ABOUT THE BOOK:As we like to say in the south: "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."
Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love—until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying to save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to.
When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina, it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It's the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It's an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what's a little white lie between strangers?
But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?
The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry is a St. Martin's Press publication.
I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy, and this book pays homage, in a charming way, to that genre. Although 'Harry Met Sally' is the main example this book points to a time or two, one of my favorite Romcoms is ‘While you Were Sleeping’, and this story put me in mind of it because an unintentional relationship occurs based on a falsehood. While this story doesn’t offer up belly laughs exactly, the dialogue is sweet and charming, but with bittersweet poignancy, too.
Ultimately, the conclusion is delightful, as Ella pulls herself together, waking up from her daze, taking control of her life and her own happiness.
This is a magical, touching story, filled with enchanting southern charm!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patti grew up as a Minister’s daughter, learning early how storytelling effects our lives. She grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod where she began her love affair with the beach, ocean, tides and nature of the coast. Moving south at the tender age of twelve, she found solace in books and stories. While attending Auburn University, she met a southern boy who later proposed on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, next to a historic lighthouse overlooking the Sound. After earning her Master’s degree in Child Health, Patti worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist until her first child was born.
Patti is a full time writer, wife and mother living with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama.