A Day to Review – Countdown to Love

Julie N. Ford

This book is part of a tour with Tristi Pinkston Book Tours. Thanks, Tristi for allowing me to participate! I received my copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book
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 heels, Kelly feels confident that she will be among the first would-be fiancées 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 somehow she has landed firmly on both feet.

Leaving behind Music Row in Nashville, TN, for the majestic Grand Teton mountains, Countdown 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.

About the Author
Julie N. Ford has a BA in political science and a minor in English literature from San Diego State University. In addition, she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching, childbirth education, and family therapy. Along with Count Down to Love, she is the author of two other women’s fiction novels due for release in 2011. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, two daughters, and one very feisty fish.

In her spare time, Julie loves to ride her mountain bike, practice yoga, spend time shopping, walking and listening to music with her daughters and of course reading. Some of her favorite authors include, Daphne Du Maurier, Bronte, P.D. James, Michael Crichton, Linda Davies and Sophie Kinsella.

My Review
I have to say that I truly enjoyed reading Countdown to Love. I wondered how much “reality TV” would be in this book as I began reading the story. I have watched enough episodes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see what goes on, and that a lot happens when the cameras aren’t rolling. I enjoyed this book because of several things, but mostly because the characters felt real to me. There are those who were shallow while others were well developed – just like real people. Everyone has their own motives for joining a show like “Countdown to Love.”

I liked Kelly Grace, even though she’s a messed up bride-left-at-the-alter who doesn’t know what she wants to do next. Who hasn’t been at a loss when blindsided by something huge in life? She is a likeable girl in total denial of life, but she stays genuine to the core.

There was plenty of positioning and suspense with the other characters in the book, but there were some things I didn’t see coming – especially from the characters that were involved. (No details here for fear of spoiling!) I really enjoyed the style of this book, the flow of the storyline, and the way the characters blossomed and developed as events unfolded. The fact that it is a clean read in spite of the reality/romance format is truly refreshing. But don’t think that there isn’t enough romance to enjoy!

This is a great book for women’s book clubs, romance readers, and young girls who enjoy a good, clean romantic story. Does the girl find her love? You’ll have to read the book to find out!!! I will say that I didn’t expect the ending, but I liked it.