Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Book Review - Love Connection by Camilla Isley

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Title: Love Connection
Author: Camilla Isley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Pink Bloom Press
Publication Date: 8th October 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Have you ever wondered what might have been?
Gemma's at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two different futures. She's at a crossroads.
Be maid of honor at her best friend's wedding or crash her ex's?
Gemma's decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks--will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she's not even met yet?

In concurrent storylines, Gemma lives out the consequences of each journey. Different stories unravel with unpredictable outcomes for Gemma and her loved ones. As the alternative realities run their course, humor and romance intertwine raising questions about fate and chance. Will these parallel universes converge? Is true love meant to be? Is everyone destined to have a soul mate? Or are one's cards just a choice away from reshuffling?

Do you believe in fate, and that everything happens for a reason? I am generally quite skeptical towards those sorts of thoughts, but in the case of Love Connection, I could be persuaded fate exists, at least for romance. 

Love Connection is a Sliding Doors-esque sort of a book, with us seeing how Gemma's life will work out, with each of the initial choices she could make. She has the option of attending to weddings, one is her best friends in which she is due to be made of honour. The other on the same day is of her ex-boyfriend, who she hasn't spoken to in 3 years, but Gemma has realised that she loves. She isn't invited to the other wedding, but is seriously contemplating crashing it and trying to get him back. 

The chapters alternate between what happens when Gemma goes to her best friend, and what happens in the circumstance where she goes to her ex. What striked me quite early into the book were the unnerving parallels in both of the stories, without being overly repetitive. 

Normally I would expect two versions of the same story in alternating chapters to be confusing but I had no problem at all in following the action in this, and I loved getting to know the characters, and also seeing just how Amelia (Gemma's best friend) fits into both stories and her own romantic life too. 

Love Connection has been cleverly engineered, and I just loved how the stories weaved around each other. It is a easy to read and follow book, where the time line moves forward in quite large chunks, between some sections, but it is always noted, and all you are really missing out on is minute details of their lives, whereas the focus in this book is on the bigger picture things, and just what sorts of consequences your actions can have. 

This is quite a sweet romance, that is a pleasure to read, and although I found myself willing the characters to a particular ending, there was no guarantee that I would get my wish, and I enjoyed the journey to that point. 

Thank you so much to Camilla for this copy of the book which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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