TeriLyn's thoughts: **To See You generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
Rachel Blaufeld's ability to write distinctly unique romance stories constantly and pleasantly surprises me. She takes contemporary romance to different level by circumventing cliche plot tropes and characterizations. Her first person POV writing style always grabs your attention from the very beginning feeling a connection the characters almost immediately, even it's a connection you may not want to admit.
In To See You, Blaufeld takes two career-oriented people, one a stressed out busy body and the other a laid back pleaser, and pitches them together in the unlikely event sparks will fly. It's not a love at first sight story but rather the story of an unassumingly lonely pair who find something each other they're missing in their own lives. Quite unexpectedly hero and heroine, Layton and Charli respectively, aren't what you find in your average romance novel. Layton isn't an uber alpha but he's not quite a beta either. He's a regular man with normal thoughts and proclivities not heightened for effect. Charli's a more typical A-type woman you meet in everyday life. Yet each of them possess traits to make you understand and support them. Judgements are passed unfairly and feelings are hurt yet from the rubble of that comes a lovely friendship.
They way in which Blaufeld demonstrates the development of their relationship makes you feel like you're reading about two normal people rather an unattainable goal or dream relationship. She humanizes her characters to show weaknesses and vulnerabilities as much as strengths or maybe even a little more. The ability to feel and forgive is a big theme in her books and provides this very real, human element especially in To See You.
This book is lovely. The characters as much charming as they are faulted. The prose flows from beginning to end creating an entertaining romance reading experience. Blaufeld's writing style doesn't labor over angst but rather provides it in short blasts making it so simple to get lost in her words. I fell hard for Layton and Charli rooting for them until the end. I loved what they discovered together. To See You is heart-warmingly real stand alone that I urge you to read.