Heidi R. Kling
5 ★ – WONDERFULLY AFFECTING AND EXCRUCIATINGLY BEAUTIFUL
PUBLISHED BY ENTANGLED TEEN DECEMBER 4, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
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After her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.
Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend the summer with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.
The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn’t anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be… and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.
A woman he wants for his own.
But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.
Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.
This book is one of my Top Ten Favorite Reads in 2017 and it’s no surprise that it would be from Entangled Teen. I’ve been slightly obsessed with Entangled Teen (Crush) books and have enjoyed/loved all the ones I’ve read so far. BUT this…THIS IS DEFINITELY WITHOUT A DOUBT MY FAVORITE!! I LOVEEEE THIS STORY SO MUCH IT HURTS!
Where I Found You by Heidi R. Kling is absolutely heartbreaking, wonderfully affecting, and so excruciatingly beautiful in every way.
After Sienna lost her mother from a tragic plane accident, she gave up everything she loved to do. She stopped surfing, swimming, and being carefree. When her father surprises her with a chance to travel with his humanitarian group, Team Hope, and spend the summer in Indonesia helping children orphaned after a devastating tsunami, Sienna didn’t expect to find solace, kindness and hope. Let alone fall in love with the mysterious and devastatingly alluring Deni.
This book gracefully captured my heart and touched my soul. The writing is poignant, heartfelt, and so incredibly gorgeous. The story fascinated me throughout the entire time and I honestly could not stop reading. I absolutely love stories that make me FEEL so much and leave me wanting more. The sweet moments between Sienna and the orphans were absolutely delightful and endearing. This book is just so beautiful and real and I loved every moment! The ending surprised me though – I certainly wasn’t expecting what happened. I felt heartbroken, but at the same time not. It was extremely emotional and so real and that’s what I loved about it. That being said, I’m so glad the story isn’t over just yet. Because after that intense wave of FEELS… I need more Sienna and Deni.
The characters were all really great. I completely adore Sienna and Deni. They’re fantastic characters – genuine, vulnerable, relatable, and utterly lovable. I really enjoyed getting to know them and watching their friendship bloom into something more. Their chemistry was just so amazing. Every scene they had made my heart melt. I could feel their emotions, their attraction, their longing, and I loved it! I was definitely swooning the entire time and rooting for them.
Aside from the sweet romance, you also get a glimpse of how difficult life is for the orphaned children. Their lives made me appreciate and be grateful for what I have because even with what little they have and their harsh realities, these children still smiled and laughed. They still hoped and even saw the beauty in life. That was definitely heartwarming and so moving to read about.
Where I Found You is such a beautiful story about hope, forgiveness, falling in love, and living life to the fullest. It’s sweet, healing, fascinating, and inspirational from beginning to end. I am so in love with this book and absolutely cannot wait for the sequel.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Heidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.
Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year,” an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker,” Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and is set to relaunch with Entangled Teen December 4 as WHERE I FOUND YOU (Sea series #1) with its sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME out April, 2018!
After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.
She’s also the author of the acclaimed PAINT MY BODY RED (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy NOT OKAY, CUPID and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.
Please visit her on twitter (Heidi R. Kling) where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love and travel. She’s very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!
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