Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Love Book by Fiona O'brien- Book Review
In 1980, three school girls visit St. Valentine's shrine in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin to write their petitions for love. Abby,Vonnie and Diana have discovered that finding love was the easy bit- it's what to do with it once you've found it that's tricky...When Vonnie arrives home unexpectedly from her life in California, all three women are forced to examine their choices, loves and lives, which have proved surprising and, in some ways, precarious. So much for St. Valentine- if the saint has taught them anything about love, it's to be careful what you wish for...But real love is always a work in progress, and even life-long friends must learn to open their eyes- and especially their hearts- because St. Valentine has some unfinished business with them...
I really enjoy books that cover more than one time period. I loved getting a glimpse at the 3 best friends as young girls and kind of craved more of that, but I realize there was not enough time to get to know their teenage versions, otherwise there would not be enough pages to discover their depth as adults. I love that this novel shows real love- in all it's craziness- not just the sappy love that most books contain. Don't get me wrong, I am a sap myself and I do enjoy those happily ever after stories, but sometimes it's nice to just be real. There is one solid friendship between these three girls and all 3 of their adult lives and love stories are very interesting.Vonnie is complicated and trying to find her own way, Abby is complacent and just wants to see to it that everyone else is happy, while not stopping to think of herself and her own happiness in the process and Diana is the one everyone thinks they want to be, she is a little spoiled, but a good friend, but not without her own problems. I really enjoyed taking a peak into their strong bond in The Love Book.This is the first book I have read by Fiona O'brien and I definitely will seek out more of her work in the future.
I will caution my more conservative readers that there are a few steamy scenes sprinkled throughout, although nothing to graphic.
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*Disclaimer- I received a complimentary copy of The Love Book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opnions stated are 100% my own.