BOOK CLUB: The Tiger Catcher

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Author: Paullina Simons
ISBN: 9780732294922
RRP: $32.99
Publication Date: 15 April 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Tiger Catcher is the first novel in the brand new End Of Forever saga by bestselling Paullina Simons.

A little bit of reading about this one has me discovering that unlike most sagas that have you waiting and waiting for the next instalment the End Of Forever saga sees ALL THREE books published in 2019.

Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles until a love affair with Josephine turns his world upside down. Josephine is a mysterious young woman carrying secrets that will tear them apart.

Here begins the adventure that spans lifetimes, a timeless love story that will take readers from the loftiest heights of joy to the deepest darkest despair and back.

This one is marketed for fans of Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Jojo Moyes.

I look forward to hearing what our members thought.

Available now from Harper Collins and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harper Collins 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading The Tiger Catcher so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

16 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Tiger Catcher

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight? Soulmates? Fate? Love that can transcend time and space?

    Julian doesn’t, not until one night when a lost chauffeur means Nicole Kidman’s understudy takes the stage before him at the theatre, and he is enraptured by the beautiful Josephine. A chance meeting a few months later and his love, and fate, is sealed. But is his new lover all she seems? What secrets is she keeping from him?
    Uncovering the truth, and then an accident, result in Julian fleeing his past, crossing continents and leaving his friends and family behind. His life is spiraling out of control until a mysterious encounter in a bar leads to the possibility of a second chance at love. Will he take it?

    I thought the premise of this book was interesting, it kind of reminded me of the Outlander series crossed with Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. I did however find myself skim reading some passages, there were bits that were a bit overblown and unnecessarily descriptive.

    I liked Julian’s character, in that I think he was perhaps meant to be a bit odd and selfish, but honestly I found Josephine shallow and found it hard to understand what it is about her that Julian loves so much. I guess that’s the point of soulmates, there’s just ‘something’ about them that is inherently attractive to the other person, even if you can’t see it yourself. I enjoyed the last 1/3 of the book much more than the first 2/3, the first part seemed like it was just telling the backstory for the main part of the book, and the books to come.

    All in all, not a particularly easy book to get in to, it took me several weeks of stopping and starting to get through it, which is unusual for me, and I probably won’t be rushing out to buy the second and third books, but it interested me enough that I will probably read them one way or another, just to see what happens. Many thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read The Tiger Catcher in return for my honest review.

  2. I was ecstatic to be selected for Paullina Simons latest novel ‘The Tiger Catcher’. I had read the Bronze Horseman series about 10 years ago and these remain my number 1 favorite books. I eagerly awaited and had high expectations of this new novel, knowing that Simons is an amazing storyteller.

    The Tiger Catcher is a ‘love knows no bounds’ kind of story. Julian meets Josephine and he is immediately head over heels. Their brief turbulent love affair is a roller coaster of emotions and escapades.

    The Tiger Catcher takes the reader in an interesting direction. However, it pains me to say it took three quarters of the book for me to begin enjoying it. Being a huge fan, I really wanted to devour this book like so many of Simons’ others. I am inclined to read the next books in the series to see how the saga continues.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace Book Club and Harper Collins Publishers for the reading and reviewing opportunity.

  3. This book was a delightful boy meets girl story that encompasses different periods. Fans of Jojo Moyes will revel in this very human and romantic story. Prepare to be dazzled by the complexity and rich characterisation. 🙂

  4. I loved the Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons, so I was very looking forward to starting another trilogy of hers; the Tiger Catcher.

    The romance between Julian and Josephine really grew on me after a slow start in the beginning. I was a bit unsure about the timelessness aspect of their romance, however grew to enjoy it. I did feel like the story ended just as I was getting into it however, so will anticipate the next two books- however think will wait until both of them are released to read together- and I’ll most likely have to go back and re-read the first book as a refresher…the beauty of coming to a series late like the Bronze Horseman was that they were all released by the time someone had recommended them to me.
    As the book was recommended for fans of Outlander I think I’ll have to try that while waiting for the next 2 books to be released. Overall, I did enjoy the book and would recommend to others.

    Thanks to Beauty & Lace and Harper Collins for the chance to review.

  5. From the moment I read Tully I feel in love with Paullina Simons, and have loved every novel she has ever written. This book is very different from what she had previously written; although I enjoyed the book it did fall short of the spark of which I have accustomed to with her novels.

    Julian is a blogger who lives a full life in Los Angeles. He is successful, handsome, and young with a full social life. When he meets Josephine it is love at first sight and their world becomes a fairy-tale romance. Josephine has many secrets that threaten to tear them apart and a tragic loss sends Julian into a spiral downward of grief and disconnection from family and friends.
    Julian meets a stranger who tells him he can find Josephine if he is willing to give up everything. Julian struggles with the thought of leaving everyone behind and everything he has accomplished, but his want and love to find Josephine sends him on a new journey. How many of us can say we would risk it all for love but that is what Julian did.

    I’m hoping the next two books will bring me more feelings of emotion with the characters and wanting to turn the page and not put the book down like The Bronze Horseman but I suggest that if you love Paullina as much as I do then it is a definite read.

    Thank you to Harper Collins and B&L for the opportunity to read and review.

  6. I had high hopes for The Tiger Catcher, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into the story despite several attempts. Perhaps it’s a matter of it being not the right book at this time and I may come back to it again at a later date and think differently (I hope so) but after parking it on several occasions already I’ve had to make the difficult decision to DNF it at this stage.

    I couldn’t connect with the characters, Julian came across as an infatuated love-sick puppy and Josephine just seemed quite unlikeable. I couldn’t find believable love and romance to keep me invested and I am just left feeling quite flat. Others have said it improves in the last quarter, building up for the following books, so I’m open to giving The Tiger Catcher another chance in the future.

    Thank you to HarperCollins and Beauty & Lace for the chance to review.

  7. Having read a few of Paullina Simons books before, I was excited by the prospect of The Tiger Catcher. Julian is young, handsome, and lives a successful life in the USA. His life changes following an encounter with Josephine – a young woman with an interesting background. While this started as a Hollywood whirlwind romance that had me slightly interested … it continued into something I couldn’t quite work out. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I am not a lover of fantasy so I think this is where it lost me. I struggled along until Part 3 and have now stopped.

    The back of the book says ‘for all fans of Jojo Moyes and Outlander’ – I am not sure about this – I love many of Jojo Moyes books but really couldn’t put this one in the same category. And (gasp) I have never read/watched Outlander.

    I might give it another go later, but I am sorry to say that this book wasn’t for me. That said, I read a bunch of reviews where people loved it – so if you love fantasy and something a little different then maybe this is one for you.

    I would like to thank Beauty and Lace as well as Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. I chose this book (again) because of the title. I love cats, and the word “tiger” was what made the selection for me. The book was finally delivered are two failed attempts and I was super keen to get started. The cover was pretty with the little hint of the Hollywood hills. Upon reading the profile of the author inside, I was delighted to know it was the same author that wrote Tully. I read this book when it was released, back in 1994, and really liked it, so I was eager to start another by Paullina.

    The Tiger Catcher is unusual to say the least. It has adventure, romance, time travel …..

    Starting out, I couldn’t put it down. The writing was great, the characters were engaging and the series of events were interesting and fast paced. I was loving it.

    Then around page 240 it became monotonous. Chapters 29 – 32 could have been condensed down to 3 or 4 pages. The dialogue was shallow and I really struggled to get through it. Fortunately, the story improved from Chapter 33-34 onward and the story-line became interesting again with the travel back in time.

    In my opinion, the ending was cut short. I guess that was intentional so you have to read the next book in the series ; )

    I wouldn’t highly recommend it, but I wouldn’t completely reject it either – it’s somewhere in between.

    Thank you Beauty & Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to not only read so many amazing novels but give reviews too. Joining B&L was the best decision ever! (Thanks NS-C for the recommendation)

  9. Thank you for the Beauty and Lace Book club for sending me this book to review.

    I found The Tiger Catcher by Paulina Simons to be an interesting read.

    It is the story of the obsessive love the main character has for Josephine and how his life changes and evolves once he meets her.

    I enjoyed the first half of the book but lost interest in the second half of the book. That being said I would be interested to read the second and third book of the series to see what happens.

  10. Thankyou for sending me this book. I love Paulina Simon’s so was excited to pick The Tiger Catcher Up,the first in her new trilogy The End of Forever saga, The story centers around Julian and his love affair with Josephine, and we journey through love,, adventure and time travel….this was a bit of a tricky one to review, it features at times some great writing and storylines but i didnt really fall in love with the characters or become invested in their love story,I think because I didnt read this all in one sitting. I am willing to read the next one though.

  11. I’m a huge fan of Paulina Simons’ work, so I jumped on the opportunity to review this book. Unfortunately I was left a little underwhelmed. The story is based around a character named Julian who has an obsessive love toward Josephine. We follow his life and all the changes that come as he pursues his love interest.
    It was a little hard to engage in this book and it took a little while for the story to pick up. In saying that, it got more interesting toward the end and the storyline picked up. I would be interested to read the next series to see what happens.

    Thank you to Harper Collins and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this book.

  12. I read The Bronze Horseman years ago and was quite excited to get to review Paulina Simons’ new book. Like everyone else, I did find the beginning a bit hard to get into. I didn’t realise it was going to be a trilogy which is probably what made the ending feel a bit abrupt. However, in saying that, it could be the reason to read the next 2 books.

    I was kind of hoping the love story between Julian and Josephine would have that heartbreaking emotional pull like The Time Traveler’s Wife but like what a lot of the other reviewers have said, the two J’s love story doesn’t seem to really gel.

  13. I was so excited to read The Tiger Catcher as I am a huge Paulina Simons fan and have loved every book of hers I’ve read.
    Unfortunately after many stops and starts I just couldn’t continue reading the book. I couldn’t connect with it at all.
    I didn’t find the characters likeable and it really seemed to drag on. I will give it another go in the future because I know it’s just the start of a trilogy.
    A huge thank you to Harper Collins and Beauty and Lace for the chance to review the book, I’m just so sorry I couldn’t finish it.

  14. First of all thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book.

    Paullina Simons has been one of my favourite authors since I was a teenager and I own every single one of her books, so when I spotted this on the list I was so excited to be able to select and receive this book.

    When it arrived I could’ve screamed in excitement and quickly opened the book to devour it. Unfortunately it took me almost half the book to even get interested in reading it, unlike Paullinas other books, it just didn’t grab me the way they did, and I don’t know why.

    From about half way though my interest did pike up, and I got to like Julian a little bit. I must admit that I didn’t find Josephine very likeable, and thought of Julian as a bit lovesick and uncharacteristic before that. But after his addiction came to light and the story started changing I did come to like it a lot more.

    I loved the story of Devi, however I did find it hard to understand what was going on, as in how the time travel supposedly worked and what Devi was talking about that the couldn’t travel again himself.

    Overall I didn’t love the book, however now I have read the first one I will be reading the second to see if that changes my opinion. Having read other reviews I see that I’m not the only one with these feelings, so makes me feel a bit better that I was not alone in this.

    Look forward to reading the next one!

  15. Thank you for the opportunity of reading Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons. I think the readers of this book would be clearly separated into two camps – you would either love it or not enjoy it all. Sadly I was in the category of not enjoying it. It was hard going to finish it. Time travel is hard to pull off in a story and I don’t think the author achieved it.

  16. I have read Paullina Simons before and enjoyed the writing & story. I also enjoyed many time travellers so I was quite excited to start reading. Unfortunately, The Tiger Catcher was just not for me. I I tried a few times unsuccessfully, I think the love story and the slow momentum at the start of the book did not work for me.
    Thank you to Harper Collins and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this book.

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