me was the other tracks that were woven into Ginger and Gavin's story.  It wasn't just one other story arc, there were multiple and they were all seamlessly integrated in together.  I felt like I reading a story of Chances Inlet as much as I was reading about a single couple. And can I say how happy I was to see Will and Julianne make an appearance? I'm hoping to see them again and maybe others from the Blaze in the future.  I can't wait to read Miles McAlister's story.  

Tracy Solheim has written a moving and captivating story.  It's hard to fully describe what I felt as I was reading it.  I truly feel like it'll be best if you give this book a try so you can see for yourself what I'm not being able to completely convey.  I loved visiting Chances Inlet and can't wait to visit it again and see what second chance magic it will bring!

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About the Author
Tracy SolheimMy creative writing career started in the fourth grade when I published my first book.  It was a bestseller–mainly because my dad bought all ten copies I’d made on the school’s prehistoric Xerox machine. From there, I moved to newspaper reporting with a monthly column in a local newspaper.  A bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee landed me in Washington, DC, where I wrote reports for Congress while pursuing a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University. Aside from a brief stint in television production for NBC Sports at the Seoul Olympics, most of my early writing consisted of crafting lengthy government reports.  Not exactly the most scintillating backlist, I know!   My creative writing projects had to wait until I could squeeze them in between my paying gig and my family’s busy schedule. I finally realized the dream of becoming a published author in May, 2013 with the release of my debut novel, GAME ON, through Berkley Publishing.  I went on to release four books in the Out of Bounds series during my first year as an author.  In addition to the books about the fictitious Baltimore Blaze football team, I also write the Second Chances series for Berkley and digital novellas set in the small coastal town of Magnolia Bay for Tule Publishing.  Currently, I live in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, with my husband, two kids, a wild Labrador Retriever puppy and a mare named  after my debut novel.   When I’m not writing, I enjoy photography, cooking, and reading–shocker, right? Be sure to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.  Or, leave me your email address to receive my newsletter on my website, http://tracysolheim.com/.  I look forward to hearing from you and thanks for stopping by.  

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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