Welcome to the final stop on the blog tour for Like There’s No Tomorrow by Camille Eide, hosted by Singing Librarian Books!
Camille Eide is an author who was new to me when I was assigned her latest book The Memoir of Johnny Devine to review for RT Book Reviews Magazine. Well. Five GOLD stars (and a few months) later, I finally get to catch up a bit on Camille’s backlist 🙂
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Christian
Publisher: Ashberry Lane Publishing
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Number of pages: 310
Like There’s No Tomorrow is an amusing yet tender love story about two kind caretakers, two quirky old Scottish sisters bent on reuniting, and too many agendas. It’s a tale of family, falling in love, faith, and the gift of each new day.
Scottish widower Ian MacLean is plagued by a mischievous grannie, bitter regrets, and an ache for something he’ll never have again. His only hope for freedom is to bring his grannie’s sister home from America. But first, he’ll have to convince her lovely companion, Emily, to let her go. Emily Chapman devotes herself to foster youth and her beloved Aunt Grace. Caring for others quiets a secret fear she holds close to her heart. But when Ian appears, wanting to whisk Grace off to Scotland, everything Emily needs to protect—including her heart—is at risk.
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Camille Eide writes romantic, inspirational dramas about love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, oldies Rock, and Peanut M&Ms.
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I giggled. (a lot)
I cried. (a little)
I swooned. (a little) … (yeah. ok. a lot)
In short, I fell in love. With the book. With the characters. With the settings. And especially with the message of letting go – of fear, bitterness, and burdens we were never meant to carry.
Let’s talk about the characters for a moment. We’ll get to Ian and Emily in a bit, but I absolutely have to focus on Maggie and Grace first. These two elderly Scottish sisters were a handful! And a hoot! They were the main source of my giggles throughout Like There’s No Tomorrow, and I confess that I wondered there for a while if Camille had based these riotous octogenarians on my grandmothers 🙂 Between Grace’s precious confusion and Maggie’s rebellious determination to steal the keys and drive off into the sunset, there was never a dull moment on the page!
And now for Ian. Oh girls! You will LOVE Ian! That is, as long as you go for the brooding, tender, passionate guys with a sense of humor. Who also happen to be SCOTTISH. That’s right – he comes with a brogue and a kilt and a nicely sculpted chest thanks to chopping wood. Swoon over that for a moment and then come back here so we can talk about what really matters. (No… not his kisses. Although those seemed quite delicious!) As yummy as all of that is, the thing I appreciated most about Ian is the change that goes on within his heart. Camille Eide does an exquisite job of capturing his completely-reasonable anger as well as the gradual healing that takes place over the course of the story. And watching that man fall in love was truly a pleasure.
Which brings us to Emily. Because, you see, Like There’s No Tomorrow is so much more than a love story. I would almost say that the romance is only a small part in the overall story, but that’s not exactly true either. The romance becomes the backdrop onto which Camille Eide paints a beautiful landscape of truth and hope and most especially courage.
Does anyone besides me need to hear this reminder today?
Bottom Line: Camille Eide has a way with characters. They get into your heart and set up camp, and you are all the better for having spent time with them. She also has a great talent for creating a scene that appears one way at face value but in fact can be immensely symbolic as well. Like There’s No Tomorrow will linger with me for many reasons – the characters, the setting, the romance. But especially the message of courage – of living life in spite of your fears – and of cherishing each day as though it’s all we’re to be given. If you love to become emotionally invested in the books you read, I highly suggest you try one by Camille Eide!
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 5 / Fantastic!
KissingBook Level: 3.5 / May forget to breathe on occasion and you may grab for your fan every once in a while too!
(A note about the audiobook: I had the privilege of listening to the audiobook of Like There’s No Tomorrow, and I highly recommend it for those of you who prefer to read your books that way! The narrator Becky Doughty does a fantastic job with all of the different voices, and I know I fell headlong for Maggie and Grace much faster because of her talent. I say this as not a big fan of audiobooks, too!)
Enter at the Rafflecopter link for the tour-wide giveaway of a copy of Like There’s No Tomorrow!
February 22–Singing Librarian Books
February 23–Toni Shiloh Prayerfully-Lifted Romance | The Power of Words
February 24–Just Commonly
February 25–Smiling Book Reviews
February 26–A Holland Reads
February 27–Reading Is My SuperPower
Sounds like a fun blog tour. Thank you for the opportunity and for the time you all spent putting it together
Oh wow — sounds like the kind of book I love. Must check into this author and this book in particular. 🙂
oh yes, Kav! You will love Camille’s books! I also highly recommend The Memoir of Johnny Devine – it has a special place in my heart 🙂
Carrie! Love your review! Love love it!
thank you, Annie! 🙂
Carrie – I was tagged on FB regarding this review and I just wanted to thank you for your remarks on the audiobook of Like There’s No Tomorrow. It was a wonderful book to narrate, so reviews like yours about books like this one really make my day.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Becky, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I thoroughly your reading of Camille’s delightful story 🙂
Carrie, your insight blows me away again. Thank you for taking time to delve into this story and mine the special bits. 🙂 I’m so glad you got to listen to Becky’s version… I LOVED how she did each character’s voice, and she took care to be sure she had the right dialects for the region. You might want to check out her books as well. 🙂
And your meme—it just occurred to me on reading the quote you selected for it — on symbolic honeysuckle, so fitting — that those words Ian inscribed inside a book before his long hiatus from God were inspirational to someone else’s courage later, courage that would directly benefit him. Kind of a circle. I meant to do that. 😉
Thank you for your review and your lovely graphic!
It is my absolute pleasure 🙂 That quote stood out to me when I first read it & stayed with me during the rest of the book <3