Book Review – North to You

Posted June 19, 2017 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

Book Review – North to YouNorth to You Series: Journey to the Heart #1
by Tif Marcelo
Published by Pocket Star on June 5, 2017
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 315
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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In this warmhearted and charming debut from Tif Marcelo, a food truck chef and her long lost Army love clash when they cross paths in San Francisco.

Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else.

That is, until Drew Bautista walks back into her life.

Drew is Camille’s former high school crush and he returns to San Francisco to repair his relationship with his father before he ships out for deployment. By helping his father renovate his failing Filipino restaurant, he hopes to win back his respect. But when sparks fly between Drew and Camille—his father’s major competition and sworn enemy—Drew is conflicted. Should he join his father in the war against her food truck? Or surrender to the woman who’s given him a second chance at love?

Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge

 

North to You is a sweet and heartwarming second chance romance.  I loved everything about this book!

I was drawn to this book for the following reasons:

  • It is set in San Francisco (I’m a Bay Area native)
  • There are food trucks (just mention food and I’m there)
  • A soldier (I love and respect the men and women who have sacrificed for our country)
  • A Filipino main character (I’m Filipina-American and we need more books with diversity!)

 

North to You touched my heart.  Camille and Drew’s romance began in high school and they are reunited as adults.  High school romances are cute and sweet but now as adults their relationship is built on love and respect. They’ve both been dealing with challenges in their lives: Camille starting her food truck business and supporting her younger sister, while Drew had made a tough choice to pursue his dreams which resulted in him being a disappointment to his father. When they stumble across each other it is fate and they become each other’s chance of happiness in their stressful lives.  I loved how they reconnected and their touristy dates around San Francisco brought back great memories of my own dates with my husband. Their story reminded me of my favorite movie You Got Mail in which Camille and Drew gave each other advice not knowing their businesses are in competition with each other.

It has been a long time since I’ve come across a story that moved me to tears.  North to You is not just a second chance romance, but it is also about family. Camille is working hard so her sister Ally can attend a prestigious art college. When Camille’s plans hit some major roadblocks she is devastated and I cried a long with her. Camille had lost her parents and grandmother so she has taken on the roles as mother and sister for Ally. She had taken on the difficult responsibility so it was heartbreaking to see Camille’s dreams get shattered. Drew returned to San Francisco in the hopes of repairing his relationship with his father. Author Tif Marcelo brought to light the closeness and support that Filipino families are built on. Our families immigrated to the U.S. for a better future for their children. Because of their sacrifice a high expectation is put upon us to succeed and sometimes fulfill our parent’s dreams. I felt a strong connection with Drew because I understood the tough choices he had to make. The touching moments with his family and the Filipino comfort food brought back warm memories of my own time with my family.

North to You is an impressive debut from author Tif Marcelo. The writing was perfect and the characters were well developed and people I would love to be friends with. I loved the romance, the family unity and the food! I can’t wait to read more from this author.  I highly recommend this book to all romance fans!

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

About Tif Marcelo

Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children.

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