Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Loving David

By Kathryn Hamilton

**Giveaway is now closed**

There is so much to love about “Loving David.”

Charlotte Taylor is a 40-something divorcee/widow romance writer. David King is a hotter than hot movie star with a sexy British accent just barely into his 30s (I think of Jake Gyllenhaal or Ryan Gosling if they were British). Their two worlds collide when Charlotte is on her way to an annual writer’s retreat and unknowingly ends up with David as a hidden passenger when he tries to escape the paparazzi. In the isolation of the retreat, sparks fly between Charlotte and David, despite Charlotte’s reservations. Can their relationship survive the real/Hollywood world and the resurgence of David’s ex?

Gina Hummer is a former actress-turned family woman-turned writer who brings us the glorious debut novel “Loving David.” As soon as readers set their eyes on the cover with its picturesque lake sparkling in the sunshine surrounded by lush green forestation (a key setting throughout the novel), they are sure to be drawn into what promises to be a splendid love story. Although Ms. Hummer is like an artist with her descriptions of the physical surroundings, I still found myself picturing that the story takes place in England, not California (I’m sure this is more due to reading several novels lately that have had an English setting and not anything the author has/has not done). Strangely enough, for some reason, I also kept thinking that Charlotte is in her 30s and I’m not sure what contributed to that; she is certainly not immature by any means. I believe that Ms. Hummer has simply created a character that readers can relate to and for me that is someone in my age bracket. Ms. Hummer brings humanity and realism to all her characters. Even Olivia, who could easily be made into an over-the-top villain, is shown to be a flawed individual who has insight into her actions. At times I wondered if perhaps Charlotte just had that ability some people do to bring out the positive aspects in others. Readers will instantly adore Charlotte and David and root for them to have a successful relationship. David is every woman’s dream come true: Sexy, famous star that has a heart of gold and seems relatively unaffected by Hollywood. Charlotte is an every-woman, and while she has been affected by heartbreak and tragedy, she never dwells on this. I simply enjoyed reading their story and getting to know them. The supporting characters are also fantastic, and if you’re like me, you’ll find particular enjoyment in Emma, the feisty octogenarian who reminds me of a fictional Betty White. Charlotte’s relationship with these various women is an excellent demonstration of why friendships are so vital in our lives; they support us and challenge us when needed, and strong friendships, while tested during a disagreement, cannot be broken.

There is nothing I can honestly say that I did not like about this novel, except that it ended. I did have a small bone of contention with the ending, but do not want to give anything away, so I’ll keep it to myself. Once you’ve given it a read, give me a shout and we can discuss. I will say this though, I haven’t had a novel bring out the emotions like this one did in a long time.

With its raunchy and descriptive love scenes and fantasy-affirming storyline of ordinary woman meets Hollywood star, in one aspect the best way to describe this novel is to say that it is Harlequin romance meets chick lit. This label does not do this novel justice. Above all else, this story is about the power of love and the exquisite beauty that comes with discovering the one love you were destined to find and whether or not love is enough.

Thanks to Smith Publicity for the book in exchange for an honest review. And thanks to Gina Hummer for offering signed copies of "Loving David" to THREE lucky readers in the US or Canada.

How to win "Loving David":
Please tell us: What is your biggest fantasy involving a celebrity? (Keep it PG rated.)

One entry per person.

Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win.

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends September 3rd at midnight EST.

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DD said...

My fantasy is to unknowingly meet a celebrity, fall in love with the real person, only to find out of their fame later on, yet still find a way to fit in and make it work.

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Linda Kish said...

I don't really have fantasies about celebs but I always adored Harrison Ford. I was lucky to have a plumber that looked just like him back in the early 70s. That created some interesting dreams but I don't remember them now and I don't think they would be PG.

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Jessica said...

My fantasy is to go out to lunch or dinner with Regis Philbin.

-Jessica M

susieqlaw said...

My fantasy is for a celebrity who owns a private tropical island to host me there for the rest of my life!

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Cyndee said...

I have a fan crush on Bobby Flay. I fantasy is to have private cooking lessons and travel with him on a personal guide to his restaurants! Of course since its my weight gain from the wonderful food(s).
Cyndee Thomas

Nova said...

I have a big fan crush on "The Rock " Dwayne Johnson! I would so love to meet him and get the biggest hug ever! My daughter would be SO jealous ... :)
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bn100 said...

For Bobby Flay to cook me a meal.


Unknown said...

I keep thinking that Jon Bon Jovi will come to town, see me in the audience, fall madly in love with me and we live happily ever after. Only problem, we're both already happily I guess it'll always be a fantasy!


Rita Wray said...

I would love to have dinner with Josh Holloway from the TV show LOST.

Krystal Lynn said...

I just want to meet Jimmy Fallon! I don't care how! And I would love to meet Josh Groban, Johnny Depp and Mathew Gray Gubler.

I met one of the NSYNC members and one of my favorite American Idol contestants, so maybe someday I'll meet more of my favorites. It can happen!


Anonymous said...

I'd love to hang out with Larry David...he is hilarious!


pennelope merriweather said...

My fantasy would be to meet David Letterman for lunch..!!

Rita M said...

As a teen my fantasies centered around musicians - the Beatles, Herman's Hermits, pretty much the whole British Invasion, now, as an adult the whole celebrity thing has no allure whatsoever!

Rita M said...


StereoQueenBee said...

Channing Tatum is in Montreal filming a movie right now. I keep hoping I'll bump into him and take a picture with him with my baby bump.

Jeryl M.q said...

I would have loved to have met Patrick Swayze. I met Kelly Bishop who played the Mom in Dirty Dancing, and she said he was just as nice in real life as he seemed. Now, I don't really have a fantasy about a celebrity that I can think of.

Unknown said...

I have a different kind of fantasy than the ones listed: I would love to be bffs with someone like Jennifer Aniston, so that I could borrow her clothes! :)

Melissa said... chose from all entries with contact info (one per person):
DD, susieqlaw and Rita M!

Thanks to everyone for participating and to Gina Hummer for sharing her book with our winners.

DD said...

So I FINALLY was able to read this great book. Why did I wait so long??? I haven never cried so hard after a book as I did after reading this one. I loved it and I hated it. The story line was a dream. The ending? Nightmare! I know it had to end, but was not bracing myself for that one. I'm still trying to recover.