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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE LOOK OF LOVE By Sarah Jio

Publisher:  Plume
Release Date:  November 25, 2014
Pages:  320
Genre:  Romance
                                                                                                                                                                    

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.


Wanda's Thoughts:   Jane was told that she must identify the six types of love before sunset on her 30th birthday. If she should fail to do this, she will lose the ability to experience love for herself. She was also told that she would be drawn to a child, on the day of her birth, and she would pass her powers onto her. But the circle must be completed by then. And the story unfolds as six couples experience love relationships.

The premise of the story had a lot of potential and I found myself enveloped in this magical storyline early on. However, as the book developed, it seemed to me to be a different style of writing than I’ve experienced in the past. I’ve read all of Sarah Jio’s books and have enjoyed them immensely. But this one was different. I didn’t approve of the couples who were already married and having an extra marital relationship. Also Flynn being attracted to a woman while watching her through his apartment window was not appealing to me. I’m sorry to say, it cheapened the storyline for me.

That being said, the book did have many redeeming qualities. Many of the characters were very personalized and wonderfully portrayed. There were many poignant moments where some tough choices had to be made – not all of those choices had happy endings. There was also emotion with conflict present throughout. The book is certainly readable and interesting, but in my opinion, just not one of Sarah Jio's exceptional reads. I personally like her old style of writing better. My rating is 3.5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:   Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of THE LAST CAMELLIA, BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011), THE BUNGALOW, and the forthcoming, MORNING GLORY (11/26/13), all from Penguin/Plume. Sarah is also the former health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com. She has written thousands of articles for national magazines including Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, and many others. She has appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition. Sarah lives in Seattle with her husband and their three young boys.