Hello Hello Hello! I am part of another amazing book blog tour (check out another book blog tour I did recently for a book called The Memories We Bury) and I am super excited to share this book with you guys! I recently picked up a book called Photographing Kate that I think you guys should pick up as well. Whats this book about? Who is the author? Is this book worth reading? Well, today I am going to tell you!
About The Book
- Photographing Kate
- Series: Book 3
- Author: Laina Turner
- Genre: Romance
- Publisher: Laina Turner Media
- Release Date: November 2, 2020
- Format: Kindle
- 188 pages
After Kate’s husband of over twenty years is sentenced for embezzling and fraud, she loses everything and needs to start over. She decides to visit Moonshire Bay to regroup at the urging of her friend, Claire, who owns the diner there. Knowing she needs a way to support herself, she rekindles her passion for photography and starts to think maybe staying in Moonshire Bay is her best chance at happiness.Zach is the town attorney and a confirmed bachelor. After a scarring experience with love and almost marriage in his younger days, he vowed never to get any closer to a woman than a casual relationship. When Zach meets Kate, the wounded look that lingers behind her smile grabs him and he wants to know her better, but Kate was burned by her lawyer ex-husband. Even if she wanted a relationship it wouldn’t be with a member of that profession. Zach tricks Kate in order to get to know her better. When she finds out, will she understand and forgive him or will it push her father away?
About the Author
Before I get into my review, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the author as well. Her name is Laina Turner but her pen name is Elle Sweet which I think is such a cute name (don’t you?). Anywho here is a little bit about the author written by the author herself:
I started writing ten years ago, and it was always my intent and desire to write romance. However, in my first book, someone died. It just happened and turned the romance into a mystery.
Twenty-some books later, and I decided enough was enough. I was going to do what I’d initially set out to do at the start of my writing journey. Write a book where no one died (It’s not as easy as you think).
I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing Finding Rachel and the three others set in the small town of Moonshire Bay. Finding Rachel is out now and Ari’s Adventure will release in spring of 2020 with the third book set to follow in the early summer of 2020.
How did I come up with my pen name? Elle for the “L” in Laina and Sweet was my grandfather’s last name. I wanted something that had a story. I originally wanted to call myself LuluBell after a pet cow I once had, but the family shot that one down.
Born and raised in the midwest, I live in Indiana with my husband, three amazing children, and our dogs Duke and Macy.
Photographing Kate Book Review
Photographing Kate came out on the 15th of this month right at the start of the blog tour so it is a great new book for you to try out. But is it any good? Gosh, you ask the best questions. Alright, I will tell you. On to the book review!
So, this is probably the most important thing I will say in this whole review but, I was hooked by page 3. I thought the book was going to be good and cute just based on the cover. And it was, it was a really good story. I felt for the main character right away and it’s safe to say I was hooked right from the beginning.
The storyline was simple but still really good. The love story progression was a bit predictable. However, I constantly had the following thoughts after reading Zach’s decisions: that’s the best you could think of doing! or that’s not the best idea, it’s definitely not going to go over smoothly.
I was never bored when I read Photographing Kate and the pace of the story was steady. I wouldn’t say there were any action scenes or super exciting moments. This isn’t that kind of story.
Rather, the emotions of divorce, adapting and finding yourself keep the momentum and is what made this story great. It tackled real-life issues that people experience and go through every day. I can guarantee that you will have experienced something that Kate goes through in this book.
The story takes place in Michigan which I thought was awesome because I live in Michigan. I loved the small-town feel as well. Even though it takes place in Michigan, I felt like the small town was in the south, like North Carolina or something along those lines.
It felt like a real homey town and it made me want to go there. As far as I know, Moonshire Bay (the name of the town in the story) does not actually exist. But, if it did I would definitely take the time to visit!
The characters all felt extremely real too. They didn’t feel like fictional characters to me. Instead, it felt like Laina Turner was writing about real people she knew and just put them into this story. I loved all the characters. My favorite character other than Kate was Kate’s best friend; Claire. All I thought was, this is what everyone wants in a best friend.
Zach was another main character and I liked him a lot too. My only problem was that he is a cheese ball. He is a complete hopeless romantic even though he refused to acknowledge that for basically the whole book.
What smooth writing! I’m serious too, Laina Turner’s writing flowed so well. There was no awkward phrasing and her style was extremely consistent without being boring.
She was descriptive and did quite well at showing rather than telling. If you are a writer, you know that this isn’t always the easiest thing to do. I was able to visualize everything, especially the diner and where Kate ended up living for a good chunk of the book.
Okay, so by now you can probably tell that I would give this book a high rating. And you would be right. I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5 stars. The only reason that I didn’t give Photographing Kate a 5-star rating was because it was slightly predictable in some parts of the books and because some of the romance was too mushy-gushy for my taste. Otherwise, I would recommend this book to literally anyone. It shows that you don’t need a lot of action or crazy events for a book to be great! If you’d like to give this book a go, you can do so by clicking the button below:
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This book conveyed real emotion and struggle while also not being a heavy read. Do you like books that focus on emotion? Are you going to get this book? Let me know in the comments below!
I was lucky enough to read this book because I was part of the blog tour. But, being that it is a blog tour, I wasn’t the only one lucky enough to give you some insight on this book. Check out what other book bloggers had to say about Photographing Kate. The tour goes on until July 21st, 2020.
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