Thursday, March 14, 2013

On Tour and a Tour Giveaway: Love in Translation by Sara Palacios

Still reeling from the unexpected breakup with David, Emily nurses her broken heart by spending time with her best friends and taking one-too-many vodka shots. After one long night, she takes a good, hard look at herself in the mirror and doesn't like what she sees. She realizes that she has sacrificed too much in her failed relationships from the past and vows to never settle for anything less than almost-perfect again.

As she picks up the pieces and regains her confidence, a sexy Spanish chef moves in across the hall and completely knocks her off her feet. What ensues is an unexpected and tantalizing affair that opens her eyes, and her heart, to a whole new world and leaves her feeling sexier than she has ever felt. Emily finally sees how easy love is supposed to be. Is happily-ever-after actually possible?

Just when she starts to think so, she realizes that sometimes life gets more complicated before it gets easier. And complicated is an understatement when Steven (her best and oldest friend) confesses his love for her. Everything spirals out of control as Emily must make a choice between love and friendship, and in doing so, possibly risk it all.

LOVE IN TRANSLATION, is a modern day love story about following your heart to unexpected places and taking chances in life … because sometimes you will find exactly what you are looking for. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Love in Translation ~~

Once again I was sucked in by a beautiful cover. I really am easily swayed, both positively and negatively, by a book cover. I sometimes wonder how many really great books I have missed because the cover doesn't do anything for me. Well, the cover of Love in Translation really grabbed me. And then I read the synopsis and was very intrigued. And THEN after I signed up for the tour, I found out that the author is none other than Sara Palacios, otherwise known as the Chick Lit Plus Assistant. I love Chick Lit Plus and all that they do so I was excited to read Sara's book!

And I have to say that I was not disappointed! Love in Translation is a wonderfully well written story that I did not want to stop reading. It certainly does not read like someone's first novel. The writing is so beautiful and flowing and it kept me wanting to read more. I was so happy that I was on vacation when I read this book and was able to read it all in one day! I love it when that can happen; you've got all the time in the world to read and then you find a really great story to lose yourself in.

The story is full of relationships and love. First there's Emily and her soon to be ex-boyfriend, David. Emily and her best friend from long ago, Steven. And are they just best friends? Or is there something more there? Then there's Emily's good friends Deana and Sophie, who are there for her, in good times and in bad. And then, what about Andres, the gorgeous Spanish guy who just moved in across the hall? Is he good for Emily or not? And then, of course there is the strained relationship between daughter and mother. This story covers them all.

And as far as the love part of it goes, I was never really sure who Emily was going to end up with until the end. She had some tough decisions to make and a lot of feelings to work through. But I am really happy with the way everything turned out.

As I said before, Love in Translation is a fabulous story that I would recommend to all of you who love a great story, full of wonderful people and their complicated lives. I can't wait to see what Sara writes next. I will definitely want to read it!

About the author

Sara Palacios is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Advertising and a minor in English Literature. It was during her time in college that she really fell in love with the written word and ventured into writing her own stories. In addition to writing, Sara spends a majority of her time reading the works of other authors. She reads most genres – but thoroughly enjoys chick-lit, women’s and historical fiction.

When she isn't busy reading or writing, Sara enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is happily married, the owner of two precious doggies and a new mom to a handsome baby boy. Sara is also an avid animal-lover, runner, yoga enthusiast, wannabe vegan, USA soccer fan, foodie and fashion blog-lover and Christian.

Connect with Sara

Purchase Love in Translation

Amazon: Print or eBook
Barnes and Noble: eBook
Kobo: eBook

**Everyone who leaves a comment on the CLP Blog Tour page (click here) will be entered to win the Love in Translation prize package!

Prize package includes:

6 pack eau de parfum from Victoria's Secret, $10 gift card to Target and the following items from Bath and Body Works: Carried Away shower gel, 3 oz. Sparkling Blackberry Woods lotion, small stress relief candle and small White barn candle.

Anyone who purchases their copy of Love In Translation before April 1 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries. Please note this is open to US residents only.**


  1. This is an amazing review and I am so thankful that you enjoyed the story and the characters. Thank you so much for being part of my tour!!


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