What have I being doing all my reading life that I haven’t read a book by Paulina Simons before now. I’ve just finished Lone Star by Paullina Simons and it pretty much finished me too. I’m blown away. By feels. All the feels. Blown away, into a lake of feels, and drowning fast in them.Lone Star by Paullina Simons, Lauren Saunders
Published by HarperAudio on November 24th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Romance
From the bestselling, acclaimed author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman comes the unforgettable love story between a college-bound young woman and a traveling troubadour on his way to war—a moving, compelling novel of love lost and found set against the stunning backdrop of Eastern Europe.
Chloe is just weeks away from heading off to college and starting a new life far from her home in Maine when she embarks on a great European adventure with her boyfriend and two best friends. Their destination is Barcelona, but first they must detour through the historic cities of Eastern Europe to keep an old family promise.
Here, in this fledgling post-Communist world, Chloe meets a charming American vagabond named Johnny, who carries a guitar, an easy smile—and a lifetime of secrets. From Treblinka to Trieste, from Karnikava to Krakow, from Vilnius to Venice, the unlikely band of friends and lovers traverse the old world on a train trip that becomes a treacherous journey into Europe’s and Johnny’s darkest past—a journey that jeopardizes Chloe’s plans for the future and all she ever thought she wanted.
Five Things I Loved about Lone Star by Paullina Simons
The Eastern European setting:
It’s not your typical destination for a tour of Europe and I absorbed every aspect of it. The exotic food, the chaotic travel system, the chilling holocaust camps, the lingering influence of the Iron Curtain; I gobbled up all the details and made a mental note to add some of these counties to my travel bucket list.
Chloe, her best friend Hannah, and their boyfriends, Blake and Mason (who are brothers) are on a tour of Eastern Europe to fulfil Chloe’s grandmother’s wishes. The tangled connections between them grow even more complicated as they spend the tour in each others pockets. None of couples seem well matched and lots of secrets lie dormant. Just waiting for the right moment to float to the surface and explode with messy consequences.
The bad boy:
As if the relationships above weren’t convoluted enough, enter Johnny Rainbow. A boy so wrong, that he is right. Chloe falls instantly for his charm (can’t blame her, so did I!). He is quick tongued, full of knowledge and talks a good talk. I saw his bad points just as clearly, but his good-humoured swagger won my heart. But best of all is that he is not the typical bad boy that you read about. He is unique. He is Johnny Rainbow and he shines bright.
Yes capital F! The feels are going to get you. I found the book built slowly, but I cared so much about the characters that when THINGS happened; I bawled! A crescendo of feels just rocked though me. Now that’s how you write a love story.
Difficult to categorise:
I love that this book doesn’t fit neatly into any genre. It features young characters but it’s not really YA. It’s crammed with historical facts but it’s not historical fiction. It’s full of travel info but it’s so much more than just a road trip book. There is a romance but it’s more about life and destiny and daring to risk it all.
Overall this is one of favourite books of the year. I grabbed the audiobook in the library, as I thought it would be a great way of trying out this author. And now The Bronze Horseman is pushed way up my to-be-read pile as I need to read more Paullina Simmons books real soon. Like yesterday soon!
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Who should read Lone Star by Paullina Simons?
I’d highly recommend this to you if you like messy relationships, intense romances and fancy a virtual trip around Eastern Europe. I’m finding it hard to compare it with other books, as it feels so unique so I’m just going to say if you like wonderful, intricate and messy characters then give it a shot. And think Outlander type romance.