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The Book Of Love – Fionnuala Kearney

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‘One love. Two people. Twenty Years.

From the moment they met, Erin and Dom loved each other too much, too quickly. Everyone said it wouldn’t last. But they knew differently.

A wedding present, a notebook, brings them together through the good times and the bad. On the blank pages of their love story, they write down everything they can’t always say – the secrets, the heartbreak, the highs and lows. It’s where they see the best and worst of each other.

Falling in love is easy but staying in love is where the story begins…

This is the Book of Love.’

This book is at times heartbreaking, at times funny, and at times frustrating. I kept this in my locker in work so I would have something to read on my lunch breaks and I spent many of those hour breaks absolutely immersed in Erin and Dom’s story.

It really packs a punch very early on, and I found myself holding back the tears within the first few paragraphs. I think if I had been at home reading this and not in work surrounded by work colleagues, I would have been left sobbing properly instead of just sniffing into my sleeve!

I really liked the whole premise of the book – the idea of a couple writing the things that they can’t say to each other in a book, and promising to tell each other just why they love each other at the end of each entry is really romantic. While it’s not something that I can see many couples in reality implementing, it seems like a great idea.

While, at times, the relationship between Dom and Erin seemed almost too sweet, they aren’t without their flaws and the author tackles tough situations like addiction and serious illness really well..she doesn’t shy away from them and doesn’t try to sugarcoat them. She shows just how devastating these things can be and the affect that they can have on a couple and their family.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this book also – each chapter alternates between Dom and Erin’s viewpoints, and each chapter begins with a snippet from the Book of Love – there are also entries from each person scattered throughout the book. Not too many as to be a distraction from the story, but instead they move the story along well.

The language is easy to read, and the story flows well. The story is well written and well paced, with enough realism to make you believe that all of the events could easily happen, you can easily put yourselves in the positions of both Dom and Erin.

The supporting characters are well written too and complement the stories of the main characters well. They all have their own backstory and we really get a feel for them, as characters in their own right.

This book really broke my heart at times too, and I closed it with tears in my eyes and shaking hands (and a sore nose from trying not to cry around my colleagues again!) and I was so glad that I read it.

I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a truly romantic story – a realistic love story about a couple who overcomes the odds to be together and who truly know and appreciate each other.

This was my last book for January, and I’m glad I ended it with such a beautiful book.

 

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