Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review: Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford

Count Down to Love

  Count Down to Love
Author:  Julie N. Ford
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christian Romance
Pages:  240
Published:  July 2011
Publisher:  Bonneville Books
Source:  NetGalley
Blog Tour:  Tristi Pinkston Virtual Book Tours

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 fianc├ęs 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.

Poor Kelly is left waiting for her groom on her wedding day.  He's buggered off with all their money leaving her with an apartment eviction notice, unpaid bills and an extravagant wedding to pay for!  Little does she know something big is right around the corner!

Her cousin talks her into helping her out on a reality TV show called "Count Down to Love"  - a Bachelor based show that she produces.  One of her 'models' has backed out last minute and is scrambling to find a replacement.  Kelly agrees - and finds herself thrust into a world she knows little about.

Dillon takes one look at Kelly and sees something in her that no one else does.  He breaks all sorts of rules to keep Kelly on the show.  Kelly is a bit oblivious to exactly how Dillon feels about her - which he shows in funny ways!!  I won't spoil the fun by telling you everything that Dillon does - but it's good!

I really enjoyed this story - it was a quick easy read with a fast paced and funny premise.  The characters was well written and engaging.  Julie Ford did an excellent job creating the relationship between Kelly and Dillon - and the rotten ex fiance - who manages to show up just at the wrong/right time!!

This was a great read and I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good clean contemporary romance with a christian undercurrent.


About the Author:

Julie Ford was born number four of six children on March Air Force Base in Riverside, California.  After spending the first ten years of her life as an air force brat, her family settled in San Diego, CA, where she spent the rest of her youth contemplating boys and every possible way to get to the beach . . . then, how long she could realistically stay. 

At the ripe old age of twenty-seven, she finally graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature.  During her time at SDSU she met a tenacious young man, two years her junior, who refused to take no for an answer when she repeatedly told him that he was too young for her—Tracy Ford. Promptly after graduation, they were married.
Married fifteen years, they have two daughters.  Throughout their marriage they braved hurricanes, tornados, eight years of a republican presidency and moves from San Diego to San Antonio, back to California, to Birmingham, Palm Beach and finally Nashville, TN where they hope to live out their days . . . down the street from her in-laws.
While living in Birmingham, she attended the University of Alabama where she received a Masters Degree in Social Work.  With an MSW, she had hopes of working as a family therapist.  However, this ambition had to be put on hold when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma during her third semester of graduate school.

After enduring chemotherapy, she somehow escaped with her life and an unrelenting desire to tell Josie’s story. The only thing she can surmise is that somehow the chemo had an effect on her creativity, kind of how a superhero will receive his/her powers after falling into a vat of toxic waste.  Besides more precious time with her husband and children, she would like to think that she got more out of four months of having chemicals pumped into her veins besides six months of impersonating the Buddha and premature menopause.

In addition to her primary job as a stay-at-home-mom and budding author, she has worked as a substitute high school teacher, Lamaze Certified Childbirth and Infant CPR instructor, family therapist and don’t forget, Parisian’s sales associate.

In her spare time, she 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.
Where to find Julie:

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story :)
    Julie N Ford


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