Book Review: The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry

Posted June 25, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan HenryThe Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry
Published by Macmillan on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: St. Martin's Press
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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?

Ella was completely happy with her marriage until a horrible secret completely tore it a part. She tries to get over what is going on with her life however she just wishes that she could go back to her old life. Her new life is nothing like what she imagined it would be. When her husband shatters her heart, Ella doesn’t want to make get involved or flirt with anyone new. Her heart is way too wounded for that.

Hunter is a screenwriter that is trying to find the perfect love story to get inspiration. When Hunter meets Ella he tells her that he is a writer working on a book about the history in small towns. Not only is Ella having a hard time with everything but she is lying to Hunter and then Hunter is lying to her. It is one vicious cycle. Ella is about to get duped because her story is about to be revealed to the movie industry.

I love Henry’s books. Her characters are always amazing. It is so easy to get invested in her characters. Henry is an amazing writer. I love here work. She brings so much thought to her novels. I feel completely invested when I read her work. Henry is one of the authors that you are positive that you aren’t going to be disappointed when you pick up their book. I do think “The Idea of Love” by Patti Callahan Henry is worth reading.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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