Friday, September 11, 2015

#30 Authors Day 11: Mary Kubica recommends Come Away With Me by Karma Brown

I'm so excited to be participating in this year's #30Authors event. I have the lovely Mary Kubica here to discuss Karma Brown's debut novel, Come Away With Me. I actually just read this book myself and loved it. I'm so glad Mary is reviewing this book here today!  And don't forget to check out the amazing giveaway below as well. But first, here's a little bit about the #30Authors event itself:

#30Authors is an annual event connecting readers, authors, and bloggers. Throughout the month of September, 30 authors review their favorite books on 30 blogs in 30 days. The event has been met with incredible support from and success within the literary community. In the six months following the event’s inaugural launch, the concept was published as an anthology by Velvet Morning Press (Legacy: An Anthology). Started by The Book Wheel, #30Authors remains active throughout the year and you can join in the fun by following along on Twitter at @30Authors, using the hashtag, #30Authors, or purchasing the anthology. To learn more about the event and to see the full schedule, please click here.

Mary Kubica's review of Come Away With Me by Karma Brown

At the onset of Karma Brown's dazzling debut novel COME AWAY WITH ME, the marriage of Gabe and Tegan Lawson is rattled by tragedy. In the wake of loss, Tegan is overcome with grief and anger - an anger that is directed at her husband, Gabe, for allowing this tragedy and all of its heartbreaking aftereffects to happen. There is also guilt; Tegan knows she, too, is to blame for her and Gabe's loss. In the weeks and months to come, Tegan spirals slowly downhill, losing faith in her marriage and herself. She's overpowered by these emotions - by the anger, the grief and the guilt - and isn't quite sure she can go on. Not until Gabe unearths a Jar of Spontaneity from the early days of their relationship, in a last ditch attempt to pull Tegan from the brink of depression and reclaim the once happy days of their lives and marriage.

With the help of their Jar of Spontaneity, Gabe and Tegan embark on a worldwide adventure that brings them from Thailand to Italy and finally to Hawaii, as Tegan sets off on her own path to healing. It's here that Karma Brown dazzles as an author, creating these sumptuous landscapes that completely transport the reader from the United States to Asia to Europe and back again, submerging us in the culture and the scenery of these lush locales. The characters are completely genuine, and their relationship and dialogue as real as it comes. Tegan's road to recovery is heartbreaking and hard-won, and as she begins to mend, the reader is offered a glimpse into Tegan and Gabe's life before loss, when they were completely and utterly happy, and head-over-heels in love. There is quite a divergence between the lives of Gabe and Tegan before and after the tragedy, and as I watched their adventure unfold, I found myself hoping against all odds that they could find a way to recoup what was lost, and return to the loving couple they once were.

But there's a twist. COME AWAY WITH ME ends with one of those paramount finales that made me want to flip immediately back to page one and start all over again. As someone who prides herself on figuring out surprise endings, I'll gladly admit: I was completely blindsided, which made me admire Karma Brown's abilities all the more. Her writing is luscious and beautiful, and COME AWAY WITH ME is one of those exceptional storylines that will stick with you for a long, long time. A must read from a talented new author.


About Mary Kubica
Mary Kubica is the author of two novels, including PRETTY BABY (2015) and THE GOOD GIRL (2014), which is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature, and lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children. Mary enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Author Links:
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About Karma Brown
Karma Brown is a National Magazine Award winning freelance writer and journalist, and a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She lives just outside Toronto with her family and writes powerfully emotional upmarket women’s fiction, in the vein of Me Before You. COME AWAY WITH ME is her first novel.

Author Links:
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Purchase Links for COME AWAY WITH ME:
Barnes & Noble

Thank you Mary for sharing your review of Karma's book with us. And a huge shout out to Allison over at The Book Wheel for putting this event together - I've already added quite a few books to my ever-growing TBR list!





  1. What a great idea. Haven't heard of #30 authors, must check it out. Come Away With Me sounds like a very good read with a twist at the end.

  2. I want to read Come Away With Me! And I'm very curious about the ending. Yay!

  3. I'm so curious about the twist! Wonderful post and review.

  4. Thanks for this contribution to #30Authors. Great write-up.

  5. Book most looking forward to winning? Tough one. Black River or The Bookseller or The Shore. Tough!!! Thanks for opportunity to win!

    1. I haven't read Bookseller yet but the other two are fabulous!

  6. I love that you just read this book because I had no idea! It's been getting a lot of positive buzz on Twitter so I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for participating!


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