Thursday, November 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Review for The Trouble with Paper Planes by Amanda Dick

Looking for a book that will take you in an incredible journey? Then you've got to check out this book!

Title: The trouble With Paper Planes 
Author: Amanda Dick 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I’ve always believed in what I can see, what I can hear and what I can touch. Surfing was my religion and destiny was just a fairy-tale. But one summer, over ten days during the hottest February on record, all that changed. I found hope – the kind of hope that sustains you, even when you don’t want to be sustained.

The night Emily disappeared, I was branded. She became the girl on the ‘missing’ posters, and I became the one trying to keep everyone from falling apart. I thought that somehow it would keep me from being devoured by the emptiness inside me. Five years later, I was beginning to appreciate how deluded I really was.

Then Maia showed up. New in town, with a past as mysterious as she was, she reminded me so much of Emily that I couldn’t stand to be anywhere near her. What I didn’t realise was that there were forces at play that neither of us could possibly understand.

It takes a determined soul to alter destiny. There is a loophole, a back door, and the events that unfolded during those ten days showed me how that loophole can change everything.

Do you believe in fate? If so, let me tell you my story. If not, what happened to me might change your mind.

★★★★ 3/4 stars

Amanda Dick truly has a way with words. The Trouble with Paper Planes is a fascinating story of true love, second chances, and the power of love. I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book. At first I thought it was about Heath moving on from the unresolved devastating loss he'd experienced, however I soon learned it was about so much more.

I don't really know how to describe this book. It's a story set in modern times so it's contemporary. It had elements of mystery because of Emily's unsolved disappearance, but it also has elements of romance with the introduction of Maia into Health's life. There are also other elements that are difficult to describe, which don't really come into play until the very end of the book. My initial reaction to reading the end of the book was confusion and disbelief, but I continued reading and soon it all made sense, especially when I read the epilogue and took some time to let what I'd read soak in. 

Here's what I can tell you about the book. It's gripping and engaging. I know it sounds cliche to say I couldn't put it down, but it's the truth. I can't believe how quickly I read the book. I just had to know what was happening to Heath, Maia, Bridget, Henry, and the others. I wanted to find out what they all did..."What happened to Emily?".  I really liked Heath. I understood why he wasn't really living but stagnating.  I also understood why he was afraid to move on and do the things he'd promised Emily he'd do with her. I think I'd do the same if I was in his shoes. Even when statistics and numbers paint a bleak picture, there's always hope to bolster and remind you that there is still a chance the unlikely can happen.

I'm not a fan of insta-love, something Heath and Maia seemed to have. However, those two had such an intense reaction to each other, it was easy to see that there was something out of the ordinary between them. Even Heath and Maia commented at how at quickly they felt at ease with one another and how fast they'd seemed to fall in love. I loved seeing Heath with Bridget and Henry, who were Emily's mother and grandfather, and Vinnie and Jas, Heath's brother and sister-in-law. I also found Heath's interactions with Alex, Emily's brother to be very interesting. I loved how the book focused on relationships, especially those between family. 

To tell you the truth, this book blew my mind in such a way, I'm really having difficulty finding the words to describe it. This is a romance, but it's not a true romance. It is however a true reflection of life and the twists it can take. It's also an accurate representation of how romance and love aren't a straight line and really beautifully described soul mates. Honestly, I would go into this book totally blind in order to have the best reading experience. And I strongly urge you read this book and experience Amanda Dick's brilliant story telling.

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

Amanda Dick is a night-owl, coffee addict, movie buff and music lover. She loves to do DIY (if it's not bolted down, she'll probably paint it, re-cover it or otherwise decorate it) and has tried almost every craft known to man/womankind. She has two sewing machines and an over-locker she can't remember how to thread. She crochets (but can't follow a pattern), knits (badly) and refrains from both as a public service.

She believes in love at first sight, in women's intuition and in following your heart. She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte.

What lights her fire is writing stories about real people in trying situations. Her passion is finding characters who are forced to test their boundaries. She is insanely curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge. Most of all, she enjoys writing about human behaviour - love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and the complexity of relationships in general.

After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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