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Always With You

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1977 is a glorious time to live in the beautiful wine country of Napa Sonoma and Cathy has everything she thought she wanted - from a thriving health food café to loyal friends.

Since the devastating failure of her short-lived marriage, Cathy has buried herself in her work and kept men at an arm’s length. But after Pam and Jamie arrive at Cathy’s door for a short stay, Cat
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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published February 12th 2014
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Carrie
This is the first book in this genre I have read in quite sometime now, to be honest I haven't been in a romance book mood lately. Other areas peaking my interest, that's not to say I'll scoff at them, many line my bookcase in my room.

Cathy has been through a lot and has come out strong for it, maybe a little too strong with a wall around heart. She runs a successful health restaurant/inn catering in organic and other health foods, some coming her very own garden. She's happy with her life, at l
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Silver_Neurotic
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Always With You bored me. I have spend a long time sitting here, trying to figure out a way to state that fact in a more...diplomatic way. But there is no other way to state it. This book was boring. It dragged on, for far too many pages (seriously, this SHOULD have been 150 pages top...instead of over 300). The characters were flat and unlikable. Oh sure, they were dressed up quite prettily...but absolutely no personality. No characterization. Flat. I got the vague sense that I was suppose to a ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
How do I possibly review this book that has so completely captured my heart. I will try to do it justice. What a wonderful story of undying love. I am still crying over the ending, you will have to read the book to find out why. Every fiber of my being felt the emotions in this book. I laughed, I cried and I got angry sometimes too. Sometimes life is not fair, but neither is love. This book is vividly descriptive and you will smell the flowers in the gardens, the food cooking in the kitchen and ...more
Jessica
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Hurst sucks you in and doesn't let go. The character build up is spectacular and the plot just draws you in while you are waiting to see what happens next. Not overly dramatized, Ms. Hurst captures the taboo subject matter in such a believable way and keeps you guessing until the very end. Wonderful wonderful book!!!
Cindy Ternes
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Katie
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a soulful romance that makes you consider the value of true love. The author uses wise references to pop culture to settle you into the warmth of Northern California of the late seventies/early eighties, taking you to a place where love can be complicated, beautiful, and wonderful.
Izabela Zalas
it is a love story, book for women. Well written, great romance with unexpecting ending. I couldn't put it down.
Amy Johnson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "Always With You" by Andrea Hurst. This is the first book I've read by this author, having recieved a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a slow burn for me - I wasn't sure I was connecting with the story and characters at first - but I found myself coming back for more and the next thing I knew - I couldn't put it down. I wanted to finish it to see how everything turned out in the end. I loved the ending, and all I'll say - is that the ending was well ...more
MaryRhonda
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional

Definitely not what I expected. Even though it was described as a bittersweet love story, I did not expect the ending. If I say anything about the story it will give it away. This story is so worth reading.
Marilyn Heyman
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ALWAYS WITH YOU by Andrea Hurst

Cathy’s old school chum comes to visit with her family while her husband looks for a job. Pam, Jamie, and their daughter seem happy although there are a few holes in their relationship. Cathy finds herself attracted to Jamie and he to her. She keeps reminding herself that he is married to her good friend, but he is just the kind of man that she always hoped to meet.

A very readable, interesting tale about friendship and love. Readers won’t be sure how this story wil
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Nenette
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very romantic...a story of love that cannot be, but with such fervor that even if decades passed, it found fruition at the end.

The author, in her fiction disclaimer, mentioned that the places described in Sonoma County were mostly real. With her words, she indeed painted a very beautiful place. I'd say that the idyllic setting made the story even more romantic.

True love at first sight, but Cathy and Jamie needed to suppress both their feelings to spare Pam and Amber, Jamie's wife and daughter, n
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Shannon
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another book I obtained for free from bookbub.com. It drew me in with the description and kept ahold of me the entire story. I thought it would be a classic 'sad woman meets man she can't have and doesn't know what to do' story but I was surprised. The author's descriptions of the settings and the characters - from the location of the house to the cafe where she works to the winery she visits and all the places in between - I feel as if I knew exactly where each setting was, what the characters ...more
Sheila Siler
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Torn by mixed emotions

A beautiful love story, and yet it's hard for me to accept. The story of the love between Jaime and Cathy is powerful and moving. And even though their love is forbidden, there is the hope they will do the right thing. This love story is complicated, but it was a good read overall. I was disappointed in places, but happy with the ultimate resolution.
Crystal
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book captured my interest immediately. This is the 2nd book by this author that I truthfully just love the read. This love story leaves you not being able to put the book down because you just want them to be together, even if it's not right!!
Kelly
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Always with You

What a truly amazing love story Always with You is. WOW. This book is fantastic. This is a must read. I seriously can not say enough about this book. I LOVED it!!! Easily five amazing stars.
Lisa Hudson
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
COMPLEX!

Andrea Hurst has delivered her readers a most complicated novel. It has a beautiful setting in the luscious Sonoma Valley in California. Her word pictures of the area will make you want to visit the area immediately! Her characters are a group of ordinary people that have been thrown together in unusual circumstances. Sometimes that ends up being an excellent thing. Sometimes that ends up being heartache for everyone. Such is the case here. When you take Cathy, the owner of a fantastic h
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Nancy
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Cathy lives in a small town in the Sonoma Valley running her health food cafe. Due to events happening in her past, she has closed off her heart and is hesitant to let anyone in. Her friend Pam from high school asks to stay with her while her husband looks for a job as a chef in the area. Pam arrives with her husband, Jamie and their daughter, Amber. As the days pass, Cathy finds herself drawn to Jamie. Knowing it is wrong, she is sad and frustrated that she finds love with someone that is not a ...more
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This was a beautiful love story! I enjoyed the way that the characters and their relationships were depicted in this novel. Cathy has spent years recovering from the effects of the end of her marriage when she was very young. She has built a new life that includes wonderful friends and a successful business. One day, her old high school friend Pam brings her husband, Jamie, and their daughter to come stay with Cathy for awhile. There is an immediate attraction between Cathy and Jamie. They strug ...more
Judy
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a love story that may not end the way you think it will. It’s amazing to me how some people pretend to be your friend, but let’s face it they are just using you for their own purposes. It’s also amazing to me how much is hidden behind closed doors. I really liked Cathy and her work crew. They are people that would stick with you. Not sure I would like the food served at her café, seemed awfully healthy to me. I loved the area the story was set in and could see myself enjoying the country ...more
Maggie Ostrowski
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always with You dealt with realistic issues that faced Cathy when she falls in love with a married man. She didn't plan on it, it just happened. She felt as if she had met her soulmate, Jamie, and was immediately drawn to him. He was drawn to her in the same way, and felt that she was his soulmate. And then Cathy finds out that Jamie is her friend's husband. The situation is exacerbated when Jamie, his wife Pam, and their daughter come to stay with Cathy while Jamie looks for a job. Jamie is an ...more
Caroline
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Noreen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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A complicated and forbidden romance. I wondered why Pam called Cathy after so many years to ask to stay with her while Jamie interviewed for jobs. Was it to show Cathy that she finally had what she always wanted and what Cathy didn't have? I have mixed feelings about the ending though. If you always put yourself second will you ever be happy?
Paulette
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True love can always be with you.

A strong woman with a business that she loved, but with a heart locked against love. That is until the husband of a friend walked into her life. They shared so much, falling in love with him was easy. Did she really have to let him go? Was there a way to always keep him with her? This was a book I truly enjoyed reading.
Melanie Melancon
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
More, more, I want more

This story was one of love, dedication, responsibility, and finally acceptance. Only Ms. Hurst can introduce characters that come alive from page one. She has done it in spades in this standalone novel of the Pacific northwest. Grab a copy and settle in during a snowstorm for some pure enjoyment.
Sylvia Terino
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful

I can't say enough. This book was about love, endurance, family and making choices. The right choices. Would have liked to see Jamie and Cat have more of a life together. Happy ending.
Geneva Stokes
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
It was just "o.k." Plenty of 70's atmosphere , love the scenery description. But got lost somewhere,
no history of Alan, or Annie's adoption. I was just thrown out there.
I loved Andrea's Madrona Island trilogy.
Jan Crossen
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A contemporary story about tantalizing love and fabulous food! It tells of the power of love, the complexity of relationships, and what might happen if you do the right thing. As is the case with her other books, Andrea Hurst, delivers a very enjoyable book.
Kim Kight
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely Recommend

This was my first book by Andrea Hurst, but will not be my last. A great book and easy to read.
Diane
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-author, read-2018
Somewhat bittersweet, Always With You will grab your heart right from the start and squeeze it till the very last page. Life choices are never easy and one will always wonder.....what if?
Melissa Henderson
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emotional, heart wrenching story of love lost and love found. Be sure to have the tissues ready.
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When not visiting local farmer's markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in Creative Writing at the Northwest Institute o ...more
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