Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry & Giveaway

Published June 23, 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

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? 

My Thoughts…

Have you ever told a lie, just a little white one, that just kept building and building until it was an entire story?   That is what is happened to Ella and Hunter (aka Blake).    The story is cute, charming but proof of what all can go wrong when truths are not told.  

Ella thought she was in love with her husband, until he did her wrong and left her.    When she met Hunter, a writer looking to tell the tale of love, she spun her tale.   I believe she could not handle what was going on.   She had buried so much inside her, starting with the loss of her mother and continuing on with the break-up of her marriage.    Hunter is not truthful either.    He starts the lies of what his career is, who he is, and why he is visiting her town.   His life at home was falling apart, starting with an affair, his relationship with his personal assistant, and his relationship with his teenage daughter.  

The two of them together, with their fake lives, are wonderful.   They both have hurt they are trying to get over.    The sparks between them are obvious.    I was worried how their friendship could progress when it started on such false pretenses.   They needed each other, but they really needed to come to terms with what was happening in their lives and be truthful to each other.  When they were apart from each other they could not stop thinking about each other, when they were together there was no one else they could think about;  sounds perfect, right?   I hope that it would end up that way.

Patti Callahan Henry is an amazing author.   Her books are clean, real, and full of life.    She shows what love and friendship is and how important it is.    I recommend checking out this book.  

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