North to You (The Journey to the Heart Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, 21 April 2020
|New from||Used from|
|Audio CD, Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged||
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 109413130X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094131306
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged Edition (21 April 2020)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"Wonderful...A perfect sweet, swoony romance with a bit of forbidden love."-- "Sidney Halston, author of Kiss Marry Kill"
About the Author
Tif Marcelo believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A craft enthusiast and food-lover, Tif is a veteran army nurse and holds a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of public administration, and is inspired daily by her own military hero and four children.
Review this product
Top review from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
What an astounding and completely spell-binding read Ms. Marcelo has penned in this first book of her Journey to the Heart series, which encompasses the second chance romance trope, wonderful characters that have some tough obstacles to overcome and dialogue that had me hooked due to the restaurant wars type storyline that sees the heroine's feisty temper come to the forefront. Seriously, that saying of the customer is always right isn't always true, especially when they can't show a lick of respect for the person serving them.
The way this story started had me liking the heroine immediately, as she needs to let her hair down -- so to speak -- and have a good time. But it's hard for her to do when she's the guardian of her sister and the owner of a food truck that has to compete for the right location. Will she find the perfect spot? What competition will she have if she does? How much grief will she cop from businesses where she parks her food truck?
The dialogue was well-written and in the first person, which usually bothers me, but I found myself liking it. Because the words flowed really well and the storyline was more than enough to keep me entertained. So much so that I found myself not caring that it was in the first person. The dialogue was also a nice mix of intense moments and playful banter and I loved every moment Drew and Camille interacted, as she did her best to keep from getting too involved with the hero. How long will she be able to resist him for?
Both the hero and heroine were riveting characters and had me hooked due to their back stories, especially that of the hero. He went completely against what his parents wanted him to do for his future, and it's hard for him to be around his father because it seems the man is disappointed in him. However, in saying that, I liked that Drew was willing to help his family out the way he does, because he knows he needs to try and repair the relationship between them. But what I liked most of all about the hero is how far he was willing to go to protect Camille when it came to her business. No way could he lose her after having her back in his life again.
While the heroine, she goes through a lot in this story and has a few tough obstacles to overcome such as the possibility of losing her food truck, whether she can scrap together the money to pay for her sister's tuition, and what happens towards the end that tears apart her and Drew's relationship. Will Camille be able to forgive him? Moreover, she's strong, brave and I liked her fiery side when she's determined to stand up for what's right when it comes to people acting like jerks.
Finally, this story was a delightful read where the strong chemistry between Drew and Camille makes for entertaining reading and a story that I could not put down. The way this story ended was perfect, as Camille is determined to make things right with Drew. Especially since there's no way she can let him put so much distance between them without resolving what went wrong in their relationship and making him realize that she wants a future with him. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because of what's happened with Camille's business, the surprise Drew has for the heroine and how someone is determined to make things up to Camille after what they did. I would highly recommend North to You by Tif Marcelo, if you enjoy second chance romances.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is about the romance and the food. Those are the central points for me. I really liked that this was a second chance romance but also a kind of enemies to lovers romance as they were on opposite sides without even realising. It was different and fun and the characters were utterly charming.
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 her childhood crush, Andrew Bautista.
Andrew Bautista is in town for a month to mend things with his father before he leaves for his deployment in Iraq. Instead of a month to relax and catch up with his family, he is dragged in to help renovate the family restaurant and be there for the grand reopening. Things are still testy between father and son, and when a food truck parks in front of their restaurant, Drew has no choice but to help his father crush the competition.
It’s a pleasant surprise when he finds Camille in his arms, but he sees it as an opportunity to catch up with his high school sweetheart and spend time with her again. When he finds out that the competition is none other than Camille, he’s going to have to choose between her or his family.
This book made me giggle like a schoolgirl. Seriously, you guys. Drew and Camille’s romance is so sweet! These two have history and a connection that never really went away. I had so much kilig while reading each interaction between them. Drew was persistent in his pursuit, but he was always the perfect gentleman, and ugh honestly, it made me gush and swoon.
All of the characters were likable, Drew and Camille especially. They both have crosses to bear, but they’re strong and determined to succeed in their endeavors.
Camille is kind, mature, and reliable, but Jaz and her sister both agree she needs to let go. After their parents died and their nonna a few years later, Camille took the role of parent/guardian to Ally. With responsibilities all around her, she never really had time or energy to “let go”. It was nice and sweet to see her finally relax with Drew.
I have so much love for Drew. I related so much to him, with his relationship with his family and his reasons for leaving the nest. He’s also sweet, funny, and affectionate. Plus he’s such a gentleman!
Ms. Marcelo was able to portray such a genuine depiction of a Filipino family—strict and overbearing but well-meaning and caring parents, and close ties with immediate and extended family. Despite the close relationship between family members, sometimes feelings and emotions aren’t the easiest of subjects. It’s why the scene between Drew and his father made me tear up. Those emotional confrontations don’t usually happen, so when they do, it opens up the flood gates.
Food, family, and love. Those three always go hand in hand in a typical Filipino family dynamic. You can’t have one without the other.
My high rating did not come from my bias towards the Filipino aspect of the story, although it’s what peaked my interest. North to You had the perfect mix of the light and fluffy, and the heavy and steamy. The food—Italian and Filipino—made my stomach rumble. And the ending left me happy and satisfied.
North to You is the first standalone in the Journey to the Heart series and is told in alternating POVs. Foodies and romance lovers will definitely enjoy this fresh, light, and heartwarming story.
And just an FYI: the rough translation of kilig is *feels*.
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 reads like a debut novel—it needs some polish and some help straightening out the kinks.
For one thing, this is supposed to be a second chance romance. Camille and Drew were together for a few weeks in high school, until Camille’s parents suddenly died and she moved in with her grandmother. They never saw or heard from each other again. Marcelo kinds of mentions this prior relationship, but never does anything with it. There are no residual feelings or traumas to be sorted through on the part of either protagonist, so for all intents and purposes, the “second chance at love” trope is completely wasted here. There is nothing in the way the romance progresses in NORTH TO YOU that would have been different if Cami and Drew had just met each other for the first time in their mid-twenties.
And I guess that’s a good segue into the major problem with this novel overall: not enough depth of characterization. I’m not asking for angst or navel-gazing, but the focus of a romance novel should always be on the characters and their interactions with one another. Some outside conflict is good (probably preferred), of course, but the author should never sacrifice character development on the altar of an exciting plot. Which is exactly what Tif Marcelo does here.
The story goes like this. Cami and Drew meet at a food truck festival in San Francisco. They realize they know each other and reconnect. Over a series of a couple dates and some super-cute emails, they fall in love. Except (for some inexplicable reason), Cami has never told Drew what she does for a living: she owns a food truck that specializes in paninis and homemade baked goods. There’s a strange amount of angst about telling him the truth, and it all kind of gears up to a seemingly overblown confession that would have been more appropriate if Cami had an undisclosed STI, a secret love-child, or was on the run from a serial killer. Up until the halfway point, it really does seem like the author is just manufacturing conflict unnecessarily.
But then Cami tells Drew about her food truck, and all hell breaks loose. It turns out Drew’s dad has a vendetta against food trucks, and is salty that Cami’s food truck has been “stealing” their customers. Drew’s dad then files an appeal with the city to create a radius around their restaurant, prohibiting Cami from parking within one block of the restaurant. Meanwhile, there’s a vicious social media war waging between Cami and whichever one of Drew’s cousins is running the restaurant’s Twitter account. Some pretty gnarly stuff, as you can see. Drew, obviously, is caught in the middle, and decides not to let his girlfriend know that the restaurant she’s currently feuding with is owned by his family. Smart move, genius.
So that’s the plot of NORTH TO YOU in a nutshell. But do you notice something? All of the conflict in this romance is completely separate and unrelated to the developing relationship between the protagonists. In fact, for the second half of the novel, there was no character growth or exploration of their connection whatsoever. The drama surrounding the food truck and the restaurant consumed and overpowered what was supposed to be the main draw of the book: the romance.
NORTH TO YOU gets the foodie aspect right, but drops the ball on developing a strong, believable romantic connection.