Today is my stop on the blog tour for Rachel Strong’s ‘That Girl’! Big thank you to Aimee & Rachel for giving me a copy of the book in return for my thoughts!
After serving half of a three-year prison sentence, James is out and ready to try and get his life back on track, which means forgetting about the girl who sent him to prison in the first place – despite the fact he’s still in love with her!
Katie knows that she can’t see James, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If she does it could send him straight back to prison, but, she still loves him and is desperate to make things right and tell him how sorry she is for ruining his life.
After accidently bumping into each other, James and Katie can’t stay away from one another and so begin to see each other in secret. After a slight wobble on James’s part, when he decides he can’t take the risk of going back to prison, Katie decides enough is enough and it really is time to move on and put James behind her.
Heartbroken, James decides to try and get his life in order. But due to his conviction it’s not as straightforward as he would like, leaving him miserable and despairing at what his life has become.
When a job opportunity comes up hundreds of miles away he doesn’t hesitate to head south and put his troubles behind him.
Can James and Katie forget each other and move on with their lives without one another?
My thoughts on the book:
To begin with, I found ‘That Girl’ quite a difficult book to get into because the majority of the story was written through Katie’s eyes, a younger girl. Nothing against younger girls, but trying to make my mind think like a youngster was quite tricky. However, the more of the story I read and events started to unfold, I began to enjoy it and realised that the book wasn’t going to be leaving my hands anytime soon!
The amount of descriptive content Rachel has managed to incorporate into the storyline is rather impressive. I found that it made it far more realistic going into the finer details as opposed to skimming over the subject. ‘That Girl’ isn’t an easy book to read. I don’t mean that in terms of language use or the way that it’s written, but because of the storyline itself. Unfortunately, many people may find it far too realistic if they have come across it themselves in their own lives. In my opinion, Rachel has approached the subject delicately yet strongly. Just goes to show that choices can turn into mistakes which then can come and bite you on the booty!
I am in awe of Rachel because of the strength it may have taken her to write such a harrowing and poignant story. You can feel the emotion throughout alongside the realisation that those you love can be fiercely protective when required. The loyalty captured in the words moved me. Very powerful.
I did enjoy reading ‘That Girl’ but there were a few times that I questioned a few of the characters and the reality of their decisions. I couldn’t understand why because I wouldn’t have been so forgiving. But that’s just me!
If you’re wanting to read a poignant and raw novel filled with mixed emotions and soul moving words then ‘That Girl’ is the perfect read. Just make sure you read it with no distractions as you wouldn’t want to miss a thing!
About the Author:
Rachel Strong is a romance author and lives in Lancashire, England, with her husband, three children and little dog Daisy. Rachel works part time as a Health Care Assistant at her local hospital, but her real passion is writing.
Ever since she can remember, Rachel has been writing stories but didn’t really take it seriously until summer 2012 when her husband discovered one of her stories, read it and convinced her that it was good. She loves writing and creating characters, sometimes a whole day can pass her by, just sitting at her laptop, typing away.
When she’s not writing, Rachel loves to read slushy romance novels, chick-lit and a good thriller. When she finds a spare moment she will be found curled up on the sofa with her nose in a book.
Rachel’s debut novel ‘Complicated Love’ is out now with her second novel ‘That Girl’ is due to be released this coming June.
Find her here:
Visit All the Stops on the Tour:
The Bookworm Lodge – http://www.thebookwormlodge.com – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Little Shop of Readers – http://littleshopofreaders.com/ – Book Promo Post
T&L Book Reviews – http://tasz1976.wordpress.com – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
One Book At A Time – Booksandwinearelovely.blogspot.com – Book Promo Post
The Writing Garnet – HTTPS://Thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com – Book Review
Grass monster – Amazon/GoodReads – Book Review
Vikbat – http://vikbat.blogspot.co.uk/ – Book Review/Promo Post
The Bookdragon – http://sheisadude.blogspot.com/ – Book Review
Boundless Minds – http://www.boundlessminds.org – Author Guest Post
ItsShelbyMariee – http://itsshelbymariee.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 – Book Review
JustaBooklovinJunkie – http://jabooklovinjunkie.blogspot/ – Book Review/Excerpt/Promo Post
Liz Ellyn – https://lizellyn.com – Book Review
Fervently Curious – ferventlycurious.wordpress.com – Book Review/Excerpt
Love Sex and Other Dirty Words – http://lovesexandotherdirtywords.com – Book Promo Post
Little Novelist – Www.littlenovelist.com – Book Excerpt
Hello…Chick Lit – http://hellochicklit.com – Book Promo Post
Rachel Brimble Romance – http://www.rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/ – Author Guest Post
Have books, Will read – http://www.havebookswillread.wordpress.com – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Bookmyopia – http://www.bookmyopia.wordpress.com – Book Excerpt
Book Lover in Florida – https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/ – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/ – Book Review
The Book Basics – https://thebookbasics.wordpress.com/ – Book Review/Promo Post
Steamy Book Momma – http://steamybookmomma0.blogspot.com – Book Review
Book Groupies – http://bookgroupies2.blogspot.com/ – Book Promo Post
Brittany’s Book Blog – http://www.brittanysbookblog.com – Book Review
Sparkles at Midnight – http://www.sparklesatmidnight.com – Book Review
MsWanderlust – http://www.mswanderlust1963.wordpress.com – Book Review/Excerpt
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