Sunday, February 28, 2016

Book Review: Always With You by Andrea Hurst

Always With You
By Andrea Hurst
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Description:

1977 is a glorious time to be alive in the beautiful wine country of Northern California, and Cathy has everything she thought she wanted - from a thriving health food café to loyal friends. 

Since the devastating failure of her short-lived marriage, Cathy has buried herself in her work and kept men at arm’s length. But when an old high school friend, Pam, brings her family for a short stay, Cathy’s stone walls begin to crumble when she meets Jamie. Jamie, whose compassion and warmth slowly break down her defenses. Jamie, whose devotion to his four-year-old daughter melts Cathy's heart and makes her desperate for a family of her own. Jamie… who is married to Pam. 

A profound love that transcends time and place is impossible to resist. But is love more important than friendship? Are loyalty and fidelity an anchor or a chain? In the end, it’s all about choices – tough ones that can break hearts. Now Cathy must make the most difficult choice of her life. 

Book Review:

Always With You is about a woman, Cathy, who has rebuilt her life by opening up her own café, having amazing friends and trying to forget her rough past. That changes when her best friend from high school, Pam, her husband and daughter stays with Cathy. Cathy's barriers fall when she gets to know Jamie, she sees his kindness and love for his family. But he is Pam's husband. Cathy tries to hide her feelings for Jamie, but knows in her heart that love doesn't go away.

Always With You is fantastic! This love story is compassionate and shocking. I found that Always With You is very detailed. I, as the reader could envision everything that was happening. Cathy is a beautiful, brave and witty character. I think that every character was well planned and had a big part in the book.

Ms. Hurst did not leave me hanging. My personal favorite character is Amber, Jamie and Pam's four year old daughter. The author captured the real actions and emotions that the child would experience. I did love that when the characters were making a meal that the food was described. As someone who enjoys cooking, that was pretty rad. I think that Always With You could've been a little more fast paced, but other then that it's awesome! Four stars!

Author bio:

When not visiting local farmer's markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in creative writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers Digest. She lives with her dachshund in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm. 

Her published books include The Guestbook, Tea & Comfort, and Always With You, The Lazy Dog's Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody's Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles. To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit or

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