Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog Tour After Hello by Lisa Mangum


What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had? 

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City. 

Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find. 

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.

Jewelz' Review~
I thoroughly enjoyed reading After Hello, by Lisa Mangum. I have read her Hourglass Door trilogy and was excited to read her latest book. I will admit that I felt a little misled by the blurb - with the description of Sara as a "seeker" and Sam as a "finder" I thought I was going to be reading a book with some type of paranormal element (much like The Hourglass Door). That's not the case. Granted, both Sara & Sam fit the descriptions - just not in the way I had anticipated.

It's not very often that a book takes place in only one day - but this one does. It all begins with a choice. Sara takes a picture of Sam and decides to follow him. That choice set the course for the remainder of her time visiting New York City. Sam teaches Sara how to trade and Sara helps Sam to move forward from the past. They have an amazing adventure together - roving the Big Apple for the perfect piece of art - determined to finish their "quest" and save Sam's brother Paul's job.

I enjoyed that each chapter was in either the perspective of Sara or Sam - the reader gets to see both of their points of view. It was interesting to me that Sara's chapters were written in first person, yet Sam's were written in third person. I'm not sure Ms. Mangum's reason for this, because Sam's chapters - while in third person - were clearly in his point of view. I'm sure it was a conscious choice on her part - I'll just say that I noticed it and it made me pause and wonder.

As I said at the start, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know Sara and Sam. Each had a unique story to tell. Each had past pain that they are trying to face & overcome. Ultimately, they were able to help one another. I truly hope that Ms Mangum is working on a sequel because the ending just did not suffice for me - I want more! It wrapped up nicely, but I need more of a resolution and would love to read what happens when Sam & Sara say "Hello Again".

honest disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review and in connection with this blog tour.

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About Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department for Deseret Book since 1997.

Besides books, Lisa loves movies, sunsets, spending time with her family, trips to Disneyland, and vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy. She is the author of The Hourglass Door (which was named the 2009 YA Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews), The Golden Spiral, The Forgotten Locket and After Hello.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like something fun and different, all in one day.