Book Review | The Art of Loving You by Amelia Henley

Thank you to HQ for the giveaway win of a proof copy of The Art of Loving You.

Synopsis

They were so in love . . . 
And then life changed forever . . . 
Will they find happiness again?
 
Libby and Jack are the happiest they’ve ever been. Thanks to their dear friend, eighty-year-old Sid, they’ve just bought their first house together, and it’s the beginning of the life they’ve always dreamed of.

But the universe has other plans for Libby and Jack and a devastating twist of fate shatters their world.

All of a sudden life is looking very different, and unlikely though it seems, might Sid be the one person who can help Libby and Jack move forward when what they loved the most has been lost?

Review

The Art of Loving You is an emotional, raw and different kind of love story. One that will break your heart but also teach you how to put it back together again.

The book is written in two parts, with a prologue which introduces Libby’s dilemma in an ambiguous way and teases us into the story, and it ends with an epilogue.

Told through Libby’s perspective, you’re truly immersed in her emotions and follow the chain of events which, one by one, combine to alter her life forever.

I really felt like I was on the emotional rollercoaster alongside Libby. The up and down emotions of grief, heartbreak, confusion and everything else in between.

Sid was a brilliant character and he really made the story for me. Such a ‘wise owl’ with a lot of life experience and many fascinating words of wisdom to share with Libby. He felt a lot like her rock at times, and had a kind heart.

The combination of backstory past with main story and hindsight hints work well and I always felt like I had a broad picture of the situation. The little sentences of foreboding inserted into the end of some chapters kept me reading and eager to know what turn of events would soon follow.

Amelia Henley writes well and you really feel the emotions of the characters. I felt totally immersed in the situations, actions and goings on. It all felt very real.

The book is emotionally quite heavy but also filled with hope. The pages are filled with love, loss, grief, laughter, raw reality and so much more. A truly beautiful and captivating story.

The Art of Loving You is out now from HQ. You can purchase a copy using the link below, and also help to support independent bookstores.

Bookshop.org

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Until next time,

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