LOOKING FOR A LOVE STORY
April 6, 2010
Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group
$15.00 US/$17.50 CAN
Rating: 4 cups
Francesca is an author who has written one best-selling book, but for some reason or another, a new book has not presented itself to her. When her marriage falls apart, Francesca finds herself at a crossroads. A girl has to eat and have a roof over her head, so she searches for a writing job to pay the bills. The one she finds is not the one she expected, but sometimes that is the best job.
Chicky, Eleanor, is the daughter of Joe and Ellie Masters, two vaudevillians who toured the circuit in the 1920s. She wants a book written about her parents and their love story. The eighty-year-old woman makes promises she cannot keep, but with an iron will and a belief in her parents’ story, she convinces Francesca to write this book.
The air of confusion that surrounds Francesca clears when she begins to write one of the greatest love stories of all time. Joe and Ellie were not a match made in heaven. Life had thrown both of them some curves, but in that day and age, people made the best of the situation. That is exactly what Joe and Ellie did. Love blooms, but it takes a lot of hard work and determination, something they passed onto their daughters, Annie and Chicky. Their love story shows Francesca what real love is all about and opens her up to accept the blessings the universe is throwing at her.
This book takes me back to a time when I would sit with my grandma while she told me stories from her childhood. I loved these moments, so this is a true walk down memory lane for me. The characters are so easy to relate to and that makes this tale take on a very realistic tone. The author’s use of telling a story within a story is such a difficult thing to do, yet Ms. Shaffer does it with grace and style. The transition from modern times to the 1920's flows with ease. I would recommend adding this love story to your bookshelf.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More