"This LoveReading Star Book contains a unique and unforgettably beautiful blend of magic realism which is set (mostly) within a small Massachusetts town."
Oh my word! I’m rather blown away by this novel, it and the characters within have taken up residence in my heart and soul. I’m writing my review in January and already know that The Book of Love is going to be one of my favourite novels of the year. By the way, on reading the synopsis the title appears to be rather unexpected, but enter the pages and understanding greets you. Three teenagers are resurrected from a place of death and given a task to complete by two magical beings if they want to remain in the land of the living. This sounds as though you will be entering a place of pure fantasy, and yet this is also one of the most real and grounded novels I’ve read. A hugely epic scope is contained inside this seaside town, other worlds lie within reach and strange beings gather. I fell in love with author Kelly Link’s writing when I explored the reinvented fairy stories within White Cat, Black Dog, she has the most extraordinary eloquent pen, and her words carry power. I joyfully fell inside this story and welcomed the emotions it contains. I felt an energy sweep over me as I read and on finishing wanted to immediately re-enter and explore. I’m in awe of the mind it would take to create these deeply rich and evocative imaginings, and so this Liz Pick of the Month also sits as a LoveReading Star Book. The Book of Love throws the known into glorious disarray as it offers a new world of possibilities, what a gorgeous novel this is, and it comes as highly recommended by our team.