Blog Tour Book Review: Lone Star by Paullina Simons

Lone Star coverAbout Lone Star

• Paperback: 640 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 24, 2015)

Falling in love was the easy part . . .

Chloe and her three best friends are weeks away from finishing high school and beginning their new grown-up lives apart from one another. They have been friends since they were kids, their families and lives intertwined, but this is their last summer together. They plan a magical trip to sun-drenched Barcelona, with its possibility of adventure and passion. But first, Chloe has an old family promise to keep, and the four of them must detour through historic Eastern Europe.

In this fledgling post-Communist world, Chloe meets a mysterious American vagabond named Johnny, who carries a guitar, an easy smile, and a lifetime of secrets. From Treblinka to Trieste, from Carnikava to Krakow, the unlikely band of friends and mismatched lovers traverses the Old World on a train ride that becomes a treacherous journey into Europe’s and Johnny’s dark pasts—a journey that jeopardizes Chloe’s plans and all she ever thought she wanted.

The ties that bind Chloe to her friends and her future are about to be put to the ultimate test. Whether or not they reach Barcelona . . . their lives will never be the same again.

A sweeping, beautiful tale of old friendships and new love that mesmerizes and enchants, Lone Star will linger long in the memory even after the final page has been turned.

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Good morning friends and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lone Star by Paullina Simons. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author and TLC Book Tours for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

When I read the synopsis for this book I immediately started looking forward to reading it. This author is new to me and I am glad that I have finally read and experienced a book by her. I have definitely heard of The Bronze Horseman and will now be anxiously awaiting the day that I can get my hands on a copy (hopefully soon). As for this book, I absolutely loved what I read. I gave this book five stars. I thought the writing was beautiful and poetic. There were definitely one liners and even paragraphs that just grabbed my heart and fed my soul. I thought it started off slow with not really alot happening but I think that foundation needed to be set in order for the story to have more impact later on. I started to get into it right around pages 92/93 which I think turns out to be a pretty good ratio given the  actual number of pages in the book. After that I was pretty much hooked and couldn’t put it down. This book was definitely a larger read for me this year but I read it like it was maybe a two hundred and fifty page book. I loved that this book was not only a romance but a coming of age story. I loved the detail, the history and how romantic it was.

I went through alot of emotions reading this book and by the end I had cried more than a few tears. I loved pretty much everything about it, minus the slow beginning (but again, that didn’t take away from my feelings or experience with this story at all). The way it started I actually thought it was going to be an okay read for me but somewhere along the way it just sucked me in and I came out on the other side with tears on my cheeks. I really liked the characters in this book, I felt like all of them had really great dimension. I loved the interactions between Chloe and her parents. Their dynamic felt so real to me…it was reminiscent of the way I talk to my parents and vice versa.

This is definitely a top read for me this year and I am actually looking forward to rereading it in the near future in 2016. I give this read five stars!

Paullina SimonsAbout Paullina Simons

Paullina Simons is an internationally bestselling author whose novels include Bellagrand and The Bronze Horseman. She was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she immigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

Find out more about Paullina at her website, follow her onTwitter, and connect with her on Facebook.

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