Lone Star by Paullina SimonsLone Star by Paullina Simons

Lone Star

byPaullina Simons

Paperback | July 28, 2015

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Lone Star is another unforgettable love story from the best-selling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman.Life isn't about the destination, but the journey.Chloe is weeks away from college when she embarks on a great European adventure with her boyfriend and her two best friends. Their destination is Barcelona with its promise of romance and mystery, but first they must detour through the historic cities of Eastern Europe to settle an old family debt.As they traverse the unfamiliar landscape of the post-Communist world, Chloe meets a boy on a train who is going off to war. Johnny carries a guitar, an easy smile - and a lifetime of secrets.The trip becomes a treacherous journey into Europe's and Johnny's darkest past - a journey that threatens to shatter the bonds that hold together four lifelong friends.From Riga to Treblinka to Trieste, Chloe sees her future begin to fray as unbidden desires rise to the surface.For Chloe and Johnny only one thing is certain: whatever their destination, their lives will never be the same.
Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She lives in New York with her husband and children.
Title:Lone StarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.76 × 5.12 × 0.39 inPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007441630

ISBN - 13:9780007441631

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Paullina Simons Fans I first read this via my library but I loved it so much that I just had to buy my own copy. I have read a handful of amazing books this year but this left me with such a book hangover that I feel very swept up in my thoughts right now, very little of which I can tell you because I don't want to spoil anything for those who are going to be reading this. I went into this knowing only two things: the title and the author. Knowing the author's name was enough for me. Simons is the writer of my very favourite book, The Bronze Horseman. I have read those three books, plus her cookbook, as well as her first book, Tully. I have been hesitant to read any more of Simons' books because her books are not always easy to read. Her writing is beautiful but her stories and characters are sometimes frustrating because she does not take them in the direction that I want them to go, which I completely respect, but as a reader this creates a tumultuous reading experience. In the end, it's all worth it, but the journey itself is a tough one. Her characters are flawed and make decisions that make you want to shake them. I can still picture myself sitting in my living room after finishing Tully four years ago and just staring ahead thinking, "WTH Paullina?" unable to move on. Lone Star was a little different from her other books that I've read. The poetic, lyrical writing was ever-present, and so were the flawed characters, but it seemed to move along at calmer pace. Some may think that this story is too long and detailed. For me, I enjoyed this right from the beginning. Simons took her time laying things out meticulously for us: the character growth, the settings, the history, the family dynamics, the small town everyday details, the romance. She doesn't rush things and when done right, I love a good, long story. As a reviewer, I have a bad habit of wanting to rate books as I read. I am constantly thinking, "This is a 4 star book. This is a 3 star book." At about 20% when Simons' introduced different POVs, it threw me off a little and I started questioning my enjoyment of it. I had to give myself a 'talking to' and say, "Hildy, let this whole story unfold before you make any judgements." I was not wrong and will give that same advice to you. The last half of this book had me glued. When I was finished, I needed to talk about this for hours with my friend Nicole. I went back and reread a lot of it and found so much deep meaning that I didn't completely grasp my first time through. To me, that's the sign of a good book, when you can reread it and discover new, enlightening things. I highly recommend this for people who have read and enjoyed The Bronze Horseman series. The characters in this book do start out in their late teens but this story doesn't present itself as a 'teen' book. There is so much more to it than young romance.
Date published: 2015-08-07

Editorial Reviews

Tully'Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next. Read it and weep - literally' CompanyTatiana and Alexander'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair . It also has - thank goodness - a welcome sense of humour and discernible characters rather than ciphers.'Victoria Moore, Daily Mail