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The Nearness of You

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Hooper's Crossing, New York, 1952. The post-war boom seems a million miles away . . . especially for a sheltered librarian who longs for the adventure and excitement of the big city.

New York City. The hustle and bustle. The people and the excitement. It's all Lily Denton dreams about. But ever since her mother died, her overprotective father won't ease up on her. So she sp
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
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Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Bad boys. Why are they so tempting, so intriguing? Each generation of parents tend to forget the lesson 'the tighter you hold on, the more irresistible your kids will find the inappropriate'. Such is the case in Dorothy Garlock's The Nearness of You.
Set in the small town of Harpers Crossing, NY in 1952, Lily Denton longs for the excitement of NYC. Her overprotective father keeps her close however, holding tight after the death of her mother. Boone Tatum is a well traveled, accomplished photogr
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The main problem I had with this book were the 2017 values that were assigned to 1955 characters. Even when I was a young person in the seventies, the idea of living together was not seenas normal and I know it was totally disapproved of in my mother's time. So when these characters blithely begin living together in New York City without her very possessive father chasing after her, well, that just didn't ring true. But it's a bit of a lark to read, an escape romance with a bank heist thrown in ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3 Teacups/ 2 Handcuffs

- unsure how I feel about everyone having a POV

- almost quit a few times

- not convinced she'd give it up that easily to him either
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a really long time since I have had the chance to read a book by Dorothy Garlock. When I started reading , I quickly remembered why I loved her work. This is a wonderful story with characters that quickly became friends.

Lily Denton is a smart, strong, young lady that loves her father. She wants to make him proud. She lost her mother at a very young age. She has not had an easy life and she has always dreamt of living in the big city, New York City. Lily always tries to do the "right
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this book cover and thought the story had to be good so I didn't even bother reading the blurb. I'm pleased to say my gut feeling didn't let me down. The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock is the perfect beach read.

It's a lighthearted romance with a sprinkle here and there of suspense and action, that keeps the reader turning pages until the end.

The story starts in 1937 but it then fast-forwards to 1952, when Lily (the heroine) is all grown up and about to leave town with her
Barb Klein
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Dorothy Garlock’s books for years. Her latest are usually set in the 30’s or 40’s, which is my favorite time to read about. “The Nearness of You” will be published in July, 2017. This novel is set in 1937 in Hooper’s Crossing, Hew York during their famous Harvest Festival. Lily Denton is the overprotective mayor’s daughter and she really wants to get away from this little town. She plans on running away with her friend, Jane, but at the last minute gets cold feet and backs ou ...more
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Overall I enjoyed the story. I loved seeing Lily gather the courage to go after her dream. I loved Boone gain a new perspective and be brought down to earth but also fall in love. I enjoyed watching Lily’s dad see things through his daughter and loosen up at some point. I also really liked the mystery that was part of the Fall Festival. Seeing Boone help Lily gain strength and stand up for what she wants. he also helps keep her safe for she is in danger e
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Nearness of You by [Garlock, Dorothy]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Set in 1952, The Nearness of You is a post-war novel.Lily Denton longs to go to New York City, however, her father is protective of his girl and would like her nearby. She works in the library day-by-day. It seems her routine will never change. then The Fall Festival comes along with the tourists it brings and adventure.

Boone Tatum is a photographer who seems to attract trouble. He meets
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been long overdue since I have read anything from this author. I have not come across a book that I didn't like from this author. After reading this book, I can guarantee you that I won't let that happen again. Dorothy Garlock is in the same arena as Nicholas Sparks. There is so much life infused in the characters and the story.

I absolutely loved Lily. She had such a kind heart. You could feel the kindness oozing off the pages of this book. Originally, I feared that Boone would be too muc
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story flowed beautifully and was so well written, I couldn’t put it down. It has that easy, classic style which makes the book a winner.

It is set in Hooper’s Crossing, America in 1952, but honestly could be set any time and any place. The characters are really well rounded, they felt like friends. I really liked Lily; she is a librarian, quiet and slightly put upon, but with dreams of bigger things; I could really relate to her. The photographer, Boone
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Garlock at her best. love her.
Virginia C
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. It was entertaining. Small town girl meets big city boy!
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It is beautifully written and I was drawn into the story from the first chapter. This is the first book I have read by Dorothy Garlock and I’m excited to read more by this author.
C bond
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Loved the book. This is one of the authors I read when I first started reading romance novels years ago.
Sandra Pitaniello
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Dorothy Garlock is a new author for me and I look forward to reading more of her books. I loved her writing style. The story flows beautifully and her characters are not only well developed they are memorable. Once I started this book I could hardly put it down. The story highlights small towns everywhere. I found this story compelling, funny, serious, and overall delightful.

Hooper’s Crossing, New York, 1952.

Lily Denton has lived in Hooper’s Crossing all her life. She has worked at the library
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abby and her friend dream of living in New York City and leaving the little town of Hooper's Crossing, New York in 1952. A big festival is going on in town and a big-time photographer for Life magazine, Boone Tatum, comes to town to do a story. There are also two men who come to town, pretending to be tourists but really are planning a bank robbery. Their lives all collide in this realistic, historical romance about "small town U.S.A." I appreciated the nicely designed characters who could be an ...more
R A sex scene.

The characters are fun to follow around, but, truthfully, I had hoped that the setting of 1952 would at least have one of the main characters prefer waiting for the altar, for Pity's sake. Lily and Boone meet and are obviously attracted to one another right away (surprise, surprise) and within three days are "in love" with one another enough to jump in the sack. A fantasy that many chick lit readers like, I suppose, but it just annoyed me enough to not want to finish it. As someone
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet romance with a bit of a criminal twist. Set in the 1930's the backdrop for this novel is a small, adorable American town.

I liked this book right away, as with other Dorothy Garlock novels, this book is all about family connections and friendships aside from the main romance plot and the setting is so well described that you feel like you are right there with the characters.

This book has a lot going on in it besides the romance and I was particularly impressed with the way
Angela Brocato-Skaggs
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2017-netgalley
A thoroughly enjoyable book set in the 1930s and 1950s. Dorothy Garlock has a writing style that I can only describe as classical beauty. As the reader you fall into the story and become one with the characters.

The main character, Lily, finds herself at a crossroads in life. Should she stay in Hooper's Crossing and stay the librarian or move to NYC with her best friend? As she is making her decision she befriends a Life photographer during the famous fall festival and finds herself falling in l
Lizabeth Tucker
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
All Lily Denton wants is to explore the world, but her overprotective father and her guilty feelings about leaving him have her trapped in her small town. But when she meets photographer Boone Tatum, on reluctant assignment in Hooper's Crossing, Lily begins to blossom.

I've read Garlock in the past and usually enjoy her gentle romances. But this time I was vastly disappointed by the book. The narrative was plodding and simplistic, not gentle and loving. This isn't Garlock to me, more like a ghost
Claudia Cheyne
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This Dorothy Garlock book was somewhat disappointing compared to her Route 66 Series which I just finished reading. I liked the characters in this story. The plot seemed too contrived so everything went according to a plan that all worked out in the end. It supposedly took place in 1952. The epilogue has the two main characters living together in New York City - totally in love but not married. Her overprotective father is supposedly okay with that. I can't imagine that it was as acceptable to " ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow this was bad.

First off, I want to make it clear that I am not a picky reader. As of this writing, My book-rating average is 3.98 stars. So it’s rare that I find a book that I truly do not like. This is one of them.

The characters were flat. The heroine was a Mary Sue. After telling us how she isn’t as pretty as her friend who gets all the boys, every guy who shows up in this book falls in love at first sight with the heroine.

In the end I was sort of hoping the bad guy would kill the leading
Page Turners
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story had everything going on in it. Lily is the daughter of the town mayor that longs for adventures in the big city. Boone is the jaded news photographer uninterested in the small town until he sees Lily. There is romance and suspense thrown together and did I mention the bank robbers? This was a sweet story with a small town feel to it. The romance had a slow but steady build and I was mesmerized from the beginning. I recommend this book to everyone looking for a good, old-fashioned love ...more
This is the second book I read from this author. The first one was Homeplace and I really enjoyed. I liked The Nearness of You even better. I won my copy through Goodreads Giveaway. The characters were real and likable (well not all were likable). But the story kept me interested and made me want to read more of Dorothy Garlock's books.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A gentle read- thought that I would read some escapism reading material. A romance novel set in 1953 - a little unrealistic in some of the views of boyfriend/girlfriend relationships in that era. She has the setting of a small New England village down pat and I liked her main character of Lily as a librarian.
Janet Friesner
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Typical Dorothy Garlock. Story of a young woman living in a small town. I guess the part that caught my interest is the fact the heroine was born in 1931. The year I was born. Only difference in the story is it takes place in a small town and I grew up in a big city. Couldn't relate all the way, but it was easy reading. It is a love story.
Sharon Velin
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Found on the Lucky U shelf at the library. Hoping for a good read for a 4 hour flight ... unfortunately was disappointed. Style of writing was ok but storyline was so ordinary. Maybe I need to read some of her other books??!?
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Quick read. Girl's mother dies and father becomes a controlling father who controls her whole life. She is now 21 and nothing has changed. She is about to run away and changes her mind. That's when everything changes.

It was a fun, quick read. Such a timid, good girl. I liked her.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read

Sweet love story from a writer that never disappoints. I always get Dorothy Garlock novels as soon as they come out. Love the time frame set in the past. Sometimes getting a glimpse of history while getting a fantastic story.
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Dorothy Garlock was a best-selling American author of over 60 historical romance novels, most of them set in the American West. More than 20 million copies of her books are in print, in 18 languages. Her books have been on the New York Times best seller list seven times. She was named one of the 10 most popular writers of women's fiction four years in a row, from 1985-1988. In 1997, she was awarde ...more
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