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North to You

(Journey to the Heart #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  113 reviews
In this warmhearted and charming debut from Tif Marcelo, a food truck chef and her long lost Army love clash when they cross paths in San Francisco.

Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage,
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published June 5th 2017 by Pocket Star
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 stars!

Review, Excerpt, Author Interview, and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.

North to You is a sweet story of food, love, family, and second chances that will touch your heart and make your mouth water.

Ten years after she moved out of town with her sister, Camille Marino is back in the Bay Area with a food truck that is slowly building their reputation and gaining loyal customers. While she and her best friend, Jaz, are scoping out the competition at the local food festival, Camille bumps into
Kate (GirlReading)
I LOVED this!!

North to You is a foodie, romantic, second chance novel that had me hooked from the first page. With quotes from Paul Hollywood, a main character who watches Heart of Dixie (which one of my favourite shows but painfully underrated, so this was hugely appreciated!) and It was almost impossible for me not to fall for this book.

There were romantic, platonic, business and family relationships present and I loved reading about each of them and their different dynamics. I
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Original review: The Daydreaming Bookworm

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*4.5 Stars!*

While scoping out the food truck competition at a local festival, Camille Marino finds her way back into the arms of her high school love, Andrew Bautista. It’s been ten years since these two last saw each other and so much has changed. Camille is now an ambitious food truck owner who dreams of making it big and Andrew is a soldier who has returned
In the cut-throat world of street food, it's not just about serving great food, it's also about having a great spot, loyal customers and impressing the food critics. Camille owns Luciana's, a popular but not famous food truck in the Bay Area of San Francisco.

She has loyal customers, a good spot and it's only a matter of time before the critics start to pay attention. Then she refuses to serve a rowdy customer who just so happens to be a local sporting hero and overnight she finds herself no lon
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Favorite Quote: "I don't think I can be a gentleman for much longer." I suck in a breath as her hands come forward to the buckle of my belt.

"I don't think I asked you to be one." She jerks me closer.

Debut author? Check. A heroine who owns a food truck? Check. A hero who is a super good guy and gets a second chance at wooing his girl? CHECK.

Drew is in the army but home on leave for a few weeks in his home town of San Francisco. His parents, from the Philippines, own a Filipino restaurant called
Never have I ever read a romance novel where the protagonist’s Big Secret is that she owns a food truck. First time for everything, right?

North to You is a breezy foodie romance starring a food truck owner in San Francisco and an Army lieutenant who’s in town to help renovate his family’s Filipino restaurant. I loved the premise of this novel, and I can firmly attest that Tif Marcelo has a definite love of food that adds so much to this book’s narrative. However, I can also say that this book re
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Well, this book was charming, and sweet and so very endearing! I owe Ari big time for introducing me to North To You, a foodie romance debut that swept me off my feet. It’s not always that I encounter a debut novel that immediately makes me fall in love with the author’s writing, and turn me into a life-long fan, but Tif Marcelo’s North To You did exactly that for me.

This is a book that has a lot of heart to it, and it’s all thanks to the lovable characters. These are characters that are built u
Olivia Chanel's Stories in Space
I'm pretty sure this is one of the best romance novels I've ever read. I'm so in love with Drew and Cami and North to You took my breath away. I'll write a review but to summarize, just wow if you want a really amazing romance then you need to read this one. TRUST ME ON THIS, NORTH TO YOU WILL NOT DISAPPOINT IN ANYWAY. IT IS AMAZING. ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
NORTH TO YOU is the kind of read that left me feeling happy, all those warm fuzzies crowding in my chest. While I do wish that there had been a little more buildup and tension between the couple, it was still great! Loved the foodie aspect to the story, and all the Filipino references made my heart happy too.
Oct 03, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017-releases
Really cute! Excited to check out the rest of the series.
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I enjoyed North to You so very much! It was so sweet and swoony and I loved the family dynamic on both Camille and Drew's sides. It was such a great read. I'm gonna go on record here and say there need to be more romances that feature food truck owners. This is the second I've read in the last month or so and I loved them both. Both were also from new-to-me authors — and in this case, a debut author! 

So, food truck aside... y'all know I love my
Wit & Wonder Books
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

North to You by Tif Marcelo is a sweet and enduring second chance romance with a happily ever after set in the bay area of San Francisco. This debut novel is fresh and original which was great to read since you normally don't come across tales like this normally in the romance genre.

Camille "Cam" is the owner of Lucianna, a food truck that she prides herself on. She is very focused on her career, the succe
Laura Brown
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
North to You was my first book by Tif Marcelo and it won't be my last. I love reading diverse stories; books that feature people, places, and careers different from me. On this front, North to Your hit all the marks. It's so refreshing to read something different, and I fell in love with Camille and Drew. A classic second chance romance, with a time limit due to Drew being in the army. I loved the food aspect of the book and am still swooning over the ending! The only drawback for me was the lie ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute. Light. Fluffy. Super cheesy at times.
Don't read on an empty stomach. So much food.
Tracie R
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
North to You is a lovely debut for author Tif Marcelo. I really enjoyed reading this story, the characters were great and the storyline sweet and endearing. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Definitely check out North to You if you are a lover of foodie romances, because the heroine owns a food truck and the hero's family owns a Filipino restaurant. They both are at odds, his family and the heroine, because her food truck is in front of their restaurant so the clients gravitate towards her food instead of his family's restaurant, so his dad declares she is enemy numero uno.

It's also a second chance romance book because Camille and Drew knew each other in high school and had this cut
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
My heart was warmed and lightened by this beautiful romance that held my emotions. This romance was a second chance to make all their dreams come true except on things stood in their way. Family. Sometimes family has a way of making your life more complicated than it ought to be. I found a unique spin on the romance of chef (food truck) and a soldier soon to be deployed. I loved their chemistry. I loved how hey interacted with each other. I found that this was more than I initially bargained for ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of the rare incredibly fast romances that I liked! (I suppose it's not actually that rare, but it feels that way. Or like I'm usually a lot more grudging about it than I was here.) The hero/heroine DID occasionally wear their stupid pants and not actually talk to each other, but I mostly got their reactions and that's really all I want.

I'm not sure I buy meatball panini being a thing to stake a food truck on, but hey, I am willing to try one if they actually exist. Food romance is su
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Recommended by Nick! Super super sweet, and I loveee all the Filipino foods that were covered. :D Can't wait for the sequel!
Kris Mauna
"If this is the woman you are choosing to cook for, then you have to make her food that says something about you. Something about your life. Make something that will tell her where you came from. And you come from us, iho, from a country of over seven thousand islands."

This book was deliciously sexy, fun, and romantic!
Camille is the proud owner of a food truck, and she works hard to make her dreams come true while trying to support her little sister. She's such a driven and inspiring charact
Richard Knight
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I shouldn't like this, but I do!

Let me start this off by saying I am not this book's target audience. Hello, male in his 30s, likes Rambo, wrestling, and dinosaurs. I'd probably be the least likely person to enjoy this book. But I do! I love the setting, I love the conflict (there's actually a really great internal conflict nestled in here about a son wanting to live up to their father's expectations but also live their life), and I love the diversity. You never read about Filipino characters an
Sarah Smith
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet and heartfelt romance! Cami and Drew were the sweetest couple--love second chance romances where the main characters fall in love as teens, but then reconnect as adults when they're more confident and less awkward haha. And I absolutely love that this book has a Filipino MC. As someone who is half-Filipino, it was a struggle to find characters with the same background as me in books. I loved reading about Drew's family dynamics and the stress of running a family business, h ...more
Sep 17, 2017 marked it as nope-to-this-author
Shelves: dnf
Our two protagonists meet again due to a man creeping on one of them and actively scaring her enough that she's willing to kiss a random guy to get help from him.

Let's break this down. There is a big, intimidating, drunk man who scares the shit out of our main character and makes her worry about both her and her younger sister's safety. So she slams her foot down on his foot and tries to get away, bumps into our love interest and asks him to help her.
...and here is where having both char
4.5 stars – Rounded

A wonderfully rich second chance romance with a foodie theme, Tif Marcelo brings us the story of Camille and Drew, some years after their first romance soured. Having had a restaurant that was on the edge of being the next big thing, refusing to serve one rowdy but well-known favorite sport hero left Camille with few options and a need to leave. Picking up her life with a busy and well-regarded food truck, she’s managing her work and her younger sister that she cares for, and
N.G.Peltier N.G.Peltier
finally finallyyyy read this and i just loved it so much. And was so hungry reading this. I always seem to never have any food when reading a foodie book >.> i need to fix that lol.

This is a second chance romance and we got a little oh no my family business is in competition with yours and i have feeliiiings oh nooo. I really loved Drew and Cami together. loved their voices. Drew is such a sweetie. i really liked him.

I love how much this book was also about family and not just about Drew and C
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
North to You is everything I love in a romance! I adored this book. From the San Francisco setting, the food truck and delicious descriptions, to the Filippino Army hottie on leave, I ate up every word. The story takes the 'reunited lovers' trope (they knew each other in high school) and takes it so many fresh directions. Several times, the story made great choices that felt natural to the characters rather than an expected or assumed trope. The writing here is excellent. I enjoyed the supportin ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
North To You is a sweet second chance romance which happens to have my second most favorite thing in the world as plot device, food! This is also happens to be a debut novel from Tif Marcelo and it was really good one, well written, smooth plot and very likable characters. Camille and Drew's romance is feel good with a lot of the usual romantic tropes in play but still makes it all a little bit fresh.

*ARC provided thru NetGalley*
Okay, so I didn't love this one for a multitude of reasons, centering around the fact that it took way too long to get to the conflict (imo) and then I thought the conflict was a little ridiculous and the ensuing fight was dumb. But I dislike miscommunication as a conflict device because OMG JUST TALK ABOUT IT. So. That's why this book didn't work for me. That said, I am SO EXCITED for the second book because Bryn is my fave. So I'm definitely picking that one up soon. ...more
Dawn Poss
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel is amazing! I could not put it down! I needed to know what was next with Camille and Drew. I especially loved the alternating voices and perspectives. Drew's chapters read like a male wrote them, not a female trying to sound male. Good balance of romance and steam! Bravo! Looking forward to the next installment (and trying out the recipe!) ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was cute but very slow. I was excited to read a book about San Francisco because we lived there for a few years. I wanted to love it, but it was meh...It was a little too sweet for my taste.
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Tif Marcelo is a veteran army nurse and holds a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in public administration. She believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She hosts Stories to Love Podcast, and she is also the author of Once Upon a Sunset, The Key to Happily Ever After, an ...more

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