Review: The Look of Love

December 18, 2014 book review, fiction, Plume, Sarah Jio 5

The Look of Love

  • Written by:  Sarah Jio
  • Published by:  Plume an imprint of Penguin Publishing, November 25, 2014
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  • Source: Sent by publisher in consideration of a review


Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.

My Thoughts

I’ve read all of Sarah Jio’s books and they are comforting and enjoyable to ease into them.  Her books run the gamut of romance and historical and most have  a main character searching for love in some way.

This book is a bit of a departure from Sarah’s other books in that there is a bit of magic going on in Jane’s life.  The appearance of a woman who gave her a gift as an infant is a surprise.  It’s answers of some Jane’s questions about an aura she feels as she witnesses love.  But the journey it leads her own only raises more doubt and questions about finding love for herself.  Along the way the reader sees all sort of love, some surprising and some very sad.

I have to say The Look of Love is not my favorite book by Jio.  I found it a little too cute and unrealistic.  I didn’t hate this book, and many readers have raved about  how it made them feel.  So don’t take my word for it.  If you’ve enjoyed her books in the past then yes, read this one, but if you are new to her work, I say start at the beginning and read The Violets of March, or Blackberry Winter…books I’ll always love.

How do you feel about magical realism in books?



5 Responses to “Review: The Look of Love”

  1. Meg

    I’ve loved many of Jio’s earlier works and am looking forward to this one — but I’ll keep your thoughts in mind! Sometimes magical realism works for me, and sometimes it doesn’t. I love some of Sarah Addison Allen’s books (Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen), where others just make me roll my eyes. Same with cutesy. But I’m definitely willing to give this one a shot!

  2. BermudaOnion

    I’ve only read one of her books. I liked it but didn’t love it the way most people did. I’m wondering if I’d like this since it’s different.

  3. lakesidemusing

    I’ve only read The Violets of March. It was comforting, enjoyable, and easy reading for me while traveling. The magical realism in this one would put me off… I tend to avoid it.

  4. Katie Wilkins (@DoingDewey)

    I’ve read Jio’s The Last Camellia and although I like disk narratives, I didn’t like that there were unbelievably many parallels between the two narratives. I did like her writing style though and I love magical realism, so I’m actually staring reading Goodnight June today and we’ll probably give this book a try too 🙂

  5. litandlife

    What? No second story line set in the past? I thought Jio was firmly set in writing all of her books that way. I’m kind of eager to see her move out of that and see what she can with only one storyline.

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