Sarah Jio follows the wonderful Goodnight June with another enchanting, magical novel, The Look of
The story begins in Paris in 1893 with a flower seller named Elodie, a woman with a gift for love. And, it's that gift that will change the lives of a long line of other green-eyed women. For her Christmas birthday in 2012, florist Jane Williams receives a letter, a letter that tells her she has a gift, but one that could turn into a curse if she's not careful. When Jane and her assistant, Lo, go to visit Colette Dubois, Jane find the woman's story somewhat unbelievable. Colette said she was present in the hospital on the day Jane was born, and she gave her a gift, "The gift of being able to see love...in all of its truth and beauty." Elodie had been given the gift by a Gypsy, but it came with strings attached. The recipient must identify the six types of love, and write the accounts of them, before her thirtieth birthday, or she will never experience love herself.
Jane, who has always feared love, now fears she will never find it. As she watches her friends fall in and out of love, while she herself falls for a science writer who doesn't believe in love, she worries she will always be alone in the world.
Jio's latest novel is a contemporary story of love, loss, and, at times, sacrifice. The author sets the story in Seattle, a city that seems to appeal to romantics. In this case, a small community of friends goes through a challenging year of romance while Jane Williams tries to observe with a critical eye, one blurred by the vision of love. Jio's characters are appealing, and readers will want to know what happens to Jane and her friends. It's easy to fall into this book with its likable characters and variety of romantic scenarios. The Look of Love is another satisfying story, one that will bring tears and smiles, from an author who is adept at manipulating our emotions, and our hearts.
Sarah Jio's website is www.sarahjio.com
The Look of Love by Sarah Jio. Plume. 2014. ISBN 9780142180532 (paperback), 286p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.