Title: The Love Verb
Author: Jane Green
Love is not an abstract idea. It is not saying 'I'm here for you, let me know if you need me'. It's making the decision, when someone close to you is in trouble, about what you will DO to fix as much as you can for them. It's a 'doing' thing. A verb.For Callie, love is about looking after her family - her husband and two children - and their beautiful home. For Steff, Callie's younger sister, love is about experiencing all that life has to offer without having to ever settle down.For Lila, Callie's best friend, love is about finding a soulmate. And when she meets divorced father-of-two Eddie, she knows her search is over. For Walter and Honor, Callie and Steff's divorced parents, love is about caring for the daughters they share. Then Callie gets some life-changing news. And suddenly the whole family is about to understand what 'love' really, really means....
I thought I was going to be reading the traditional complicated romance of the thirty-something girl who can't find a man, but got something completely different.
The story focuses on several characters who's stories intertwine over the course of the book either through relationships or friendships. Each characters situation is fully explored as it the relationships between the characters. I found the emotions TOO heightened for me at some points, and had to put the book down because I hit quite upset, but I have found this with the authors writing before so I should e expected the same with this novel.
This is a heart-warming story and one that has the possibility of restoring one's faith in human kindness. I probably wouldn't read something by this author again because I find the drama a little too real & close to home for my liking but I understand that for some people this would be an added bonus of the book.
A book to be enjoyed with a box if tissues and a nice hearty bowl of homemade soup!