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The 'True Love' Solution Paperback – January 30, 2016
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"He didn't have a Happily Ever After of his own yet. Didn't mean he wasn't happy"
I really love the dynamic between Jules, his father Archie and his best friend Jem. They all live together and are incredibly supportive of one another. Archie is The Parent everyone wants. He keeps his son grounded while loving him completely and utterly. Jem is a salty little thing but I adore her.
Throughout the book, Jules is fixated on finding his Happily Ever After just like Mike and Dexter from The True Love Solution. Seeing their relationship as the epitome of HEA he collects all things from their creator Ewan Byge. He buys a typed manuscript with a handwritten word. Then buys a typewriter that was supposedly Ewan Byges. Turns out to be a fraud.
Through the process of the fraud investigation he meets Ewan Byge. The response of Jules is so genuine I had to read through my fingers from the second-hand embarrassment! And to his utter delight he becomes Ewan's accountant.
He also meets Constable Leonard who is working the fraud case and the two quickly develop a friendship. Leonard is kind and steady. He is very dependable. I fell a little in love with him.
There is a slight sprinkling of a potential love triangle, which is not my trope at all, However! The author presents it in such a way that it is endearing rather than angsty. Which I really appreciated because you can't tell which way it's going to go at first.
The end was very neatly wrapped in a bow. A rather hopeful note with a wonderful ending line. "It's only the beginning-and as beginnings go, I think it's brilliant."
Favorite quote-"Oh...It's Dexter and Mike's Happily Ever After- and it's the Once Upon a Time of our story."
Overall thoughts- It was solidly adorable. I will definitely be reading from Julie Bozza again.
The narrative is peppered with references to other works, including Philadelphia Story, from which the title is derived, Jane Austen and even the Harry Potter series.
Julie’s breezy style makes this a lovely light read, and of course the reader will be cheering for one of the men in Jules’s life while Jules is busy being dazzled by the entirely Wrong Man. In that regard, it’s not a matter of wondering who Jules will end up with but devouring the story to find out how he’s going to come to his senses!
The ‘True Love’ Solution has a wonderful, happy cast of characters outside the three protagonists as well. Jules’s father Archie is the dad we’d all like to have, and his sort-of-sister Jem has the slightly abrasive yet thoroughly loyal tough-love that siblings can display.
All up, The ‘True Love’ Solution is a light, fun, gentle, sweet read that dances its sprightly way to a lovely and satisfying conclusion. It’s a perfect pick-me-up if life has seemed a bit dark lately, and a cheerful confection if life’s good and you want to celebrate True Love, even if it does wobble off course sometimes.
Jules, Leonard, and Ewan. I hate books where the protagonist spends most of the book with one person and then just a tiny bit of the story with the person they end up with. That drives me crazy because I want to enjoy seeing the main characters together for more than a scene or two.
The writing was very good and the author is definitely talented. I personally enjoyed how the story started off, even if it seemed to drag in a few parts. However, after a while, I started to get highly irritated by the fact that Jules was still hung up on Ewan and not even thinking of Leonard as more than just a nice guy who's there. While this may be a very realistic situation, I don't particularly find enjoyment reading about it. Therefore, the second half of the story dragged on for longer than I felt the need to.
Leonard was sweet and sincere and from the very beginning, just a down-to-earth likable character. I was rooting for him instantly. Ewan, I didn't care for even though he wasn't a bad guy. I just didn't think he was as endearing as Leonard. As for Jules, I spent most of the book flipping back and forth on whether or not I liked him. I questioned his intelligence the whole time and wasn't at all impressed with his infatuation with Ewan.
It's hard to rate a book where you think the writing is very good technically but don't care for the characters or plot. I probably won't be recommending TheLove Solution to friends but the author is someone I'll keep on eye on for upcoming books. She definitely deserves another chance.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*