Kait Nolan’s “To Get Me To You” teaches us how to be brave

Kait Nolan gives us raw, bold and inspiring novels that empower us, teach us to be brave and remind us that it doesn’t make us weak to ask for help. Her books provide sweet romances and friendships whilst showing the difficulties in finding yourself and how to overcome these difficulties in order to be yourself. She teaches us to follow our own hearts, and not to let anyone else carve our path for us. And To Get Me To You is no different.

Just a city girl, living in a lonely world.

Displaced Steel Magnolia Norah Burke doesn’t know the meaning of failure. But when she threatens to blow the whistle on some shady business practices at her Chicago marketing firm, she gets fired fast as all get out. Licking her wounds, she heads back below the Mason-Dixon for a little home-grown Southern comfort.

Just a small town boy.

With his iron-clad Mississippi roots, Councilman Cam Crawford is a man who values tradition, preservation, and the love of a good dog. When a big box warehouse store tries to capitalize on his hometown’s economic downturn, it seriously burns his biscuit. He’s not about to let anyone’s ambition destroy what he holds dear.

A David vs. Goliath story with a side of grits.

This unlikely pair just might be the perfect allies–in war and out. But as the battle to stop GrandGoods heats up and sparks of attraction turn to something more, will Norah’s bigger-picture perspective go with Cam’s “keep it as it is” attitude? Are they meant to be like biscuits and gravy? Or are they just as wrong as unsweetened tea?

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To Get Me To You is the first novel in Nolan’s Wishful series. Nolan writes in a way that draws me into the story. Even though these character experiences were far out of my realm of experience, I felt them. I believed them. And now I know the characters of Wishful, and I’m ready to return to the town again and again.

It is such a sweet and charming book with interesting characters and a cute setting. I loved the romance between the two main characters and the plot was very different to any other I had read recently. It is full of people’s emotions, commitments, life choices, mistakes, heartbreak and healing. Suspense keeps you reading, and shows the struggles of small towns and how important citizen’s involvement is and how it’s crucial to its survival.

Although Nolan admitted that there is no “deeper meaning” to her novel in a recent interview for Page by Paige, saying any messages a reader takes says more about them than it does her work, I still felt as though there was a deeper message there beyond the obvious ones.

This was the idea that being brave isn’t about not being afraid of something, but believing that that thing is worth the fear and is more essential than being scared.

In the second half of To Get Me To You, Nolan writes:

“Courage isn’t the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important.”
— Kait Nolan, To Get Me To You

This is a good lesson to learn because fear holds us, as human beings, back more than anything else does. The best way to live our life is to think “What would I do if I wasn’t scared?” then do that.

You know, sometimes all you need is twenty second of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery, and I promise you, something great will come of it.

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