I’m here today with a review of I Found You by Jane Lark and there’s also a giveaway at the end of it too!
Author: Jane Lark Publisher: Harper Impulse Published: 5th December 2013 Pages: 360 Format: Ebook Source:: Complimentary Copy from Tour Company Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US
Summary: Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.
On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.
His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.
When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. The synopsis sounds so interesting. Then I read the excerpt and I was even more curious about the book. I was certain that it would be one that I would really enjoy and could happily add to my favourites shelf. Unfortunately, this is not what happened. While I still enjoyed this book, it wasn’t exactly the book I was hoping it to be and couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with it. However, I’m still glad I read the book and would still recommend it to others. I definitely think that anyone that likes books with a strong, kind, male lead will love this books. It just didn’t give me the spark that I’d wanted when reading it. But, fortunately, it was still good enough for me to get to the end of the book.
Being a romance book, there was a faily generic plot to this book where two characters who shouldn’t have worked together, really fitted together well. I did like that part of this book and I loved seeing the way that Jason looked at and felt about Rachel. I enjoyed the journey that the two of them took together, and I certainly felt many emotions pouring out of me as I read. (I really wanted to punch a few other characters!). There were, however, a few unrealistic moments in the book that really ground my teeth and just moments that I really struggled to read and enjoy. At times it felt like some of the dialogue was a little forced and it really ruined some of the enjoyment of this book for me.
I think the main protagonists in this book were really well written and had a lot of depth and personality. I only wish that, that same depth could have shone through the secondary characters as well but I often found that where other characters’ came in, it just fell flat. Everything felt forced and unnatural, as though they were merely there as plot points and that ruined some of the enjoyment for me. Fortunately, there was enough flare and personality in both Jason and Rachel to counter-act this and not ruin the book completely. Jason is such a kind, protective, caring gentlemen and I love him from the first moment we meet him. He’s the kind of guy to stop everything he’s doing to help someone he doesn’t know and I think it was so great. I hated that other people couldn’t see his greatness. I also think Rachel was a really great character. She had a stunning personality and a lot of depth and I love what the author has done with this character. I think she is portrayed really well, and knew exactly what was “up” with her from the second day we see her. I admire the author for adding this to the book.
I think my biggest problem with this book is the style that it is written in. Normallly I adore dual POV narratives but I don’t think it really worked with this book, or ir just wasn’t used in the best way in this book. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason over when we heard from Jason and then heard from Rachel and there were a few times when I really would have liked to have jumped to the other person and their thoughts but never got that which made me feel a little irritated by it. The other problem I found was that a few parts of the story were more “tell don’t show” and so I didn’t get to feel the same connection to the characters. Lastly, I found a lot of the inner dialogues to be incredibly repetitive. I can see how realistic this is, naturally but for me it meant that I started losing interest in the narrative fairly quickly if I was being told something for the third or fourth time in the space of ten pages. Fortunately, the narrative was also addictive and kept me wanting to turn the page and find out what else would happen to our main protagonists meaning that essentially, I was able to look past these few issues to look at the book as a whole. I feel these are more personal issues as well, and can see how others would likely really enjoy this book.
While this book didn’t turn out to be the book I had hoped it to be, it was still one that I enjoyed reading and one that I can see many people reading to escape the glum of their lives, which is always what we want from books anyway. I loved Rachel and how her character and her character flaws were treated in this book and would recommend the book on this alone as it is a very sensitive subject and I feel like the author has done a great job of portraying this. I also think Jason was a strong enough character to really bring the book alive. So, if you’re looking for a good book that will take you away from your life for a little bit, a romance with a scattering of action and a whole pile of depth, then I would definitely recommend this book. I know it may not turn out to be your favourite book, but I think you may just enjoy the journey it takes you on anyway. I certainly did.
** I received this copy from the tour company in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romances.
She began her first novel at sixteen, but a life full of difficulty derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined to be able to say I’m a writer.
Now Jane is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and uses her knowledge of psychology to bring her characters to life.
‘Basically I’m a sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love and it’s wonderful to be able to do it time and time again in fiction, plus my understanding of people helps me write the really intense relationships I enjoy creating.’