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Count Down to Love Tour: Review

Thursday, July 14, 2011

4 Stars: A Great Read
Paperback: 234 Pages
Publication: July 9, 2011 by Bonneville Books

Abandoned at the altar, Kelly Grace Pickens finds herself left holding not only the bouquet but also the exorbitant bill for an A-list wedding. Homeless, a once promising singing career floundering, and her life bearing an uncanny resemblance to one of her country music ballads, she reluctantly accepts a last minute offer to appear on a reality TV show akin to the bachelor. Pitted against silicon-enhanced supermodels in four-inch heals, Kelly feels confident that she will be among the first would-be fiancés to be excused. Only, when the mysterious bachelor from New York City, Dillon Black, invites her to stay, Kelly finds herself thrust into the vortex of a game she doesn’t have the first idea how to play. Nursing her hopelessly broken heart while avoiding the foils of her fellow contestants, Kelly is oblivious to Dillon’s affections as she wades through hurt and betrayal to discover, in the end, that she has landed firmly on both feet.

Leaving behind Nashville’s Music Row for the majestic Grand Teton mountains, Count Down To Love takes readers on a journey from duplicity to sincerity as Kelly discovers that being true to oneself is the first step in finding happiness and everlasting love.

After being jilted on her wedding day, Kelly Grace Pickens’s cousin convinces her to join a reality show where she competes with other women for the love of Dillon Black. Despite her initial beliefs that she’ll be among the first to leave, Kelly finds herself returning each round, growing more and more fond of Dillon in spite of her attempts to keep her heart true to her missing fiancé.

Count Down to Love is a fun, flirty and very clean read. I really enjoyed the precious moments that Kelly spends with Dillon. She really needed to meet someone like him: someone warm and caring, someone who appreciated her as a person, not a moneymaking tool. I liked Kelly herself. She’s outspoken and honest, a large contrast to the worldly girls on the show.

Honestly, I don’t like how country girls are considered naïve and city girls sophisticated. I live in a city, and I wouldn't count my friends especially rich or snobby (far from it), but I do like how Kelly is a country girl. I love stories about country girls and guys, and Kelly is an especially sweet girl. She likes to look nice, but she isn’t too big on fashion. She’s honest and wants to help people for a living. It’s obvious what Dillon sees in her, but she’s going through heartache and hasn’t learned to appreciate whom she is. That’s what the story is about.

I know that Ford meant for this to be a story about Kelly discovering herself, but I believe that she centered the story too much on Kelly. We don’t get to meet a lot of the cast or see much of Kelly’s interactions with them, which would have brightened and fleshed the story. She could have also developed Trevor’s impact on Kelly’s life more so that we know why she’s so hung up on the fiancé that jilted her on their wedding day.

Still, this is a great book for a summer read, and I enjoyed myself immensely. You don’t see too many clean adult novels. There were no sensual scenes in Count Down to Love. In fact, other than the fact that the characters were adults and had jobs, you could see this as a young adult novel. Older readers of contemporary teen reads will enjoy this book too.


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Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English Literature from San Diego State University. In addition, she earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has worked in teaching, childbirth education and family therapy and hopes to re-enter the Social Work field someday.

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1 comment on "Count Down to Love Tour: Review"
  1. Kris,
    Thank you for agreeing to be a part of this blog tour and for the great review! I'm glad you found the content appropriate for all ages. I was really hoping this would be a book mothers and daughters could enjoy together :)
    Julie N Ford

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