Jul 5, 2013
Love is a Thief
Author: Claire Garber
Publisher: Harlequin (UK) Limited
Format: Advanced Reader’s Copy (egalley)
Publication Date: July 5, 2013
Source: From publisher for review, NetGalley
What did you miss out on because you fell in love?
I might just be ‘that’ girl. You know the one. The girl who, for no particular reason, doesn’t get the guy, doesn’t have children, doesn’t get the romantic happy ever after. So I needed to come up with a plan.
What did I like doing? What didn’t I get to do because I fell in love? What would I be happy spending the rest of my life doing if love never showed up again?
Kate Winters is going on a journey to do all the things that love has snatched from her and her friends, to reclaim her dreams and theirs in the hope of finding her future. But there’s a chance that new dreams are better than the old…
“The reality is, I might just be ‘that’ girl. You know the one. The girl who, for no particular reason, doesn’t get the guy, doesn’t have children, doesn’t get the romantic happily ever after. So I needed to come up with a plan. I needed to get back to basics.”
Kate Winters was living the safe life, although, she didn’t really know it until a breakup with her long term French ski instructor boyfriend. After the breakup, she finds herself back in England, working for the trashy True Love magazine and in a desperate bout of bitterness and depression that result from knowing that the previous Man of her dreamshas already moved on. Tired of the false claims of “true love” that her coworkers and fellow employees put into their magazine, she inserts an article without permission. The article, questioning women on the sacrifices that they have made for love, becomes a hit. And all of a sudden, True Love becomes Love-Stolen Dreams, and Kate makes it her own personal mission to discover what love has taken from her fellow women, and ensure that they take it back–whether it be dancing, mechanics, or even time.
As her companions share and take back what love has taken from them, a childhood love returns to Kate’s life in the form of recently divorced, unreasonably handsome and ridiculouslycharming Peter Parker–and no, not the one that climbs walls and protects New York City and has his own Marvel comic series. Before Kate can make any attempts at a romance with this man, who was the very same boy who left in the middle of the night with no attempts at communication for over 15 years, she must take back what love has taken from her.
“People sometimes forget the things that make them happy when they fall in love. The relationship becomes the source of those feelings. It becomes the source of everything. So I suppose my goal is for people to reconnect with that lost part of themselves and stay connected to it.”
I will admit that chick-lit is my guilty pleasure, but I really did enjoy this story. I love the concept, because I do know that people put love over everything else, even before their own happiness and dreams. It was wonderful to see all these women, strong and proud, going back to something that they had previously enjoyed but had removed themselves from after they fell in love. Love is a Thief has supporting characters that stand well on their own; all of the characters have their own story, whom we see each of them develop in Kate’s eyes, and it was really heartwarming to see how much development each of the characters had.
There were some parts where I did feel that the story was dragging, and it took me quite a while to understand the format of the story. Peter as a character turned out quite different from what he was portrayed as when he was introduced, but I do like how his character development ties in directly with his past, and how it took him a while to acknowledge his own personal baggage along with his feelings for Kate. I did hope for a bit more romance, but I do understand why it wasn’t the biggest factor in the story.
Love is a Thief isn’t necessarily a story about love; it’s the story of reclaiming a part of yourself that you may have lost or sacrificed when you fell in love. It’s a story of other people seen through Kate Winter’s eyes, and how love can come along when you least expect it. It’s a story that gives its readers the most simple, wonderful message–you should not have to give up a part of yourself when you fall in love, for your partner should love and respect that part of you, whether it is your hidden musician or your inner ski instructor.
“… It’s never too late to be who you were supposed to be.”
An Enjoyable Read, Well Written!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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