Review Tuesday: Love Story by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is one of those authors that I just buy. I don’t even need to know usually what the book is about, I know that I’m at least going to enjoy it and more than likely fall in love with it. Love Story by her, however, was one of those books that I enjoyed but didn’t love – still good read, but not one of my favourites by her.

love-storyFrom Goodreads:

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

This book alternatives points of view (POV) every chapter, and it’s not my favourite way to tell a story. I find that most of Lauren Layne’s non-series books are like this. (Which is maybe why I’m not in love with any of her books that aren’t part of a series…).

Reece’s story is a heartbreaking one. He had a very traumatic childhood that has impacted his emotional wellbeing harshly. I spent this book simply wanted to give Reece a hug and protect him from the world. No one should have to go through what he has gone through. One of the things that I love about Lucy is that she wants to do the same thing. She wants to love Reece and protect him and be there for him in a way that no one else ever has. I love her for that.

These two run aground because of Reece’s emotional baggage, Lucy not quite understanding that baggage, and because the two of them simply cannot communicate well enough (or at all) to articulate their feelings, and what they are thinking. That was frustrating because I spent most of this book just wishing, demanding, and finally yelling at my Kobo screen, that they would just talk to each other and be honest.

One of the great things about this book is that it shows you that even though you’re in love with someone, it takes a lot of work to get onto the same page sometimes. It takes a lot of work and energy and effort to love someone. And it also takes a hell of a lot of trust – in order to be vulnerable in front of the person that you love. It takes Lucy and Reece a long time to get to that point. But when they do, my heart did a little tap dance because these two definitely deserved their happily-ever-after.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, this isn’t a book I’m in love with, but it is very good. It’s a quick read (with some potentially yelling at characters part way through) and well worth it.

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Girls Day Out

Yesterday, was a girls day out with a couple of my best friends. We’d been planning this for a month or so, and were incredibly excited that the weather turned out so beautifully. Our destination was Niagara-on-the-Lake (apparently a lot of people’s destinations yesterday), and the new outlet mall that is quite close by.

We are not fantastic early morning risers when we don’t have to get up for work, however we were on the road by about 9:15 (after stopping for some Tim Hortons. You can’t start a road trip, no matter how small or how big, without some Tim Hortons. It’s just unCanadian if you do.) and on our way to shopping heaven.

Between the four of us ladies purchases were made at Kate Spade (I may have gotten my very first Kate Spade purse…it’s so beautiful), a kitchen store, Nike, some jewelry stories, the list goes on. After the outlet mall we made our way to our favourite winery Pillitteri. We had gone to Pilitteri for the first time last month for one of the girl’s birthday parties. We did a wine tour and tasting, which was a lot of fun. However, we were fresh out of the wine that we bought that time, so we had to go back.

We had a couple of bottles of wine each, when this elderly lady appeared behind the counter and motioned us over. She told us that if we bought a case of win – which was 12 bottles – they give us one of the 12 for free. We were completely on board with that. The elderly lady then talked to us too about the Gewurztraminer Riesling and how it was made, and all of a sudden we had more than 12 bottles. So we decided to make it 24. Two cases of wine. Turns out that the elderly lady is Mrs. Pillitteri herself. Her and her husband started the winery and it’s now in its third generation of Pillitteris’ working and owning the winery.

Post winery, we did lunch at Niagara-on-the-Lake, then we did some shopping. It was a completely beautiful day out, and it was just nice to walk and hang out in the sunshine.

Hanging out with my girls, and enjoying the sunshine, was a perfect way to spend yesterday – as well at completely necessary. I relax with my girls. We’ve known each other for too long to have any filters with each other, and so it just ended up being a perfect day and just what I needed.