Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review: The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: June 23, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Source: Print ARC 
Rating: 3.5 Stars

As we like to say in the south: "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."

Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love—until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to.

When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It's the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It's an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what's a little white lie between strangers?
But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?

The Idea of Love is a hopeless romantics dream book. It has a swoon-worthy hero and a beautiful heroine that you can't help but love. Along with the romance and love, we also see deceit. Hunter is a screenwriter looking for the next big hit since the two he did in hr last weren't successful as he would have liked. Then he meets Ella, and it's there's at he believes he's got the story; the one. But neither one of them are truthful. Instead they're hiding behind who they're not; perfect. 

As the story unfolds the more the lies start adding up and messing with their lives. All Ella wants is her "life" back, not realizing that things happen for a reason. All Hunter wants is a love story worth telling. However will these two be able to come to terms with their lies and most importantly themselves? I had a little trouble getting into the story but once it picked up, I starting liking it. I was absolutely horrified and heartbroken over Ella's story. I hate that she had to lie so she wouldn't feel so much like a loser. The fool that is a her husband is a loser!

Hunter was a great character to read about. I didn't completely connect that well with him but for the
most part he was okay. I liked how Ella and he interacted even if it was mixed with lies. I think the
writing is both charming yet simplistic. Overall, I think this would be a great pick for you if you're a huge fan of contemporary romance. It's for readers that love flawed characters that grow throughout the book. And in the end they are so much better for the hardships they had to go through. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestelling novelist of eleven novels. Her latest is THE IDEA OF LOVE with St. Martins Press. 
Patti grew up as a Minister’s daughter, learning early how storytelling effects our lives. She grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod where she began her love affair with the beach, ocean, tides and nature of the coast. Moving south at the tender age of twelve, she found solace in books and stories. While attending Auburn University, she met a southern boy who later proposed on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, next to a historic lighthouse overlooking the Sound. After earning her Master’s degree in Child Health, Patti worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist until her first child was born.

Patti is a full time writer, wife and mother living with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama. 

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