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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Always With You by Andrea Hurst (Book Review)

In association with Pump Up Your Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Always With You by Author Andrea Hurst!

Book Review

Always With You by Andrea Hurst
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: February 6, 2014
Format: Paperback - 348 pages
             Kindle - 904 KB
ISBN: 978-1495326783
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Book Description:

"Always With You is the bittersweet and poignant love story of a woman trapped between temptation and the ties that bind."
~Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet.

"Hurst captivates from page one, and keeps you hooked until the very last word, in this entrancing story of the power of love and all its consequences.”
~Melissa Foster -New York Times & USA Today bestselling & award-winning author.

"Warm-hearted, wise, touchingly written, and exploring the depths of human emotions. This book about forbidden love is not to be missed."
~Bharti Kirchner, Author of five novels including Darjeeling and Tulip Season.

1977 is a glorious time to be alive in the beautiful wine country of Northern California, and Cathy has everything she thought she wanted - from a thriving health food café to loyal friends.

Since the devastating failure of her short-lived marriage, Cathy has buried herself in her work and kept men at arm’s length. But when an old high school friend, Pam, brings her family for a short stay, Cathy’s stone walls begin to crumble when she meets Jamie. Jamie, whose compassion and warmth slowly break down her defenses. Jamie, whose devotion to his four-year-old daughter melts Cathy's heart and makes her desperate for a family of her own. Jamie… who is married to Pam.

A profound love that transcends time and place is impossible to resist. But is love more important than friendship? Are loyalty and fidelity an anchor or a chain? In the end, it’s all about choices – tough ones that can break hearts. Now Cathy must make the most difficult choice of her life.

My Book Review:

Every once in a while I come across a women's fiction novel that simply takes my breath away, and right now that novel is Always With You by author Andrea Hurst.

Always With You is a beautifully written story about friendship, soulmates, choices, and true love. Set in the picturesque Sonoma / Napa Valley wine country of California, the reader is transported back to the Summer of 1977 when a man and woman unexpectedly meet and feel the pull of attraction that transcends time, as if they were soul mates. But there is just one major problem that stands in the way of their love, the man is married to the woman's friend and has a four year old daughter. So what does one do when you have an affair of the heart that has strings of marriage and friendship attached to it? What choices do you make when you know the decision you make is going to affect the ones you love? So prepare yourself for the unfolding of Cathy and Jamie's love story, it is one that will pull at your heart strings and stir your soul.

Always With You is a poignant and timeless love story that easily captivated me from beginning to end. The author weaves an enchanting tale that begins with a prologue set in the present - the Summer of 2007, and then she transports the reader thirty years in the past to the Summer of 1977 where Cathy and Jamie's story unfolds like fine wine from the Sonoma / Napa Valley wine country. An unexpected chance meeting leaves Cathy and Jamie with a sense of deja vu ... only to have them meet once again a week later when Cathy hosts her old high school friend Pam and her family at her house while Pam's husband interviews for an executive chef's position at various wine country establishments. Cathy is surprised to find that Pam's husband is Jamie, the man who has been on her mind and in her dreams since their chance meeting. Both feel the pull of attraction, but an obligation of marriage and a little four year old daughter stand in the way, what do you do when you have a forbidden love for someone who is unattainable? Their poignant journey takes the reader on a roller coaster ride where they experience the full gamut of emotions ... from joy to pain, love and loss, it is a story of the complexities and power of true love that withstands the test of time.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the author's wonderfully rich descriptions of the time period and setting. She easily transports the reader back to sights and sounds of the Summer of 1977 in the picturesque Sonoma / Napa Valley wine country. Her vivid descriptions of the wine country locales and landmarks is stunning, it reads like a travel guide that entices the reader to want to take a vacation in California's wine country. And if that isn't enough, the author provides the reader with yummy food references throughout the story that will simply make your mouth water. With food, wine, and love interwoven within a compelling storyline, is there anything else that a reader could ask for?

Always With You is a beautiful story about love, friendship, and difficult life choices. It is a story that takes the reader on an emotional journey that spans thirty years, and will stay with them long after the last word has been read.


About The Author

When not visiting local farmer's markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression.

She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in creative writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers Digest.

She lives with her dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm.

Her published books include Always With You, The Guestbook, The Lasy Dog's Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody's Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles.

To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit

Join her on Facebook for book giveaways and more delicious recipes and scenic photos from Madrona Island at


Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule: Nov 3-14

Monday, November 3

Tuesday, November 4

Wednesday, November 5

Thursday, November 6

Friday, November 7

Monday, November 10

Tuesday, November 11

Wednesday, November 12

Thursday, November 13
Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Book Review
Fiction Dreams - Author Interview

Friday, November 14
Authors & Readers Book Corner - Book Spotlight

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