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Love Is...: A fun, feel-good romance for 2016 about what makes love last Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
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About the Author
Haley Hill is a fresh new voice in romantic fiction who has previously found success in the self-publishing world. Prior to launching her fiction career, Haley launched and ran the Elect Club dating agency – and is an expert in all things dating! Haley lives in South London with her husband and twin daughters.
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I am assuming that Haley had done her research, so I can believe, but feel very shocked by the divorce statistics, just one law firm handling almost six hundred thousand cases in a year, in their offices in New York, London, Belgium and Germany, especially with the lawyer acknowledging that most of these did not need to happen. It is a sobering thought.
There is plenty of humour, some sadness, and a fairly fast pace, the book pulls you on. You wonder what scrape Ellie is going to get into next! It also shows how you can answer a question quite honestly, yet the answer isn't really the truth that you are trying to reach, an honest answer, but only part of the story.
I will certainly look out for Haley Hill's books, she is an author whose books are definitely to be enjoyed.
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, the opinions are entirely my own.
However life has not been going completely to plan since we left Ellie at the end of It's Got To Be Perfect, and she is struggling to conceive, and generally seems a bit distant from husband Nick. Not to mention her best friend is also having marriage struggles and seems to keep popping up everywhere.
Although this is a second book about a character, it can definitely be read as a standalone, as although I know I have read the first book last year, I couldn't remember any specifics, and didn't feel at a disadvantage for a faulty memory.
I loved the pacing of this book, and the various witty comments, and some of the imagery when Ellie is meeting her professional gurus are fantastic. I loved the retreat in Texas, and the trip to Iceland, and the technology in Tokyo is something I can see being real within a few years, if it isn't already. I also really enjoyed the various explanations on just what love really is, and various theories about divorce.
At times I felt Ellie could be a bit idealistic about the world, and love, then again I may just be a big cynic, but I enjoyed reading her big dilemma in this story, while still rooting for her. Although I am not going to reveal the ending, as that would spoil the book for everyone, I will say I can't help but think there should be another book for Ellie, as she is a great character and I think has a lot more to offer.
Thank you Netgalley and MIRA for this review copy. This was my honest opinion.
Honestly, I cannot think about this book without giggling! I hadn’t heard of Haley before now, so I must say my curiosity definitely soared. Especially after I turned the title into a song. Well, I didn’t, it’s already a song. I WANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE ISSSSSS. Please say that I’m not the only one to do that?
Moooooving on! As soon as I started reading, I was taken aback by the power behind the unfolding storyline. It was a make or break situation, one that was made even more emotional by the dreading comparing that everyone does. Eleanor Rigby (‘picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been’), then has to put her personal issues aside and go to work, conquering the world with her very own Dating Agency! No, really. Think of Patti Stanger from The Millionaire Matchmaker, except in the UK, and maybe no millionaires…
Eleanor and her colleagues quickly realise that the divorce statistics are skyrocketing and divorce parties are becoming the ‘next big thing’. Not ideal news for a matchmaking agency is it? On a plus side, Ellie gets to gallivant around the world in search of information regarding divorce, meeting with multiple professionals within the field, as well as getting naked in a pool with two naked males (purely for work answers, obviously).
There are a lot of hilarious moments in the book that had me snorting like the warthog Ellie met. Not only that, ‘Love Is..’ shares the reality behind divorce statistics and how many divorces could be avoided if, oh I don’t know, two people spoke? The harsh truth behind those statistics even had me shocked, and I have never been married! Haley Hill’s humour is absolutely brilliant, sarcastic one liners jumped off the page with such force, I could just imagine Haley writing those lines with a ‘what the…warthog?’ look on her face.
I have to say though, Ellie’s best friend; Matthew, is my favourite character by far. He had me laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face. The energy that oozed from his character whenever he popped up in the storyline was incredible. Absolutely brilliant. I want a best friend like that.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Haley’s book. Such a refreshing take on an otherwise troublesome topic, with humour to rival Jason Manford! I am rather looking forward to seeing what mischief the characters get up to in Haley’s next book, maybe another pool scene?!
*I received a copy of this book from the publishers in return for my unbiased and honest thoughts. Thank you Cara, Haley, HQ and Netgalley.*
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