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Groundswell Paperback – May 29, 2012
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--US Weekly (Essential Summer Read selection)
"You'll want to dive into this first novel by Katie Lee.... It's a sexy combination of juicy, off-the-red-carpet dish, a hunky surf instructor (but of course!), and miles of unspoiled beach."
--Coastal Living (Beach Book Club Pick)
"It's the perfect accessory for summer--a really enjoyable read."
"Just like in her cookbooks, Lee has come up with the recipe for a great summer read."
--Star (Pick of the Week)
""Groundswell" will sweep you up into a world of wealth, gossip, and glamour, as seen through the eyes of a rags-to-riches heroine who marries a movie star, only to find herself betrayed. But at its heart this novel is about the strength of friendship, the importance of knowing your true self, and the possibility of starting over. A totally addictive summer read."
--J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the "New York Times" bestselling novels "Commencement" and "Maine"
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Now here she is all these years later rubbing shoulders with everyone who's anyone, a successful screenwriter in her own right with a summer blockbuster under her designer belt but there's still some of that insecure girl that Garrett plucked from the movie lot seven years earlier in her. The crowds, the parties, the faking it all - it's getting tiresome. When she sneaks away for some peace at a big event, she ends up seeing something that destroys her world instead - evidence that Garrett has been unfaithful.
With a leak to the press and depression setting in, Emma decides to flee somewhere she's never been before, somewhere simple where she can reconnect with the woman she was before Garrett - the kind of woman who didn't wear high heels or fancy dresses - and decide what parts of her life were real and whether she can go back to the life she used to have.
This is such a crazy emotional whirlwind of a book, generally in a dramatically good way for a reader. Emma very quickly goes from a starving student to having one of the world's most sought after actors at her feet.Read more ›
Emma is very likable and it is easy to see how such a nice girl gets wrapped up in the Hollywood lifestyle. She at least remains true to herself even though she does buy into the dream, which turns into a nightmare. Her journey of self discovery in nicely played with the background of surfing. I haven't read a book like this with such a unique twist. I have a feeling that the author used some personal experiences in the writing of this one since she married Billy Joel. I really enjoyed this one.
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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For example, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Lily approached Emma to apologize, but we only heard of it in passing. And I don't feel like I got enough of what Emma and Garrett's marriage was like for seven years.
Overall, an enjoyable read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Groundswell was a great source of entertainment during my flight from the east coast to the west coast. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger
Really enjoyed reading this book. Would love reading this on a beach. Loved how she developed the characters. Like her writing style. Want another that is longer...Published 5 months ago by Love to read
Easy to read and a wonderfully written story line. I read this book in two days, could not put it down.Published 10 months ago by mkayh
Groundswell is a nice relaxing read, perfect for sitting on the beach. I enjoyed the characters and the story moved along to a satisfying finish.Published 13 months ago by JustJill
Great for an airplane or sitting at the beach or pool. Predictable, and a little too Harlequin Romance like, but some of the emotions hit home which bumped it up. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Suzanne
Definitely a beach read. I took it on a cruise recently and was able to breeze right through it. The main character, Emma is relatable and we all know a Lily and have a Grace. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ashton Creasy