|Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM|
Hello, my fellow readers!
What a crazy six months it’s been! We spent November packing and getting over the stomach flu, we moved in early December, and then I put on my party planner hat: we had two Christmas dinners, Alec’s big-fat-Greek baptism, then his first birthday. We made it through these chaotic and beautiful moments, and now I’m back to reading and reviewing. (I missed it here!)
Back in November when I was sick and in bed, my husband handed me a package. I was thrilled to see it was an Amazon box, and I knew immediately what was inside. I’d been waiting for it eagerly…
The Look of Love by Sarah Jio (from publisher’s website): “Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.”
I read this book in a day! Despite my fever, despite dehydration, I had to keep reading. That’s how much I cared about these characters, which I believe speaks to how carefully the author sketched them. And when a book is this “unputdownable,” it means the author crafted the suspense well—Sarah Jio always does, quite honestly.
What really hooked me are the unique aspects of the story—the touch of magic, and the characters with stories that are raw and true to life. This book reminds us that love has many different forms, and it isn’t always easy. It reminds us that while many love stories end happily, some do not—all the more reason to appreciate love, and embrace it when we find it, or keep searching for it.
I give this novel my highest recommendation. It moved me to tears, and I can only say that about a handful of books. Enjoy!
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