Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: The Look of Love by Sarah Jio

Title: The Look of Love   
Author: Sarah Jio   
Published: November 2014, Plume  
Format: ARC Paperback, 320 pages   
Source: Publisher  

Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Sarah Jio and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do have a few books by her on my shelf but I just haven't gotten around to reading them yet - too many books, not enough time, but rest assured, those books will be read soon!

This is a sweet and captivating story, perfect reading around the holiday season! It's a fast read, but I still found that it resonated with me. I loved the character of Jane and felt that I could relate to her and all the couples in one way or another throughout the book. I'm a big fan of the multiple storyline format, but loved the way Jane was the connection to everyone. There were a lot of characters and different stories going on, but I never once felt lost - every change felt seamless and timed just right.

This is a story of love, loss and even sacrifice. As we follow Jane and the couples throughout the year, we see the ups and downs of the different types of love that Jane must observe. It's hard not to become invested in these characters' lives and want to know how things play out - good or bad; and it's just as hard not to shed a tear or two along the way - some happy and some sad. 

This book is definitely a keeper and I could even see myself rereading it - something I don't tend to do very often. I cannot wait to pick up another Sarah Jio book - based on my reaction to this one, I have a feeling I just found a new go-to author for me! I already have Goodnight June and The Violets of March on my shelf, so I'll be starting with those. If you're a fan of Sarah Jio, what is your favorite book of hers?



  1. Lovely review, Kristin! This sounds like a wonderful novel. I have a different book by this author that I need to begin reading.

  2. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I loved Goodnight June! I've been a little scared to read anything else by her because I was a little afraid it wouldn't live up Goodnight June. I'm definitely going to have add this to my TBR!

  3. I love all her books! Both Violets and Goodnight are very good. Looking forward to this one.

  4. Wonderful review Kristin! I've been curious to read novels by this author, but have not as yet. I hope to soon though. This one sounds lovely.

  5. I read Bungalow by the author and really enjoyed it. Thanks for this review!


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