Sunday, 14 August 2016

Everything Love Is – by Claire King

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

From the author of The Night Rainbow: a poignant, mysterious and unforgettable story of love, and of the happy endings we conceive for ourselves.

Baptiste Molino has devoted his life to other people’s happiness. Moored on his houseboat on the edge of Toulouse, he helps his clients navigate the waters of contentment, yet remains careful never to make waves of his own.

Baptiste is more concerned with his past than his future: particularly the mysterious circumstances of his birth and the identity of his birth mother. But Sophie, the young waitress in his local bar, believes it is time for Baptiste to rediscover passion and leads him into the world on his doorstep he has long tried to avoid.

However, it is Baptiste’s new client who may end up being the one to change his perspective. Elegant and enigmatic, Amandine Rousseau is fast becoming a puzzle he longs to solve. As tensions rise on the streets of the city, Baptiste’s determination to avoid both the highs and lows of love begins to waver. And when his mother’s legacy finally reveals itself, he finds himself torn between pursuing his own happiness and safeguarding that of the one he loves.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I don’t really know where to start this review, because I really struggled with it. It got to a point, where I was ready to give up on it, but I didn’t. I guess I still had that little spark of curiosity in me.

The book was very confusing for me from the start. It’s not clear who is actually talking and yes I have to agree with the other reviews I have read, the confusion vanishes eventually, but that didn’t cut it for me. Suddenly everything clear and the story moves along, but somehow I was still not hooked. I probably expected a very different story after reading the blurb and that didn’t make it easier.

I found it hard to connect to the characters. Baptiste, Amandine and Sophie all have their story to tell and of course they are also linked, but I just didn’t get into the story at all. The story moved very slowly for me and I felt like nothing important happened.

I’m glad I finished it though, because that little spark of curiosity wanted to know what happens to the characters and I have to say that the last 100 pages were way more exciting than the rest of the book. It has a powerful message behind it, sadly I just couldn’t connect to it.

The title is actually perfect for this story, it really covers everything love is and shows us the good and the bad sides.


Claire on Twitter: @ckingwriter

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