Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio

by:  Sarah Jio
published by:  Plume
publish date:  November 25, 2014

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.

It's no secret I'm a huge Sarah Jio fan.  I'm not a chick lit reader, but there a couple of writers that I will make an exception for and she's one of them.  I've had some issues with her last few books.  It seems like they're trying to pump out her books too fast.  I don't know who's schedule it is, but slow it down and make the product better.

The Look of Love is about Jane.  She has terrible vision problems all her life.  Doctors are confounded by her problems and can't come up with a solution to correct them.  One day a mysterious woman comes to her and explains that her she can see love.  Because she can see love between others, she must learn about it about identify the 6 different types before her next birthday.

All that part of the book was great.  What I didn't care for was that the book took a huge leap.  It went from she finds out about this thing and dealing with it to her next birthday.  There was like nothing about the whole year in between.  A little fleshing out of the story would have been nice.

I keep having quibbles with Jio's book, but I still keep reading them.  Her stories are good and I think they well represent Seattle.  She makes it seem like such a lovely place.

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