Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Guest Review: The Book Lover by Maryann McFadden

The Book Lover by Maryann McFadden

Guest Review by Chris

Copy sent to review, all opinions are our own

Official Summary: Ruth Hardaway has had one passion all her life: books. For thirty years she's devoted her life to her book store, trying to bury her painful past. But now the store is in jeopardy, and the past is catching up with her. Lucinda Barrett lost everything in a life-shattering betrayal. Desperate, she goes after one last dream - to be an author. Alone and broke, she embarks on a journey, eventually landing on Ruth's doorstep. Ruth takes Lucy under her wing, championing her book and even offering her refuge at a nearby lake cabin. In return, she wants Lucy to keep an eye on her son, Colin, who's recovering from a war injury. As the two women grow closer and begin to face the past, neither has any idea that their toughest decisions lie ahead - or that their friendship is about to fall apart because of a little white lie.

Review: The Book Lover was a wonderful read. From the beginning, we are involved with the two main characters' journey in finding true happiness in themselves.

It's about betrayal, finding love where you least expect it, and the wonderful world of books that brings them together.

My favorite character is Ruth. She is a staple in her community, loves her family, truly devoted to her book store and her employees. Ruth has loved and has endured loss. I really enjoyed how she decided to let her feelings for a man, who she knew her family wouldn't approve of, not stop her from finding love again.

Another thing I did like throughout the book was the character, Colin, came back from the Iraq War with a dramatic injury. I thought how he was portrayed was very thoughtful and telling. We felt his emotions. Having a son in the military, it was very heartfelt.


elena said...

This sounds like a lovely book! I love that you could feel Colin's emotions and it felt realistic. :)

Rachel said...

This sounded like a truly moving story! I've never even seen this book. Thanks for bringing attention to it with your lovely review. :)

Erika said...

This sounds like such a powerful, moving story. Gorgeous review! :)

Sam said...

I haven't come across this before but it sounds like a memorable read. Great review!

Medeia Sharif said...

Thanks for sharing your review. Book Lover sounds like a great story and an emotional read.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Wow! This could be the story of my life. LOL

Sounds like the kind of story that pulls at your heart strings. I like that.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This really sounds heartfelt. Makes me nervous. I hate to cry and it looks like I'd shed at least one tear. :) Oh maybe I'll suck it up and try it! ;)

Hilda K said...

Awesome review! <3 This book sounds amazing and a tear-jerking material! I really like it that you said it's the wonderful world of books that brings them together. I think this is a must read for any book lover then! x)

Definitely checking this out later! :)

Sassy Shopper Reviews said...

Great review, sounds like a good book!