Thursday, July 25, 2013

TLC Book Tours Review and Giveaway: The Exiles by Allison Lynn

Title: The Exiles
Author: Allison Lynn
Format: ARC
Publisher: New Harvest
Publish Date: July 2, 2013
Source: TLC Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a fiction fan.
  • You don't mind a somber read.
What's the Story?:

From "A couple escaping the opulent lifestyle of Manhattan’s Upper East Side move to Newport, Rhode Island, only to be confronted by the trappings of the life they tried to leave behind.

Nate, a midlevel Wall Streeter, and his longtime girlfriend Emily are effectively evicted from New York City when they find they can no longer afford their apartment. An out presents itself in the form of a job offer for Nate in Newport—complete with a bucolic, small, and comparatively affordable new house. Eager to start fresh, they flee city life with their worldly goods packed tightly in their Jeep Cherokee. Yet within minutes of arriving in Rhode Island, their car and belongings are stolen, and they're left with nothing but the keys to an empty house and their bawling 10-month-old son.

Over the three-day weekend that follows, as Emily and Nate watch their meager pile of cash dwindle and tensions increase, the secrets they kept from each other in the city emerge, threatening to destroy their hope for a shared future."

My Two Cents:

"The Exiles" is the story of Emily and Nate, a young couple who has left their tenuous NYC existence for someplace quieter on the shores of Rhode Island. They are trying to forge a new existence after failing to be able to stay in the city but the city hid a lot of the cracks in there relationship and Rhode Island might undo their life together. There is also another storyline regarding Nate's father, a famous architect, who is suffering Huntington's Disease, which was an interesting side story in this book.

Neither Emily nor Nate are exactly likeable. Both of them are less that forthcoming with themselves and with each other. They're hiding so much from each other that I continually found myself wondering what they saw in each other. That being said, there complicated relationship was so interesting to read about. I wanted to see how long they were able to hide these big, huge secrets from each other.

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. Lynn definitely engaged me and kept me reading. I will definitely be watching for her books in the future. That being said, I felt that there were some ends that were left untied. I wanted more closure. We're sort of left with a couple of very ambiguous endings. It just sort of seemed a little rushed.


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  1. I am intrigued about the secrets the couple is keeping from each other.

  2. Yeah, I want in on their secrets, too.

  3. This novel sounds captivating and special. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I'm kind of undecided on this one, but I think I want to read it. Thanks for the review.

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

  6. Know what, I find that unlikeable characters are usually quite interesting. Thanks for such a balanced review! :)

  7. Sounds like a realistic book, not something with a happy ending.


  8. I love complicated characters. They make a book so much better. I become frustrated with books that have too-perfect characters in them.


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