20 August 2014

Meet Me in Barcelona by Mary Carter

About the Book

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A surprise trip to Barcelona with her boyfriend, Jake, seems like the perfect antidote to Grace Sawyer's current woes. The city is dazzling and unpredictable, but the biggest surprise for Grace is discovering who arranged and paid for the vacation.

Carrie Ann wasn’t just Grace’s foster sister. Clever, pretty, and mercurial, she was her best friend — until everything went terribly wrong. Now, as she flees an abusive marriage, Carrie Ann has turned to the one person she hopes will come through for her. Despite her initial misgivings, Grace wants to help. But then Carrie Ann and Jake both go missing. Stunned and confused, Grace begins to realize how much of herself she’s kept from Jake — and how much of Carrie Ann she never understood. Soon Grace is baited into following a trail of scant clues across Spain, determined to find the truth, even if she must revisit her troubled past to do it.

Mary Carter’s intriguing novel delves into the complexities of childhood bonds, the corrosive weight of guilt and blame, and all the ways we try — and often fail — to truly know the ones we love.

As a Spanish major who studied in Spain for a college semester, I have a hard time resisting books that take place in Spain – so Mary Carter’s Meet Me in Barcelona definitely caught my eye. Carter captures the scenes of the beautiful Barcelona in her words and reminded me of my own adventures in the city. What a treat. Brief informative descriptions accompany most mentioned tourist attractions, and while at times I felt they bogged down the narrative, I still appreciated the explanations.

Within this Spanish setting, Carter crafts quite an enjoyable story. As Grace and Jake unsuspectingly take a simple vacation to Barcelona, the sudden appearance of Grace’s foster sister, Carrie Ann, draws them into an unpredictable plot. Though it starts slowly with all the initial set-up, Meet Me in Barcelona soon gains momentum and twists and turns all the way to a very dramatic conclusion. Carter kept me guessing about the childhood secrets and lurking villains, and I had fun trying to figure everything out. For anyone looking for a bit of adventure and mystery, consider Mary Carter’s Meet Me in Barcelona.

Thanks to Mary Carter and Pump Up Your Book, I received a copy of Meet Me in Barcelona and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

§  Meet Me in Barcelona is available at Amazon.
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§  Read the first chapter here.

About the Author
Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist. Meet Me in Barcelona is her eighth novel. Her other works include:  Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthology, Summer Days, A Southern Christmas in the upcoming 2014 anthology, Our First Christmas, A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology, Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology, Almost Home. Mary currently lives in Chicago, IL with a demanding labradoodle. She wishes she could thank her gorgeous husband, but she doesn’t have one. In addition to writing she leads writing workshops.

§  Visit Mary Carter’s website.
§  Check out her writing workshop at The Writer's Loft.
§  Connect with Mary on Facebook and Twitter.
§  More books by Mary Carter.

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