Title: Love, Look Away
Author: Lisette Brodey
Pages: 340 pages
Source: Sent by author via R&R Book Tours
My Rating: 3 stars
At twenty-nine, Sage Gordon has had it with love. The owner of Sage Earth Gifts, a metaphysical gift shop in the old-money town of Swansea, New York, Sage is content to run her quirky store and enjoy her dog, Rufus, and her two cats, Finlay and Babaloo. She is convinced love isn’t for her. As a child, her best friend, Jimmy Cole, the boy she thought she’d marry someday, disappeared in the middle of the night with his family and was never heard from again. Haunted by the loss, she was wary about love as she moved into adulthood, never really connecting with the men she dated, clinging to the hope that Jimmy would return. When she’s set up with Caleb Dunlap, a gorgeous marketing executive in New York City, Sage struggles to let go of the past, but she does. Happily, she finds herself engaged … then … not so much. If only Caleb had betrayed her before she sent out the save-the-date cards.
When an obnoxious customer causes Sage’s neurotic assistant, Margie, to quit on the spot, Sage finds a friend in Godiva Jones, a woman she hires on the same spot. Godiva, twenty years older than Sage, brings much-needed friendship and wisdom. Having recently broken up with the love of her life, Freddie, Godiva also relates to the pain of heartbreak. She is disturbed, however, when Sage professes that she wants love to look away from her … forever.
In no time at all, life takes another turn for Sage when an old friend (and long-time admirer), Adam Canoga, shows up at Sage Earth Gifts to let her know that he’s opening a new men’s clothing store in town. Discovering she is no longer engaged, he asks her out, but with regret, she tells Adam that she has no interest in dating.
Sage’s resolve to do without love becomes an even greater challenge when an Australian visitor, Benton Bradley, walks into Sage Earth Gifts and impresses Sage with his warmth and Aussie humor. Despite her best efforts to keep love at arm’s length, she finds herself developing relationships with both Adam and Benton, two completely different, yet wonderful, men. But Sage is stubborn, still haunted by her past, and finds herself wholly unsure of what to do.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Love, Look Away is set in the same fictional town (Swansea, NY) as my first romantic comedy, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! This book is not, however, a sequel or a series. Love, Look Away is a stand-alone novel. Some readers will recognize several characters from Molly, including Molly herself, playing supporting roles.
And to readers who have never read Molly, but who may wish to do so, rest assured this novel does not give away the ending.
I participated in a book blitz for this book earlier this month and received the book to review. If you would like to read an excerpt from this book just click the link above.
I would say this book is more character driven then plot driven and it moves at a steady pace but sometimes it felt like it was dragging to me. The characters are well developed with their own distinguishable personalities.
I enjoyed the relationships in this book, both romantic and friendships but I have to say I was more interested in the past. I wanted to know what happened to Jimmy so while reading I was constantly like when is it going to tell us what happened to Jimmy which is honestly probably why I felt it dragged a little.
I both love the ending and am a little annoyed. I felt like the ending was rushed and something was resolved way to easily and I can’t say what it is because it is a huge spoiler.
I do think this book is worth reading and I seem to have an unpopular opinion of this book so you should definitely read it for yourself.