The Truest of Words review

Finally, after a long wait, The Truest of Words is released on Amazon!! A huge congratulation to Georgina Guthrie! Click here for purchase link. This book provides an absolutely beautiful end to Sailor and Poppet’s journey.

Synopsis:

With the end of term finally behind them, Aubrey and Daniel look forward to building a life together. A painful realization that they can’t truly embrace the future until they’ve come to terms with the past leads them to discover the healing potential of forgiveness and the power of unconditional love.

Like the first two books in the series, The Truest of Words is a romantic tale that blends witty banter with passion and drama.


One of my favorite quotes from TToW

One of my favorite quotes from TToW

THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!! READERS BE ADVISED, PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

My review:

This book has been sitting on my TBR-shortlist folder since April 2014. Today(Nov. 18), the book finally came out. Yes, I am writing my review of this book on the day of the release because I just FINISHED reading The Truest of Words. I devoured and savored the entire book on its release day! I am NOT ashamed to say I didn’t do much but read this book (I had a pretty free day) the entire day.

The Truest of Words is the final book of the Words Series. It picked up right where we left off in Better Deeds than Words. Daniel and Aubrey continue to countdown to Aubrey’s graduation, so they could go public with their relationship and move forward. For those of you that are wondering, there is a HEA!

How I felt about this book…
Once again, I was blown away by the precision, eloquence, beauty, and sincerity of Georgina Guthrie’s words. With a series that’s about words, GG did a fantastic job giving us books that lived up to its name! I am in awe of her ability to convey Daniel & Aubrey’s story. You experience their ups and downs, trials and tribulations, joy and sorrows. I felt them! And for someone who’s mostly level-headed, this was a huge accomplishment! It goes to show how powerful GG’s writing is.

TToW covers it all. There were funny, nervous, witty, heartwarming, sad, joyous, and countless romantic moments. Aubrey& Daniel continue their witty banters, Patty makes multiple appearances, the whole Grant family as well as Julie & Matt all have great scenes in the book. Family and friendship place a huge part in TToW, as with the previous two books.

Daniel and Aubrey is one of the most memorable couples I have ever read. They have a very special place in my heart. They won me over (and over) with their intelligence, romantics, flaws, strengths, and most definitely their love for each other. Daniel& Aubrey’s love for each other is one that I want! I guess, it’s why this story and its people are so REAL to me. Our hero and heroine don’t have a “dark” past (per se, I’m getting tired of dark pasts, it’s seriously overused!). They have real issues that stem of real life problems that we can relate to, as well as problems appropriate to its context (namely Daniel’s reputation). GG writes in a way that convey that realism so precisely. It speaks directly to my heart. Their love for each other really leaps out of the page without being in your face. GG’s writing is perfectly balanced, so that all the emotions the characters felt were not cheesy (NEVER!) or exaggerated!

Love & relationship is a journey and a process. They have ups and downs. And you can see/read Daniel and Aubrey work through all that have happened to them. They complement each others in times of weakness/flaws, and they shine synergistically when they are together in fun and stressful times. When I was reading TToW, watching Aubrey and Daniel work through their problems and finding epiphanies, I felt like I was learning from them. Learning what it is to have a successful relationship. It was amazing to witness/read. You could tell that the messages were rooted in GG’s experience and she believed in them. I am not saying the books are relationship handbooks, but the series presents you with realistic approaches, expectations, conflicts, and resolutions in romance that makes the story less fiction-like.

The realness is what makes Daniel and Aubrey special. It’s what makes GG’s writing unique and brilliant. By the time I reached the ending, I experienced this satisfaction I have not experienced about a series in a long time. It was this satisfaction that let me know Aubrey and Daniel will be ok, will be happy, will be arguing but also finding solutions, will be successful. This satisfaction comes from how full-circle the story concludes. It’s a satisfaction that left me content and at peace that this story has ended. I would be lying if I say I didn’t want more D&A. I will always want more, but I am happy with it. And I haven’t felt like this about a book or a series in a long time. And this speaks a lot to GG’s ability to bring this emotion out of me. Bravo!

Overall, it has been incredible to read Sailor & Poppet’s story. I am crying as I am writing this review. I am sad that this is over but I am happy to have “known” them. So thank you, GG for writing this magnificent, inspirational, enlightening, and luminous story.

Steph

The Truest of Words teasers

Well, here we are, the final stretch! In TWO days (Nov. 18), The Truest of Words by Georgina Guthrie will be released. I already know I will NOT be doing anything but read when it comes out. What about you?? I really can’t wait to devour and savor Aubrey and Daniel’s story!

Here is the synopsis for The Truest of Words, the last book for The Words Series:

With the end of term finally behind them, Aubrey and Daniel look forward to building a life together. A painful realization that they can’t truly embrace the future until they’ve come to terms with the past leads them to discover the healing potential of forgiveness and the power of unconditional love.

Like the first two books in the series, The Truest of Words is a romantic tale that blends witty banter with passion and drama.

 

I really hope there will be tons of steamy sex scene in TToW. I mean, school’s out, right? Let’s shake things up a bit in the sex department. By the looks of GG’s TToW teasers on Pinterest, we can sure hope for some heart racing, body temp rising actions between Aubrey and Daniel.

So let’s get ready, everyone!

❤ Steph

Better Deeds than Words

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Unfortunately due to time constraint, we won’t be able to finish a re-read of Better Deeds than Words, book 2 of The Words Series, in time before the release of The Truest of Words on Nov. 18, 2014! So instead, Amy and I decided to do a sort of overview/highlight/listicles post of BDTW.

In case you missed it, there is a Real-Time Reading Calendar for BDTW that you can download. Click HERE.

 


Favorite Moments

  1. Patty, lycopene, and oil service discussion. Enough said! 
    EPIC WIN!
  2. Daniel & Aubrey’s first night together in Daniel’s apartment. 
    Giddy & excited as heck!
  3. When Daniel said, “You know you’re making quite a home for yourself in my heart too, right?”
    Do I hear a collective sigh?!
  4. When they profess they are falling in love with each other.
    Such a tender moment!
  5. EVERYTHING that happened in the cottage!! The boat, sunset, song, and SEX!
    When the sexy time finally happened…
    We tried to, but you really shouldn’t be!
    Fireplace sexy time was a moment of triumph!
    When they finally used the pool table for its true purpose.
    …from all the talks on angles and access. Geometry has never been this sexy.
    And then they were on the boat, watching sunset, listening to Daniel sing
    Aubrey, I know you are Daniel’s true love but…
    In the end, the cottage scenes were EVERYTHING! We were happy and satisfied 😉
  6. Daniel’s Countdown Letters to Aubrey. Were they not the sweetest things?!?!
    The sweetest thing EVER! Daniel was so thoughtful
  7. Love watching Daniel as a TA. He really shines in those moments.
    Watching Daniel in his element!
  8. Whenever Daniel calls Aubrey sweetheart.
    Olaf, thanks for your sacrifice, you will be missed. #melted
  9. Penny’s secret plan for the soul mates to meet.
    Penny, you are so sweet!

 

Things we want to see resolved in The Truest of Words

  1. Daniel’s Oxford past still haunts him; we hope to see some of that resolved, hopefully without physically confronting Nicola.
  2. Improvement in Daniel’s relationship with his father, David Grant.
  3. Brad & Penny’s wedding!!! Is like we are invited to this wedding, too….right?!
  4. The result of that TA review on Daniel. GAH, I hope it was nothing…
  5. The Happily ever after for Matt, he deserves it..

Things we DON’T EVER want to see

  1. Please oh please. We DO NOT want Nicola to show up! LIKE NOOOOOOOOO.
  2. Hopefully no Sabrina. .. PLEASE NO.
    Do I need to repeat myself?
  3. Aaron “Unibrow” O’Connor. We are suspicious of this man. The result of Daniel’s TA review is important but we don’t really want to see this guy. Seriously, do you trust this guy?!

 

Things we HOPE or MIGHT show up

  1. WE WANT MORE OF Patty! She’s such a hoot, there needs to be more of her, period! HENRIETTA IS THE BESTEST!!!
  2. Aubrey’s graduation and family.
  3. I have a feeling Aaron “Unibrow” O’Connor might show up… * CRIES IN A CORNER*
  4. Definitely hope to see Daniel & Aubrey travel Europe!
    If Sherlock says yes….

 

Favorite Quotes

Chapters 1-6

“Lycopene. It’s good for the prostate” – Patty

“You are having your oil changed regularly, I hope?” –Patty asked Daniel

“Okay then. Allow me to put your mind at rest. My oil is being changed fairly regularly. There. Satisfied?…Unfortunately, I’m decidedly, um, self-employed, at the moment” – Daniel

“You know you’re making quite a home for yourself in my heart too, right?” – Daniel

“Excuse me, but what happened to typical English country weather? If you ever need to use this, I’ll eat my fucking hat.” –Daniel

“I wrote about how much I wanted to kiss you when we were in the theatre that night and how helpless I’d felt when you were sick….That’s when I understood the hold you had on me.” –Daniel

Daniel Grant is definitely maybe falling in love with me!” –Aubrey

“Only you. You’re all that matters now.” –Daniel

Chapters 7-12

“I don’t think any of the tragic heroes spiraled to their downfall as a result of a lost mitten.”—David Grant, what a genius foreshadowing

“Please don’t speak about our future in hypothetical terms. I am going to be a part of your future. End of story.” –Daniel

Chapters 13-18

“If you know which qualities you admire most in someone, you’re more likely to recognize that person when you meet her…or him. I prefer to call it recognition at first sight.” –Daniel

“I love you, Aubrey Price. I’m completely and totally in love with you.” –Daniel

“I love you too, Daniel. You are the most thoughtful, understanding, and amazing person I’ve ever known.” –Aubrey

Chapters 19-24

“ ‘So, if we were in some cheesy movie, this is the part where we’d hug and decided to be best friends, right?’

‘Probably.’

‘I hate cheesy movies.’

‘Me too.’” –Cara and Aubrey

“Then we were kissing and rolling, all legs and arms, tongues and hips. I needed to touch him everywhere.” –Aubrey

“I ran my fingers and nails all over his back, making him shiver. His half purr, half growl was just what I wanted to hear.” –Aubrey

“ We were in love, and neither one of us cared who knew the truth.” –Aubrey

Chapters 25-32

“I can’t believe you can quote Shakespeare at a time like this. Cleverness like that ought to be rewarded.” –Daniel

“But I need silly. I need someone to make me stop taking everything so seriously. Promise me you won’t stop? You’re so good for me.” –Daniel

“Daniel took my hand in his and looked at me earnestly, ‘I know you love mornings and sunrises, but those belong to you and your dad. Sunsets can be ours, okay?’” –Aubrey/Daniel

“He opened my hand and turned the jewel-encrusted heart over. On the back, one word was engraved: Home.” –Aubrey


 

So, I guess what we are trying to say about The Truest of Words is….

I mean, I just need to know what happens next!

So,

It’s not too much to ask

 

Steph & Amy

Exclusive! Deleted Scene from Better Deeds than Words by Georgina Guthrie

This is a wonderful deleted scene from Better Deeds than Words. Read now and get ready for The Truest of Words release!

Bookish Temptations

This is a deleted scene from Better Deeds than Words, a scene which takes place in the middle of the night on the weekend Aubrey and Daniel stay at the cottage. This is their second intimate encounter. While they discuss their nighttime encounter the next morning, it isn’t included in the book. Hope you enjoy!

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Interview with Georgina Guthrie Part II

I hope you all enjoyed part I of the interview with Georgina Guthrie, author of The Words Series. Amy and I had a TON of fun coming up all these questions for her. If you missed part I of the interview, click HERE.

I tend to be more reflective as the year approaches the end. And I can definitively say that The Words Series is one of the best series I have read this year. It’s such an underrated series that I just want to shout at people to get them to read Daniel & Aubrey’s story! The books were intelligently written especially with all the incorporation of Shakespeare’s works. The books really reflect how well GG understands and loves Shakespeare. She made Shakespeare relevant again!

For those who love GG, I hope you find the interviews fun.

For those who haven’t read the books, I hope the interviews inspire and convince you to give the books a try.

The Words Series (Amazon US link):

The Weight of Words

Better Deeds Than Words

The Truest of Words (To be released on Nov. 18!!!!)

Visit Georgina’s website, In my Write mind.

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Was writing & publishing books a dream of yours?

I’ve always loved reading and writing, and I used to write a lot when I was a teenager, but after I graduated from university, I had a very demanding career, and there simply wasn’t time in my life for writing. About five years ago, I switched jobs and suddenly had time to myself to pursue what interested me. I started writing for an on-line community first, and then the opportunity to publish presented itself. This has been such an incredibly rewarding experience. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to write a book and hold the product of all my efforts in my hands. The chance to share my writing and talk to people who have read my words is unparalleled. I can’t articulate how amazing it is.

Could you tell us about the genesis of The Words Series? What inspired you to write Aubrey & Daniel’s story?

When I started writing The Weight of Words in 2009, I wanted to create a story that could be romantic and passionate, but not just a series of sex scenes with little bits of plot interspersed. The notion of including scenes of academia really appealed to me. There’s an old adage, “write what you’d want to read.” So I suppose initially, I was writing for an audience of one: me. Lol.

I also wanted to write an old-fashioned love story, one that would require the male lead to use his charm to woo and court the object of his desire. There is so little delayed gratification in this day and age. It seems that lust leads the way, and hopefully love will follow. I very much wanted to flip this notion upside down and force my characters to fall in love first. I suppose I’m just an old-fashioned romantic.

The problem became trying to figure out a way to keep the characters apart. The TA-student relationship seemed apt, and therefore the university setting was natural. Given the experiences I had while I was at Vic, the story blossomed quite organically once the characters and setting were established.

What I love most about this series is how beautifully and brilliantly you weaved the Bard’s words in your modern day love story. What does Shakespeare mean to you?

I adore literature in general, and have a fondness for intertextuality. I wanted to reference literature in The Weight of Words, but I thought I should focus on something specific so I wouldn’t muddy the water too much. Since I feel comfortable with Shakespeare’s canon, I decided to focus on his works. As I’ve mentioned in previous weeks, Shakespeare’s work is so versatile and explores every facet of the human condition. He is, quite simply, brilliant.

 

The Truest of Words is being released on November 18th. Can you tell us what we can expect from the continuing story?

Essentially, the story follows Aubrey and Daniel through the post-graduation stage of their relationship. Now that the TA-student dynamic has been eliminated, you’d think everything will be sunshine and roses, but unfortunately, that’s not the way life works. They both have their own issues to work out, ones which can strain their relationship if left unchecked. What I’ve tried to do in The Truest of Words is to give the character storylines I opened in the first two books an appropriate and satisfying closure.

Do you have a main message that you want your readers to take away from The Words Series?

I would never prescribe what readers should take away from something I’ve written. Since, as readers, we all come to the table with something different, I can only assume we’ll all walk away with something unique as well. I’ve just done my best to write a compelling love story which I obviously want readers to enjoy. Having said that, I know 100% approval isn’t a given either, and that’s okay.

I found out about The Words Series because of Sylvain Reynard, author of the Gabriel’s series. You mention that SR was a “mentor” in your acknowledgements. Could you elaborate on this? Have you met him in person?

SR and I have been “pen pals” for about 4 years. We were brought together by our on-line readers who noted that we were writing stories that shared a setting and some thematic similarities. Readers assumed we knew each other and were reading each other’s stories. We were not. But we connected on-line thanks our readers’ intervention. We used to chat about music, books, poetry and literary themes such as love, forgiveness, redemption, etc.

Once I had finished writing the Words series, I read Gabriel’s Inferno. Like other readers, I fell in love with SR’s characters and writing style and began to strongly consider publishing my own books. SR mentored me throughout the publication process, always willing to provide guidance, answer questions, and offer encouragement—all of which continues to this day. I’ll always be grateful for SR’s generous support.

There you have it, Part II of the interview with GG. I hope you like it.

Once again, Thank you, GG for doing this interview. Thank you all for reading

Don’t forget The Truest of Words comes out on Nov. 18!

Steph