Jan 15, 2015

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio

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. 

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Florist Jane has problems with her eyesight. She's been told that she has a rare condition. As she's been to the hospital so many times her neurologist has been like a second mother for her since her own mother passed away. Christmas is a difficult time for Jane and she doesn't want to celebrate it. The same goes for her birthday, which is on the same day. Her friends and family try to include her, but she doesn't want to have any company. On her 29th birthday she receives a mysterious postcard though. She doesn't know what to think, but she decides to visit the sender. When she hears her eyesight problem is no illness, but a gift that has been passed on from one generation to the next, she has problems to believe it. Before her 30th birthday Jane has to identify the six types of love. It means that she has to observe the people around her looking for signs. Is Jane going to remain skeptical or will she believe in her own abilities? And will there be love for her as well or is she only allowed to see someone else's happiness? 
The Look of Love is a story about a rare ability to see love. I really liked that idea. Jane is a caring and kind person who's a romantic at heart. As soon as she knows about her gift she wants to help others with it, but she isn't sure if interfering would actually be helping them. What will she do, will she embrace her gift or not? It was great to find out the answer to that question. The Look of Love follows Jane and the people she's watching for a year. A lot can happen in that time and Jane doesn't only observe, she's also experiencing. Jane meets someone at her brother's party and she falls in love with him, but can she trust him? I kept wondering and just had to keep reading to find out. The Look of Love is romantic without becoming sugary, which is such a great achievement of the author. Sarah Jio has written a beautiful story with a wonderful ending.  

 

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