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Need You Now (Cloud Bay) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Aug 2017
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About the Author
Emma Douglas would love to live in a world where professional napping was a thing. But until then, she thinks writing books is a pretty awesome alternative. When not writing about imaginary people, she can be found reading, doing something crafty, bingewatching TV, playing her latest song crush on repeat, or singing badly in her car. She lives in Melbourne, Australia in a tiny house stuffed full of books, too many craft supplies and two cats who take up more space than you would expect. Find out more about Emma at www.emmadouglasbooks.com.
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I found this a very enjoyable start to a new series, set on the lovely Cloud Bay island and set around a yearly music festival, I suppose reminiscent of Woodstock if you're a UK resident.
Faith is the daughter of a rock star and one of the members of a band who started the yearly festival on the island. Her Dad has since passed away and Faith has been running the festival since. Caleb is a major tennis star and has come to the island for a bit of relaxation, and to get away from the press, after just announcing his retirement.
The story is mainly set around the festival and Faith and Caleb's slowly developing relationship. Faith does seem to be the lynchpin of the whole festival and is always run off her feet whilst it is on and is really looking for more to do with her life. Caleb is now looking at options to do with his life now his career has finished, and eventually they both manage to sort things out with just a little hiccup towards the end.
This was a very easy reading book and most of the side characters were really interesting and likeable. I can see lot of other stories developing for them in this series, which I'm looking forward to reading, especially since the next one is a Christmas themed story about Faith's sister, Mina, and one of the guys who runs the Whiskey Distillery and bar on the island, Will. Can't wait!
Caleb is an ex-tennis player who first sets eyes on Faith on the day of the festival. He and Faith meet in the most unexpected of places, and, reluctantly (for Faith, at least) a kind of timid, slightly awkward friendship emerges between them that I was glad to see.
The book is very family – orientated, and the island setting gives it a cosy feel. Faith and her mother Lou are incredibly close. Faith definitely has her work cut out over much of the book with trying to arrange the island's festival and try to get clear what she thinks about Caleb.
She gets on well with her sister Mina and their brother Zach is hardly around, having commitments with his own band.
The book presents an interesting family dynamic, with many of the members living close together, and having a common interest in music. Mina, who, in Faith's own words, is the "married to her childhood sweetheart at 18 type person," lives in a cottage at the base of a lighthouse and loves storms and painting. She is not remotely interested in music, but takes an interest in what Faith does now and then, and offers her opinion. I like it that two sisters who have different interests get on well.
After an initial slowness, which I felt strange at first but which, as I read on, ultimately allowed me to really get to know the characters and setting, the pacing picked up and so did the frequency with which Caleb and Faith saw eachother. I felt a a sense of anticipation as to what might happen between Faith and Caleb when they first met, and even more after every time they see eachother and that's what kept me reading, aside from the island/ family themes. From the outset, Caleb seems friendly and gentlemanly towards Faith, who seems hostile as she is not interested in settling down. Faith's social circle are her best friends Theo and Ivy. Ivy is one of just 6 employees at Harper Inc. What I enjoyed about the book most was that the plot seems quite simple, but is tightly woven to produce the atmosphere of the town, island and festival and the business of festival time contrasts with how quiet the quaint-sounding town's few shops, bars and distillery usually are.
Music and memories are in Faith's blood and on her mind as her dad left her the family home and the rest of the family members all live close by. Blacklight was her dad's band, and the star of the show during many CloudFest shows in years past, and her dad's former fellow band member colleagues are like uncles to Faith.
Will the CloudFest be a success this year?
Will Caleb and Faith's relationship develop further?
Read the book to find out!
This is the first book I have read by Emma Douglas, and it is a sweet and tender book that has it's moments of drama. I'm looking forward to reading more from Emma Douglas and the residents of Cloud Bay.
Thank you to Emma Douglas and to St Martin's Press for a copy of this book via NetGalley as well as the chance to participate in the blog tour for this title on the book's release day.
I have read some amazing books published by St Martin's Press, and Need You Now is no exception. I cannot wait to discover the rest of the Cloud Bay series!
Need You Now is a must-read for all fans of sweet, small-town romances. Because of this book, Emma Douglas now is right up there with my favorite authors in the genre.
Faith is living in the shadow of her now deceased father, the famous lead singer rock star of the Backlight legendary group. Each year the band did a rock festival on Lansing Island, where Faith now lives and carries on the tradition of the festival. Being a small island, everyone knows everyone’s business so whenever Faith needs an itch scratching, she takes off the island. Even when the annual festival brings in droves of fans, she would never break that small vow she made to herself, until she meets Caleb who she is curiously drawn to from the start.
Caleb has recently taken retirement from his career as a top tennis player. Being out of sorts he agrees to accompany his friend to Lansing Island to stay and watch the Backlight Festival. It’s here he comes face to face with the beautiful Faith. As times goes on they both come to an agreement of benefits whilst Caleb is on the island. However when it is time for him to leave it brings other emotions both were not expecting to have.
This was a great small town vibe but with added excitement of a rock festival. I liked the slow burn of the initial relationship between Faith and Caleb but once that line was crossed it quickly heated up. The secondary characters were also engaging and I can’t wait to know more about the siblings, especially the enigmatic Zach.
This was an enjoyable read with sufficient heat and a great start to a series about a family amongst a background of a small town and an added bonus of rock star royalty. Four stars
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