- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (July 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758284721
- ISBN-13: 978-0758284723
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meet Me in Barcelona Paperback – July 29, 2014
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About the Author
Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist. Her books include London From My Windows, Meet Me in Barcelona, 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. Readers are welcome to visit her at marycarterbooks.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter @marycarterbooks.
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It's ok as a straightforward kind of a book, but nothing more.
First we have Grace and Jake's relationship. They have lived together for five years, they love each other, and Grace envisions a wedding. But does Jake? When this surprise trip to Barcelona comes up, Grace keeps anticipating Jake falling on bended knee. Will he?
The trip itself is a mystery, of course. Who sent the two of them on this trip? When Grace and Jake discover that it's her long lost "sister" Carrie Ann, no one is more surprised than Grace. Well, Jake is pretty shocked too because he had no idea Carrie Ann existed. He begins to wonder. What else has Grace kept from him? He does think - several times - that Grace is pretty awesome, so if she chose not to tell him about Carrie Ann, she must have had a good reason. Right?
Carrie Ann is what you might call a problem. Clearly her motives are not loving or kind. Clearly she is up to no good. But why? Why did she lure Grace to Barcelona? It takes a while to get to that, and sometimes it felt like it was taking too long. There is a Tragic Secret that Carrie Ann and Grace share, another thing she's never told Jake, and that Tragic Secret of course is a strong motivator for Carrie Ann's - er - gift.
There are other characters who infiltrate this story, and Mary Carter lets us get into their heads too. Primarily, though, this is Grace's story. She's the innocent abroad, and she is the one who has to find and rescue Jake firstly. Whether Carrie Ann requires rescuing is another matter.
Carter's inconsistent pacing occasionally derails the story, but her strength lies in her characterizations. Even minor characters such as a co-conspirator of Carrie Ann's are well developed. When Grace suffers a twinge of interest in another man, we don't blame her as much as we would if we didn't know her so well. Jake's lack of a proposal makes her question her desirability, her allure. It makes her susceptible to this good looking man's interest.
As much as I enjoyed the story, I did occasionally lose interest. I found Carrie Ann to be just awful. She's the weakest written, and when she filtered the story, I had a hard time turning the pages. Yes, I understand that she had it tough, but I really didn't care. She just did not hold my interest. One of the big plot twists is broadcast far too loudly, but some of them surprise.
Another good thing: Barcelona. Mary Carter does a fantastic job of bringing the setting into the story and making it an important facet. Grab that passport, because you will want to go for a visit.
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It’s been a tough time for Grace. Dealing with her mother’s illness and her going into hospice care is at the top of the list. But the horrible review that big-time music producer, Marsh Everett, gave Grace in Country Weekly was definitely up there too. The timing couldn’t have been better for her boyfriend to win a trip for two to Spain. She knew it would make for a great respite for all that’s been going on in her life.
While in Spain, strange messages kept popping up. First was the one in the matchbook that read, ‘Meet me in Barcelona.’ Then one was found in a book that was Grace’s favorite as a young girl. But it wasn’t until she found an envelope that was slid under their room door that Grace was certain of who was leaving these “clues”.
As a child, Grace’s parents took in foster children. Carrie Ann came to them at nine years old and was the same age as Grace. Although Grace always wanted a sister, something about Carrie Ann frightened her a bit. She wanted to be a magician when she grew up and was one to always leave behind clues. So when these strange clues kept popping up, Grace knew that it had to be her! She had spent the last fifteen years trying to forget about her foster sister, but Carrie Ann was not one to go quietly. She always had a motive and bad things seem to follow her. Currently running from an abusive relationship, she hopes that Grace will be there for her and not disappear like she had done many years before!
Mary Carter has a gift of captivating her readers from the first page, making it impossible to put the book down until you reach the very end. This book was so mysterious and unpredictable. I felt like I was on a literary scavenger hunt! Meet Me In Barcelona is a must read for anyone who craves adventure in an exotic locale.