Blog Tour and Giveaway: Searching for Moore: Julie A. Richman

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Attended by reality TV star wannabes and Southern California social climbers, Schooner Moore knows the party his wife is throwing for his forty-third birthday has little to do with him and everything to do with her social standing in Orange County. The evening turns out to hold more surprises than just his wife's Botoxed friends groping at his privates, when a conversation with his old college roommate, Beau, reveals the biggest surprise of the night.

Beau has had contact on Facebook with Mia Silver. Just hearing her name sends Schooner into a tailspin, as he is now just a Friend Request away from the one who got away when she disappeared without a goodbye, leaving him wondering why she left.

A serial failure at romance, Manhattan boutique ad agency owner, Mia, gets a blindside of her own when a Facebook Friend Request from first love, Schooner, appears in her email. Going with her gut reaction, Mia hits accept, propelling her past to catch up with her in a New York minute, as a forceful Schooner is determined to understand what tore them apart and to explore the possibility of a second chance at love.

From a 1980's Southern California college campus and a devastating first love to present day New York City, Searching for Moore explores how technology has eradicated the divide between our past and our present, and asks whether you would give up everything to reconnect with The One in a single keystroke?

"Oh baby girl...you have no idea of what you do to me."

"It's smoochal..."
This story has an interesting true to life premise and was different and intriguing. It is a love story that spans  twenty four years and opposite ends of the country. Schooner and Mia were college first loves and it was all ruined by a jealous girl with an agenda. Consequences and miscommunication cost them twenty four years until one night a forty-three old Schooner makes a Facebook friend request that gives them a second chance and alters their lives. 

Mia and Schooner were so good together. I loved them at sixteen and nineteen years old, and also at forty and forty-three years old. She brings out the best in him and let him be himself. He is loving, protective, and completely swoon-worthy. He is used to being seen as a pretty face and star tennis player and kept a mask on for the world, but Mia saw right to his heart. He always saw Mia as a hidden gem: intelligent, unique, sassy, strong, funny, and secure in her own identity. 

Their young love story was so special and heartwarming. They did not seem like a couple that belonged together, but they truly worked. Their relationship during their college years had a few starts and stops, but all along they truly cared deeply and passionately for one another. They were intense, completely enthralled with one another, and truly soul mates. 

Your first and your last, Baby Girl, Schooner vowed to himself. Your first and your last. 

But communication during important times unfortunately was their downfall. And trust, insecurities, and meddling ripped them apart and changed the course of their lives. 

I adored them together and practically cheered when they were given a second chance to reconnect so many years later. And the whole time that things seemed to be going well, I just kept waiting for fall out and something bad to happen. I just knew something was coming, and then it was OMG and then it ends! And Now I have to wait for book two! And there is also going to be a book three according to the author. 

"But you , my Baby Girl, are like a vortex. I get sucked in and spun around and nothing is even in control. And it's always certainly out of my control."

My heart was wrenched out of my chest so many times reading this book. It was sweet, heartfelt, funny, emotional,  passionate, frustrating, and devastating all at the same time. The first part of the book is in Schooner's Point of view in present and then in the past. Then the second part is Mia's point of view in the present. I am still thinking about these characters a day later. Schooner and Mia were well developed and so likeable and real. The supporting characters were either supportive and fun, or so awful that you wanted to slap them. The book was well written and engaging. Many times I will deduct a half star in my rating due to a cliffhanger ending, but I just could not do it this time. I loved Schooner and Mia too much. I could not put this book down and cannot wait for the next two books. A fantastic debut from Julie A. Richman.

Thanks to Julie A. Richman for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Julie A. Richman Website/Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads

Author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas.  A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion.  Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations.  She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust.  Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

 Tour hosted by Becca the Bibliophile

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Grand prize tour package. 
Julie has graciously given five (5) signed paperback copies of Searching for Moore along with signed bookmarks, plus 5 additional eBooks along with signed bookmarks. 

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