Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blog Tour: We Were Here by Daisy Prescott - Review (@daisy_prescott)

We Were Here
Author: Daisy Prescott
Publication Date: February 22, 2016
Published: Self-published
Source: InkSlinger PR

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In the 90s …

texting involved paper and a pen …
… our selfies were Polaroids ...
… our favorite music was on mix tapes.
Sex was dangerous, music was raw, and falling in love felt nostalgic.
We were friends and lovers.
We thought we knew everything.

We knew nothing.
We were here.
Set in the early 1990s, a time before the internet, social media, and smart phones, We Were Here is the prequel to Geoducks Are For Lovers. This book can be read as a standalone.

"This story has it all! Just like a mixed tape; we get a dose of steamy romance, angsty ballads and sweet love songs woven together in a compelling, heartwarming and sometimes heartwrenching journey of self-exploration." Helena Hunting, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

When I first got my kindle, one of the first books I downloaded was Geoducks Are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott. At the time, I wasn’t really into romance, at least adult romance. Something about the cover drew me to it. Long story short, I fell in love with the characters. But what always bothered me was I wanted to know where this group of friends began. With We Were Here, my wish is granted.

We Were Here in short is a story of how a group of friends can become more than friends in the span of just four years. It’s a multi-pov story about Maggie, Quinn, Selah, Ben, Gil, Jo, and Lizzy and their time at a liberal college in Washington state. Each one of these characters get their own little slice to tell their story.

I’m a 90’s kid, so everything about this book I knew I would love. What grabbed hold of me immediately was the use of song titles for the chapter titles. These were songs I grew up listening to and still do today. (90s 4EVA!)

The best way I can tackle how amazing this book was is to talk about each character separately.

Maggie: I adored her. I thought her fresh outlook on college life is basically how most kids being away from home for the first time. All the crushing she did and the optimistic view on things was sweet. I was a little frustrated with her bit because I wanted a certain outcome for her but from prior knowledge, I knew where it was going.

Selah: Part of me feels like her story was my favorite. It was about falling for an older man and maybe things aren’t meant to be happily ever after. Or you’re not supposed to be with the first man you give your heart to. Selah was bad ass and everything I wish I was when I went to college. She was sarcastic and unforgiving but her heart was large enough to fit all her friends inside. I loved her.

Ben & Jo: Even though they were separate parts in the book, their story intertwined because these were the ones you rooted for. These were the Andie Walsh and Blane McDonough of the book and it really felt like I was watching a romantic movie.

Gil: My heart fluttered for Gil throughout the whole book. I wanted more from him to be honest. I wanted to know more about the cute guy in the band who was a history buff.

Lizzy: I appreciated Lizzy’s story because she was the one that felt more like me. But there was something about it that dragged on. Maybe because it was set differently from the others. Not sure.

Quinn: A riot! Plus, his chapter songs were amazing. I thought that Quinn shined in other chapters more than his specific ones. I felt his light had dimmed over the four years. Or maybe it is how we naturally are as people. Favorite quote from him though is…
“I’ve never seen your Bea Arthur, Selah. Can we keep it that way?” I covered my eyes with my hand. The whole truth was I’d seen more than enough accidentally last summer. Long story and I didn’t want to relive it. Ever again.
She choked and spit out wine in a beautiful arc of spray. “My what?”
“Bea Arthur. That’s what I imagine is down there. Maybe wearing a long sweater coat.”
Okay, enough rambling from me. If you like friend stories and 90’s pop culture references, then this is the book to read. It’s nostalgic without feeling stale or dated. I made a playlist of the songs used as titles, if this doesn't sell you on the book, I don't know what will.

USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies with heart.

Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall.
Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an imaginary house goat. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.
To learn more about Daisy and her writing, sign up for her mailing list HERE. Send her an email at: daisyauthor@gmail.com Or chat with her on Twitter (@daisy_prescott) and Facebook: /daisyprescottauthorpage, and follow her on Instagram: /daisyprescott

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