Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: The Look of Love, by Sarah Jio

The Look of Love is a heartwarming story containing a hefty dose of romance that will keep you satisfied.

Jane gets a strange letter on her birthday asking her to meet the writer at her apartment. Jane takes her friend, Lo, with her to meet the woman. Jane discovers that she has been gifted at birth with a special ability to see love. She's always been under the care of a doctor for problems she has with her vision temporarily going blurry or even worse. Now, she understands why this happens. Before her next birthday, Jane needs to find the six different kinds of love and write them in an old book the woman gives her. If she doesn't complete this task, she will never find true love for herself.

I know. Just go with it...

There are several different love stories explored. All the people are somehow associated with Jane. There is some heartbreak. Everything doesn't work out perfectly, which adds to the drama. It's interesting to read along and wonder how things are going to turn out for each of these couples.

The Seattle setting, the flowers, art, and baking that are woven into the story give it the Jio richness that pulls the reader in.

I'm a huge fan of Sarah Jio. She writes feel-good stories that really touch your heart. But, The Look of Love bordered on sappy. I found parts to be overly dramatic. In particular, I could have done without the drama of Jane needing surgery because she was losing brain function. I didn't see any evidence to support all the urgency of this diagnosis, which seemed to happen out of the blue after a lifetime of living with this condition. I didn't buy it.

While I would recommend The Look of Love if you enjoy a feel-good romance, this isn't my favorite Jio book. So if you are unfamiliar with this author try The Violets of March, Goodnight June, Morning Glory, Blackberry Winteror The Bungalow (my favorite) first.

Published by Plume, November 25, 2014
Copy obtained from NetGalley
320 pages

Rating: 4/5

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1 comment:

  1. Amazing review! Cant wait to check out this read! This will be added to my to read list right now. Thanks for sharing =) Keep in touch x

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