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EAT, SURF, LOVE. A butterfly flaps its wings in New York City . . . and a groundswell forms in Mexico. . . . Sometimes the biggest ripples come from the smallest events. Like the day that Emma Guthrie walks into world-famous movie star Garrett Walker’s trailer. When she steps through the door, she’s a novice PA who’s just dropped out of college after losing her scholarshipEAT, SURF, LOVE. A butterfly flaps its wings in New York City . . . and a groundswell forms in Mexico. . . . Sometimes the biggest ripples come from the smallest events. Like the day that Emma Guthrie walks into world-famous movie star Garrett Walker’s trailer. When she steps through the door, she’s a novice PA who’s just dropped out of college after losing her scholarship. When she walks out, she’s on her way to becoming Mrs. Emma Walker—wife of an A-list actor. Soon, Emma has made the transition from nobody to red-carpet royalty, trading jeans and flip-flops for closets full of Chanel and Birkin bags, swishing past velvet ropes to attend every lavish party and charity gala on both coasts. With her husband’s encouragement, Emma pens a screenplay based on her life, Fame Tax, which becomes a blockbuster sensation. Through it all, Garrett is her ally and her mentor . . . until their relationship is thrown into question by an incriminating text message that Emma discovers on Garrett’s phone the night of the Met Costume Institute Gala. Devastated by her husband’s infidelity and hounded mercilessly by the paparazzi, Emma must flee New York City to get away from it all and clear her head. Her destination? A sleepy coastal town in Mexico where no one recognizes her and there is nothing but unspoiled beaches for miles. Here, she meets Ben, a gorgeous, California-born surf instructor, who teaches her about the healing powers of surfing, shows her the joys of the simple life, and ultimately opens her up to the possibility of love. From Manhattan’s hippest restaurants to the yacht-and-celebrity infested waters of St. Barts, Katie Lee’s debut novel is an irresistible insider’s glimpse into a glittering world—and a captivating story about how losing everything you thought you wanted can be the first step to finding what you need....

Title : Groundswell
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ISBN : 9781439183595
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Groundswell Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-03-19 06:46

    How in the world did this book get published? Because the author was married to Billy Joel?Cliche story, vanilla characters, no surprise ending. I think it took me an hour to read it. Waste of time, folks.

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-21 11:02

    I hate to give first time authors a negative score, because at least they are attempting their dream and writing a book, which is more than I've done. But this one was kind of weak. I was on the USA Today website and found a article about how this book might be a reflection on the author's unsuccessful marriage (for those of you who don't know, she was married to Billy Joel, the singer), and she denied it, but come on, there has to be some truth to it. Anyway, it's about a small town girl who falls in love with a movie star who falls in love with her, they get married, then seven years later, she finds out that he cheated on her with her BFF (that's original), so she leaves him and goes to Mexico where she gets smitten with a surfer. Of course the book as a happy ending, but more than half of it was telling the story about how she and her hubby met. I guess I was expecting more on her journey to rediscover herself and move on with life after she finds out about her hubby. But really, there's only about 50 pages of that. There really wasn't very much emotion in this book. Like you know that she's supposed to be happy or sad or whatever, but the author doesn't really go into depth with the feelings, so that kind of helped make it a little flat.

  • Tara
    2019-03-18 13:45

    This book is totally CUTE. Hollywood. Slightly Shallow. Chick Lit. Great love story. Yes. This is THE perfect beach read. What girl hasn't dreamed of meeting a huge Hollywood star and have him fall head over heels for you? Here's the basic plot: Movie star meets small-town girl, love and marriage! HURRAY! Throw in a jealous best friend and a cheating husband Ummm, not so hurray....Add in a quiet beach resort and a super hot, amazing surf instructor...back to HURRAY!Often in Chick Lit, the main character will just annoy me. They will make stupid decisions, act like a complete ditz or just generally be an irritating person. However, this wasn't the case in Groundswell. Emma had a good, solid head on her shoulders, and she wasn't swept up in being the perfect fake, stereotypical Hollywood wife.The ending just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Because seriously, a lot of endings lately have been cliffhangers and they just suck and make me crazy or they end up being terribly sad . Y'know I've had enough with the SAD. I've read countless books with the sad and forlorn lovers and the whining...Ohhh, the whining. Boo-hoo.....This ending rocked.Katie Lee was actually married to a celebrity, Billy Joel. I read in an interview over at CBS that she had "The Paris Wife" on hold at the library. I love that she goes to the library! That's so cool! (I don't know why that's so exciting to me but, it just is!) Celebrity Wives, errr former celebrity wives use the library too! Anytime a celebrity writes a novel, I have to wonder how much it's a reflection on their life. (Perfect example: Lauren Conrad with the LA Candy series, REALLY NOW?)The surfing part of this book really doesn't come in until almost the very end, so I don't know why the first line of the summary is EAT SURF LOVE. It really doesn't have a whole lot to do with surfing. (Unless, the finished copy is completely different from the eGalley I received). This is a very cute love story (also YES, FINALLY a book that isn't part of a series) and a great beach read. If you're a fan of Lauren Weisberger or Emily Giffin, I'd suggest taking this one along on your summer vacation! Judge a Book By It's Cover: Sorry to say, but I think the cover looks kind of cheesy. Why is there a diamond (a super gorgeous diamond, I might add) just randomly thrown on the cover? I would never guess from the cover what the book was about. The story inside is much better! *Disclosure: I received an eGalley courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-09 11:44

    Emma Guthrie went from being a nobody to the wife of famous actor, Garrett Walker. Emma was just an personal assistant helping on a film set. Garrett is the leading actor in the movie. It seemed that Garrett took a liking to Emma right away. Though, Emma did not accept Garrett’s invitations for a while. It was not long after Garrett and Emma starting dating that things got really serious fast. Before Emma knew it, she was Mrs. Garrett Walker. Now Emma has to contend with the paparazzi. After seven years of marriage, Emma discovers by accident that Garrett is cheating on her. Emma heads to Mexico to get away. There she meets sexy, surf instructor Ben. This book was a nice surprise. I was kind of expecting the characters in this book to be self-centered and one dimensional. Instead, I found that I was rooting for Emma all the way. The part when she met Ben reminded me of Jan Porter’s Flirting with Forty book. It was fun, charming and I wanted Ben and Emma to get together. Though, Garrett cheated on Emma, I actually did not mind him as a person. I was amazed at how quickly I read this book. By the time I was ready to take a break, I was already half way through the book. Groundswell is a must read!

  • Marisa
    2019-03-09 08:46

    Fluffy beach read -- rather formulaic but not eye-gougingly corny ... except for maybe the paragraph where Garrett and Emma each bring their three favorite movies to watch without telling each other their selections ... and they both bring 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' -- blech! Left this one at our rental for someone else to 'enjoy' on vacation. By the way, author Katie Lee is formerly Katie Lee Joel, married to songster Billy Joel -- from what I know of their relationship (People & Us Weekly), this isn't exactly a 'reality into fiction' novel. But I do think Ms. Lee imagines herself much like protagonist Emma Guthrie -- small-town girl from Kentucky with big dreams who just happens to fall in love with a famous person who can make those dreams a reality. In her post Mrs.Joel-life, maybe writing a fiction novel was one of her dreams and just having been married to a big star made it possible. But I digress ...

  • Cathy Schaefer
    2019-02-27 07:47

    As others have said it is a great summer beach book. No it isn't a deep in-depth novel. But I wasn't looking for that. I like books just for the fun of it sometimes so as not to think. Perfect light Hallmark movie type. If you are serious reader and want a book with depth don't read this but if want a beach book for fun highly recommend to drift off to fairytale land!

  • Mary
    2019-03-10 12:06

    In the scientific world the theory is known as the "Butterfly Effect". In the real world, it simply means that sometimes the biggest ripples in a person's life are caused by the smallest events. For Emma Guthrie - a novice PA who's just dropped out of college after losing her scholarship - that was the way everything began. One day she walks into the trailer of the world-famous movie star Garrett Walker; when she walks out the door, she's fast on her way to becoming Mrs. Emma Walker - the wife of an A-list actor.Soon, Emma has made the seamless transition from relative nobody to red-carpet royalty, trading her generic-brand jeans and flip-flops for closets full of names such as Chanel and Birkin - the typical clothing and accessories worn by every celebrity who swishes past velvet ropes to attend every lavish party and charity gala held on both coasts. With her husband's encouragement, Emma soon pens a screenplay based on her life. Her movie memoir, 'Fame Tax', quickly becomes a blockbuster sensation. Through it all, Garrett is her ally and her mentor...until their relationship is thrown into question by an incriminating text message that Emma discovers on Garrett's phone the night of the all-important Met Costume Institute Gala.Undeniably devastated by her husband's blatant infidelity and hounded mercilessly by the paparazzi, Emma must flee New York City to try and get away from it all. Choosing the furthest possible location she can in order to clear her head, Emma's perfect destination turns out to be a sleepy coastal town in Mexico where she can sink back into obscurity. Absolutely no one recognizes her and there is nothing to see but unspoiled beaches for miles. Here, she meets Ben, a gorgeous, native Californian - a surf instructor, who teaches Emma about the healing properties of surfing, shows her the joys of the simple life, and ultimately reopens her heart to the possibility of love.In a story that showcases some of Manhattan's trendiest restaurants to the yacht-and-celebrity infested waters of the vacationer's paradise known as St. Bart's, Katie Lee's debut novel offers an irresistible insider's glimpse into a glittering world - and a captivating story about how losing everything you thought you wanted can often be the first step in the journey toward finding what you need. I must say that while I watch Katie Lee all the time on her television show 'The Kitchen' - and I assumed that she wrote several cookbooks - it never even crossed my mind that she wrote a novel as well. I was actually quite surprised to learn that Ms. Lee was a published author of contemporary fiction.In my opinion, this was just the right type of book for me to read. It was fairly fast-paced, and an easy enough read - and it only took me a day to read. Yes, there was romance throughout the story, and as most of you may already know - I don't usually like reading stories that are so focused on romantic elements. Groundswell: A Novel by Katie Lee was slightly different though; I found myself really enjoying the story and would give this book an A+!

  • Chrissy
    2019-03-12 07:54

    Last week, I decided to take a break from the "NEW RELEASES IN YA" shelf at the library, and instead gravitated towards the "NEW RELEASES IN ADULT FICTION" section instead. I randomly found a novel with a beautiful blue cover and briefly read the back, vaguely notating that it was something about a woman whose husband has an affair. Quite experienced myself with cheating men, I decided to give it a try, despite the fact that I'd never heard of either the author or the title.Starting with plot, Emma is just your everyday gal with a regular job and regular roommates until she gets the opportunity to work as an assistant on the set of a big movie. Everyone warns her to stay away from hunky celeb Garrett, known in Hollywood as a superstar womanizer, but of course Emma doesn't listen. When Garrett starts lavishing Emma with attention, she's absolutely smitten. And soon, she sees Garrett not as the studliest man on the big screen but as a potential love interest. And then, Garrett reciprocates.So when Garrett proposes to Emma, she decides she'd be crazy to say no! Emma is propelled into a world of paparazzi and glamor, where she slowly establishes herself as more than Garrett's wife when she branches out into screenwriting. After getting one hit movie under her belt, Emma is on the top of the world. Her marriage is a hit, and so is her career. Nothing could be better, right?Until the night she catches her husband with her best friend. And Garrett reveals that it's not his only marital discretion. Soon, Emma's world comes crashing down around her. Is she ready to give up her new "normal" to really find herself? Or, should she chalk it up to Hollywood and keep her leading man with all the glitz and glam?Honestly, I have a soft spot for this type of women's fiction, so it only took a chapter or two for me to decide that I'd really enjoy this novel. The story progressed at a nice pace, and the characters were interesting enough to be both intriguing and relatable at the same time.I was almost ready to give this one five stars, but I felt that the story just got a bit weaker once Emma went on her excursion in Mexico to find herself. While it might be realistic -- as I know after myself ending an 11 year relationship only to start up another serious relationship mere months later, it almost felt forced and too good to be true. While I'm definitely a champion for a happy ending, I want one that feels right for the story. The last page or two disappointed me in this novel because they just didn't feel realistic or true to me at all.Even so, it was a good story and a fun read. I thoroughly enjoy women's fiction, and a disappointing ending isn't enough to keep me from recommending this one to anyone who enjoys the genre. I'm usually surprisingly happy with the results when I randomly select books that are so unknown to me, so hopefully the trend continues as I make my way through this ridiculously tall library stack!

  • Shonda
    2019-03-19 13:51

    Emma Guthrie is a Kentuckian turned New Yorker when the reader is first introduced to her in Lee's debut novel. She's struggling to make ends meet after she has to give up her college scholarship. Not wanting to return home and face her sister's "I told you so", Emma hangs in there hoping one day things will get easier.And then they do. She's offered a position as a PA for a Garrett Walker movie. Things begin to move at a rapid pace when Emma first meets Garrett. A quick meeting in his trailer leads to him asking her out to dinner. Before long, they're dating and he's whisking her away to St. Barts for the holiday. As expected their whirlwind relationship leads to marriage and with Garrett's assistance Emma writes a screenplay that winds up being the blockbuster of the summer.After seven years of marriage, Emma has left her old life behind. Being Mrs. Walker definitely has its perks. Emma's life is good and she appears to be happy and have everything she's ever dreamed of. But when she's given her husband's cell phone by mistake and sees a text from another woman, Emma realizes her world may not be so perfect after all.Groundswell is the ideal beach read. Immediately I found myself drawn into the story and within two hours, I had read over half the book. Lee begins the story with Emma reading the text on her husband's phone and then flashes back to how they met. The story then returns to Emma and the text and continues from there.Not much emphasis is placed on the seven years the couple was married. Actually, I didn't have an issue with that. Lee painted a picture of their marriage so the reader did not have to know every detail. At times, the story was predictable and I saw the ending long before I finished the book. I still found myself invested in the story and cheered Emma on.I do have to say it reminded me a bit of Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter and How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan. A woman decides to travel to escape the craziness of her life and ends up meeting a gorgeous guy. So, if you've read and enjoyed either of these books, then be sure to pick up Groundswell. Even if you haven't read either book (I suggest you do - both are very good), throw Groundswell in your beach bag anyway. Being a little over 200 pages, you can devour it in one sitting.3.5 Stars

  • ZaBethMarsh
    2019-03-15 11:36

    I found Groundswell while watching an episode of Giada De Laurentiis’ show on the Food Network. Giada was cooking for her book club and the author Katie Lee was invited to attend. As I have always been in love with the ocean, I was immediately intrigue by the definition of a groundswell which appears in the front of the book:GROUNDSWELL (noun): A perfectly even and balanced series of waves, or swells, caused by a distant storm or disturbance. Also known as ideal surfing conditions.Emma Guthrie seems to have the perfect life. She is married to an action movie mega-star husband and her first screenplay has been made into a successful summer romance movie. She is on top of the world when a distant storm hits her. This book initially reminded me of The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer. But while the stories may have some overlapping plot points, Grazer’s heroine felt superficial whereas Lee’s character seems genuine. Emma is a woman searching for herself. Lee documents Emma’s journey with honesty and integrity. Groundswell isn’t a book with lavish descriptive paragraphs or pages of introspection. It is a quick snapshot of a moment in one woman’s life and how she deals with life changing events. It’s a satisfying read that will leave you smiling. Almost like a chick lit version of Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert. I don’t see Groundswell inspiring women to self-discovery like Gilbert’s book may have, but readers might look at the ocean and ponder the storms they’ve survived in their own lives and feel blessed. I believe that is enough to call this book successful.

  • Kassiah
    2019-03-07 14:05

    I think I mention in pretty much every review that I wish I could give half-stars. If I could, I would give this book 2-1/2 stars. Emma was a likable enough character and the storyline was good. It was a fairy-tale romance that turned into a nightmare. I wish the fairy-tale had been a little more convincing, but I really liked Garrett and felt like their relationship was sweet and romantic. It was when everything fell apart that I started to lose interest and question the authenticity of the story. Emma was upset, but not upset enough for me. Her self-revelation and relationship with Ben felt contrived, and the actions that she took later in the book caused me to question the sincerity of her feelings for Garrett (and Lily) all along. (view spoiler)[I wish she had given Garrett another chance, or at least entertained the idea. Maybe I'm too much of a romantic. I wanted them to try to work it out. (hide spoiler)] In a way, I wish the prologue hadn't been included as a prologue, but maybe that's just me.From the food to the outfits to the sights and scents surrounding them, Katie Lee is a very descriptive writer, and I enjoyed the way Emma explained things. I just would have liked more from her as a character.There were some funny moments and definitely some hotness throughout. I wouldn't say this was fluff, like some other reviewers have said, but it wasn't an angst-fest either. Overall, it was slightly more than okay, and I liked it.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-01 05:36

    Katie Lee knows about the Hollywood lifestyle. She became a Hollywood presence on her own and then married Billy Joel. With the old adage, "Write what you know," Katie does exactly that. This was simply a good, solid book. It's not life changing but the author tells a solid story without a lot of superfluous information. Perhaps another person might not be as interested in the details of a silver screen star and his social life but it fascinated me. But not only does the author describe the life of Garrett and the superficial way of being, she adds depth to her characters. Garrett is not vilified but multi-dimensional. I never loved Garrett but I understood why Emma did.Emma is a likeable protagonist. She's your girl next door that captures a star's heart. She could be you or me. Is this a thinly veiled autobiography? I hope not because the flavor of fiction is much more enjoyable to believe.The idea of "groundswell" does not come into play until nearly the end of the book as Emma is learning the art of surfing. This is also where Emma learns life lessons that could be applied to anybody's life. The ocean represents life and the way it can not be controlled or tamed, although we try really hard to do so. Surfing can only be achieved by giving in to the waves will. Don't panic because that's when the trouble really starts. Feel the waves and rise to the occasion.I liked it.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-06 13:50

    Wow. Only when I started to fill out this Goodreads review did I realize that I read this book in only 2 days! It was definitely a short novel and very fast-paced. Each chapter covered a few months in the character's lives it seemed like. The story was pretty cliched, but still entertaining. Emma Guthrie wanted to live in New York and make it as a screenwriter. But, when her scholarship runs out she drops out of school and starts looking to work as a PA on a film shoot. When she is called as a replacement PA to the new Garrett Walker movie, no one is more surprised than her when Garrett seems genuinely smitten with her. In short order they are married and she is adjusting to life as red-carpet royalty. But, after seven years of marriage Emma finds out Garrett has been cheating on her - with one of her best friends. As their impending divorce hits the gossip columns Emma decides to leave New York for a small town in Mexico where no one will know her. There she finds a new love in surfing - something she'd always been afraid of. She also finally starts to figure out what she wants out of her life now that she's not Mrs. Garrett Walker anymore.Very predictable, but still a fun, enjoyable read.

  • Heather
    2019-03-12 13:51

    I wish this book had been a little less predictable, especially now that I am the unwitting owner of this book! Once again, I left a book out (when will I learn) to have my cat not only discover the book but chew on it enough that the library felt I needed to buy them a new one. Thanks Eddie! Anyhow, the book was good and kept me entertained but it was pretty easy to see where the story would end up. It was interesting to read a little slice of celebrity life as I think many people would love that life of glamour. But it's a pretty ugly life behind the scenes and this book showed a bit of that. I also found the title to be a little mis-leading. There wasn't a lot of surfing at all in the book - mostly life with a celebrity and then a touch of surfing towards the end. Additionally, I sincerely doubt the few days of surfing 'healed' the lead character of the end of a 7 year marriage that ended in infidelity - however, I suppose it was a fitting conclusion for someone from Hollywood to have.

  • Madison (Madi) Evemy
    2019-02-17 07:39

    Okay so first off I was looking for a short novel after deciding to take a break from a series I was reading and that is exactly what I got. Now I am not a huge romantic but I do like some romance in my books, this was nothing but romance but if romance is your thing you might like this book. It was all-around pretty decent I got a little confused when you would start the next chapter and we had skipped a couple months but also if it wasn't written that way you would probably have a lot of irrelevant things. Basically this is a story were you think the main character has found her always and forever but it turns out her husband was a total jerk, although the goodbye they shared made him seem a little less of a jerk. Anyway in the last approx. 60 pages the main character truly finds herself and falls in love and .... So this is a book I would recommend to a romantic or to someone who wants a short read for summer. So I'm giving this book 3 spot on perfect summer romance love story stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Mary (BookHounds)
    2019-02-17 11:43

    Emma is struggling financially, loses her scholarship and moves to Hollywood. She gets a job as a PA on a movie set and ends up marrying the star. Her fairytale ending doesn't go quite as planned since she discovers her husband cheating on her with her best friend. She ends up running away to Mexico where she discovers surfing and the connection with the ocean that repairs her heart as well as her mind. This rags to riches story is just a perfect summertime read that hits a lot of marks perfectly.Emma is very likable and it is easy to see how such a nice girl gets wrapped up in the Hollywood lifestyle. She at least remains true to herself even though she does buy into the dream, which turns into a nightmare. Her journey of self discovery in nicely played with the background of surfing. I haven't read a book like this with such a unique twist. I have a feeling that the author used some personal experiences in the writing of this one since she married Billy Joel. I really enjoyed this one.

  • ILoveBooks
    2019-02-28 06:52

    The fist quality of the novel the reader will notice is how likable the main character, Emma, is. Emma undergoes several major changes in her life and the reader gets to experience them right alongside her. The reader may think that losing her scholarship and gaining the star in a movie would be almost a great thing to happen; however, not much in life is ever that perfect. The worst betrayal that can happen to a husband and wife happens to Emma-her husband cheats on her with her best friend. Emma's response it to leave the situation. She runs to Mexico where she experiences more self-discovery through surfing. The author connects Emma's love of the ocean to self-discovery very nicely, there is no confusion for the reader. Emma even gets to find potential love again. This book was a great summertime read, published around the perfect time to truly enjoy this novel. This novel is recommended for adults who enjoy novels detailing self-discovery.I received a copy to review, this in no way alters my opinion.

  • Aylin Barreto
    2019-03-13 08:47

    The book Groundswell by Katie Lee is about this ordinary nobody that falls in love with the famous movie star “Garret Walker”. Time passes and she finds herself falling more in love with him each and every day. Throughout the book it explains how hard it is for her to acclimate to the “fame life”. What I most enjoyed was her awkwardness in moments where she felt she didn't belong. I felt that it was very cute how she went from an ordinary life to glitz and glam. Although she could get anything, she still wanted to be the same ordinary girl. I wish there was a sequel to the book. I would really love and enjoy to know what happens with her life after she meets the beach boy.“Emma, there are more fish in the sea than anyone ever pulled out of it” (page 55) When I read this I thought of a girl who is broken hearted, thinking that there is no guy out there to make her happy. But in reality there is billions, one after another she just needs to find the right one.

  • Peebee
    2019-03-17 09:03

    Frothy chick lit about a girl from Kentucky who's plucked out of nowhere by a older movie star who marries have to wonder how fictional this is, since it's written by Katie Lee, Billy Joel's ex-wife. It was all kind of predictable, but basically harmless. I do feel badly for Pamela Ribon though, whose blurb on the book had her name misspelled. I met Ribon at a book signing of Going in Circles which is about how roller derby saved her life (can't imagine why I loved it so) and think more highly of her writing skills than Katie Lee's. But Groundswell was a quick and easy read that wasn't a complete waste of time, so it's all OK.

  • Sami
    2019-03-12 07:57

    Well....I don't want to bag on a first-time-published author. Actually, she's published cookbooks but you know what I mean. Anyhoo, I did not care for this book at all. It seemed like she was telling a version of her life-being an ex of Billy Joel, and all. Write what you know. It was the whole "aw, shucks why would a celebrity pick lil ol' me?" story. I thought it was pretty amazing how quickly she came to terms with her cheating husband who she was supposedly SO in love with, only to screw the surf instructor in Mexico a week later and "fall for him" too. I found myself rolling my eyes thinking "uh, does this surf instructor feel the same way or are you just being crazy?". It all felt immature and...lacking. Sorry. Clearly it's not for me but others my enjoy it.

  • Liz
    2019-02-22 07:56

    This was a perfectly serviceable 'beach read.' Very standard fairy tale escapism -- young and broke girl meets movie star, marries him, lives happily ever after. I admit I was curious to read it only because I knew it was written by Katie Lee - the ex wife of Billy Joel, and I assumed that given the overlap of personal history there was a fighting chance of it being pretty good (write what you know and all that.) She did a good job - this isn't the best book you'll ever read (I finished it in a day and will have forgotten it in a week), but it's good for a lazy summer day.

  • Alyssa Williams
    2019-03-08 13:01

    The Name Of This Story Is Called: "Groundswell" So You Think That The Story Would Be Mostly About Surfing And Of Course Romance Romance Yes... Surfing Maybe Only 3 ChaptersThis Book Is Most Definitely Not One Of My FavoriteAbout A Woman Who Can Falls Head Over Hills Too Fast And Of Course It Is Not A Happy Ever After Well That's Until You Finally Get To The End Which Is Only A Few Chapters And The Best Part Of Story...If You Are Into Super Cheesy Run On Forever About A Story You Already Knew How It Would Ended NovelWell..This Is For You

  • Kenny
    2019-02-21 10:40

    Okay... Groundswell by Katie Lee. I originally found this book searching for Billy Joel. I also usually read biographies/auto-biographies, but decided to read what Katie had to say. Now, there's a billion other reviews with the plot, so I'll just say that this book had me laughing and crying. There are lots of cliffhangers, and it's a great book if you want a sentemental story to read. It's DEFINATELY a must summer read. For me it's 5 stars ***** because I couldn't really find anything wrong with it...Yes! I wish Katie could put out another novel!!!!

  • Cindie Harp
    2019-03-15 10:04

    somewhere between 2 and 3 stars -- a nice beach read for someone who doesn't want to think too hard. The story moves along, the dialgoue is believable for the early 20's crowd she is trying to evoke. The elephant in the room (and the reason I read this, truth be told) is the specter of Billy Joel, the author brief May December marriage and the divorce that followed. I found myself wondering whom the minor yet integral characters were "inspired" by and how much life with Billy Joel was like this.

  • Ervina
    2019-03-03 12:53

    Groundswell is an amazing summer read! Although I started too lose interest halfway through the book, and I knew it would be worth it to finish it. I was right about that, because I loved the ending and Emma's trip to Mexico. As the description states, this novel is definitely captivating and about how losing everything you thought you wanted can be the first step to finding what you need. I recommend it! Great work Katie Lee!

  • Charlotte
    2019-03-16 05:44

    I am a devoted Chick Lit reader. I am more than willing to give any Chick Lit novel a chance. I am even willing to overlook bad writing for a fun plot or good characters. I love the ones that are unique and have unique, spunky characters. I am sorry to say that Groundswell was very mundane and cliche as far as Chick Lit novels go.http://charlotteswebofbooks.blogspot....

  • Zidana
    2019-03-06 07:55

    Lovely cover art and a relaxing summer novel about a woman's self discovery. It seemed the book is divided into two sections - young, struggling college dropout that marries and has her dreams realized and mature writer, no longer dependent on her husband and doesn't feel the need to accept his infidelity. I enjoyed both story plots, but felt the latter sent a welcome message of staying with someone based on mutual respect and how they treat you rather than what they can provide.

  • Natasha
    2019-03-08 11:37

    I wasn't really sure if I would like the book, but I won it from a website. I really enjoyed it, though. The main character is likeable and grows. The book is kind of short, and her relationship with Ben is a little rushed. I enjoyed the book and read it in one day to find out what would happen!

  • Allie Smith
    2019-03-06 06:38

    I loved it. Very quick read (only 220 pgaes), easliy read in a day. The setting of the celebrity world in NYC is hard to resist. The love story of Garrett and Emma is wonderful. I fell for him and got all caught up in his glittery world, just like Emma. Then my heart broke just like hers, when it all fell apart. The ending was bittersweet.

  • Kristy
    2019-02-20 09:48

    Such a cute little book. Good for Katie Lee. I'm sure I especially liked it because I've been surfing all summer myself and I live in L.A. I know it's considered "chick lit" but she knows L.A. you can tell and she doesn't write a bunch of fluff and bullshit, just simply what it is. Yep, one with the ocean is good.