Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You First by Stephanie Fournet - Book Review & Giveaway

 
Book review
 
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Review by Suze
 
Meredith's life is far from ideal. She's not even twenty years old yet and she has a little boy, she works and she's going to school. She has no place to go, so she's forced to live with her ex-boyfriend and his parents. When she loses her job she's determined to find something new as soon as she can. She wants to move out and have a place of her own. When she sees on a flyer that someone's trying to find an assistant for a writer who needs a bit of extra help she calls immediately and she's being asked to come to his house for an informal interview only minutes later. She's hired on the spot and has to start straight away.
 
Gray has written several best sellers and he's working on a new book. He is ill and needs surgery, but he has no idea if he will still be able to work the same way he does now afterward, so he's determined to finish the book before he checks himself into the hospital. He is no longer allowed to drive and he needs help with daily chores and basic care when he's feeling bad. Meredith is a nurse in training and while Gray has no say in the matter his brother hires her straight after meeting her. Will they get along and what will happen when his symptoms are becoming worse? Meredith and Gray feel an instant connection, but Meredith's living arrangements and Gray's health situation make it far from ideal for them to fall in love with anyone. Will they find the happiness they deserve or are their circumstances too difficult?
 
You First is a beautiful story. I immediately loved both Meredith and Gray. They're kindhearted, sensitive, caring and loving people. Meredith is capable and resilient. Even though she lives with people who don't treat her right she never despairs, she works hard to make her life better instead. Her son is a sweetheart and I loved the way he talks. He immediately bonds with Gray's dogs and feels at home with them, which was adorable. I kept hoping they'd find a way to escape their awful living situation and that life would have something better in store for them. I flew through the pages because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them.
 
Gray's health situation is complex and Stephanie Fournet writes about it in an honest and heartfelt way. She understands very well what it's like to be so passionate about something that stopping is simply not an option, even not when the body demands it. I loved the way she describes Gray's situation. She never makes it too heavy, while she keeps it realistic at the same time and her story is filled with empathy. Fortunately she doesn't pity her main characters, which made her story incredibly strong. I sometimes had tears in my eyes, but the determination of both Gray and Meredith turned my sadness into admiration time and time again.
 
Stephanie Fournet has a wonderful warm writing style. It's easy to read and because of her openness it's possible to get to know her characters through and through. The connection between Gray and Meredith is special. They meet under unusual circumstances and every day they have together is surprising. Their easy conversations put a smile on my face. I constantly sympathized with them and the shocking moments in their story elevated my heart rate. I love it when I go through so many different emotions when I'm reading a novel. You First is a brilliant multilayered story and I think it's an absolute must-read.
 
Advice
 
If you like reading fantastic strong emotional stories about beautiful people you will love You First.
 
About Stephanie Fournet
 

Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, Butterfly Ginger, and Leave a Mark lives in Lafayette, Louisiana—not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and her daughter Hannah, their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and an immortal blue finch named Baby Blue. When she isn’t writing romance novels, she is usually helping students get into college or running. She loves hearing from fans, so look for her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and stephaniefournet.com.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram
 
 
Giveaway

One winner will receive a $100 Amazon OR Book Depository Gift Card (International). Three winners will win a signed copy of YOU FIRST (US only).
 

 
 

74 comments:

  1. It seems a lot of your protagonists are college age, I like that!

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  2. Maria Theresa SantosDecember 14, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    sounds amazing. thanks for the chance

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  3. Sounds like a sweet story..thank you. Happy Holidays!

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  4. I`m so EXCITED to read this book!

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  5. This sounds like a very emotional read! I love the sweet cover!

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  6. I so need to read this book! I love romances with single parents!! Great review!! Definitely adding this book to my TBR list.

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  7. Thank you for the giveaway! This book sounds really good.

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  8. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It is really beautiful!
    I will add it to my to-read list

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  9. Both of these characters sound great. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Stephanie's a new-to-me author, so the review piques my interest!

    --Trix

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  11. I love reading books with realistic characters. This book sounds intriguing.

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  12. Quite an engrossing situation...it's trials like these that define us.

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  13. This is a situation that is really happening. People will relate to the story. I would love to read this.

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  14. I'm so glad you loved it! Thank you for being part of the tour!

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  15. You first sounds great! Thank you

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  16. sounds great, cant wait to read it x

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  17. Good luck with the book! and merry Xmas!

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  18. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  19. 'Feeling seen ... as sexy as the most erotic touch.' Wonderful words and so true; perhaps it's the vulnerability of the moment, when we're stripped of all artifice, that makes it so meaningful.

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  20. Love the cover and enjoyed reading Suze's review.

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  21. The lead character sounds really admirable.

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  22. Seems that this book could be an interesting read

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  23. I love reading and that sounds like a great book I will deff be checking it out

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  24. This looks like an amazing book, thanks for the review & giveaway :) <3

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  25. I really love the sound of this book, sounds like the author has put alot of herself into it---makes the best sort of book! :)

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  26. Love the sound of this book, it's rare to find interesting novels that make me sit up all night reading, I hope this is one xx

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  27. The first line let's you know if it's a good book.

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  28. Thank you for your honest and well-written review! This sounds like a beautiful and romantic love story... :)

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  29. Having been a single parent myself, I'm often drawn to stories about others. And I enjoy cheering on a happy ending:)

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  30. I love characters like that who make you smile whilst reading! It's like falling in love by proxy!

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  31. This sounds like an amazing story with warm characters and a great intwining of relationships :)

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  32. Since the book settings are in the authors hometown, I wonder if any of the storylines ring true as well.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  33. i love this. i can identify with it a lot. hoping for ah appy ending

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  34. sounds like a great read, thank you for letting me know about this

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  35. Its sounds like a really hot read :)

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  36. I order all my books from Book Depository so I think this is a great prize!

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  37. You First looks like a unique and complex story! Great book cover too!

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  38. I am so excited about this! I love romance novels!

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  39. What a wonderful story. I would love to read this. Thanks for the awesome review!!

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  40. I love this cover! It looks like a great read.

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  41. The names "Meredith" and "Gray" remind me of Grey's Anatomy.
    I can't imagine having a child by myself at 26. I feel like I was still learning how to live on my own at that age.
    Dianna

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  42. Being in love with reading, I can't wait to devour each book that comes my way ^^

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  43. This really looks like a great read and I love the cover!!Thanks for your participation in this hop!!

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  44. This book sounds super and I am very interested as my daughter-in-law comes from very near to Lafayette in Louisiana so we know it well!

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  45. This love story sounds beautiful. I love complex characters and the multilayered storyline is an added bonus. I am pretty sure I will be crying at the end because it sounds so simular to You Before Me which I sobbed through.

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  46. You can't beat a good romance. I seem to be reading a lot of thrillers lately so this would come as something of a change!

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  47. What a great story. I would love to read this. Thanks for the review.

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  48. This sounds like the perfect read for me! I love to read about authors in books!

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  49. Have shared on my Facebook page - sounds interesting!

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  50. This sounds like they both have to overcome obstacles but that they bring them closer together.

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  51. Sounds like a deeply emotional book...I'm not sure I need that right now lol!

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  52. This would be such a nice win. The book sounds like something I would enjoy!

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  53. What a wonderful prize, I'd definitely add to my bookshelves if I won

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  54. This sounds like an amazing book, thanks for the chance!

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  55. great review thank you for sharing

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  56. This sounds like a very heartfelt and touching story.

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  57. I like that Stephanie is able to write about Gray's illness realistically, but not make it too heavy for the reader. Meredith & Gray sound like great characters with a touching love story.

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  58. Excellent review! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Can't wait to check it out!

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  59. I love the review and I'm so excited to read the book :)

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  60. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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  61. I love books that bring out strong emotions in me, both positive and negative and this book is right up my alley!

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  62. This sounds like the perfect read for Valentines Day or any cold winter moment to curl up on the coach with! I can't wait to read it!

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  63. This sounds like a great book, thank you for the chance!

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  64. The cover drew to me to take a closer look, however the review made me actually want to read the book ^_^

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  65. As an artist totally dig the cover

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