Groundswell by Katie Lee
Publisher: Gallery Books
From the cover:
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. 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.
Groundswell by Katie Lee was not what I was expecting when I first read the synopsis for it and I don’t mean to say that in a bad way or anything.
The story starts with Emma discovering her husband’s infidelity at the Metropolitan Gala before flashing back to the start of Emma and Garrett’s relationship. Emma was just an intern hoping for a job to pay the bills and Garrett was a big time actor, who swept her off her feet. The story then flashes forward skipping the years where they were happily married to each other to present day where Emma tries to pick up the remaining pieces of her life and figure out what to do next.
My problem with this book is that I felt like too much of it was in the past. I wished this book took place more in the present. I was hoping to read more about Emma’s journey towards recovery and putting her life back together in Mexico. I felt like the ending of the book came too soon and that her recovery happened almost instantly. She barely settled in to Mexico and then bam she’s ready to love again. A part of me understands why Lee included all the stuff that happened before the relationship fell apart, but the other part of me wished she focused more on the after rather than the before.
It wasn’t a bad book or anything, but it was definitely a light and easy beach read if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s one of those books that if you have time for it, then read it, but if you pass it up for another book, you won’t be missing much.