Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon
Publisher: Black Swan
Publishing Date: 5th December 2019
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 416
Genre: Women’s Fiction
From the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of Where the Light Gets in and All I Ever Wanted
What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?
Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.
But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?
Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . . .
Jeannie and Dan are about to get married, after a whirlwind romance, romantic proposal on Brooklyn Bridge in New York and lovely time spent together. But now, shortly before the ceremony, Jeannie starts to have second thoughts – do they really know each other well enough? Does she truly loves Dan, enough to spent her whole life with him? Jeannie makes a decision that is going to change their lives but before it happens, fate decides to interfere and everything suddenly changes and makes Jeannie feel incredibly guilty.
The story is very character – driven. Jeannie was the main character in this book and I liked her immediately. She was so real and human and relatable and I found myself falling for her even more and more, seeing how she struggled to come to terms with her feelings and with this what she thought was proper and what was not. She has experienced such a wonderful personal growth throughout the story and it was great to accompany her on this way. I loved how realistic she was, with all her worries, uncertainty, watching her grow into a self – confident young woman. The secondary characters, especially Owen, Rachel and the dogs, played also significant roles in the story and were as well rounded as the main ones and I was equally engrossed in their own stories.
I was also thrilled, as a dog lover, to see that the book included a very important canine subplot, focusing on re – homing dogs and showing the very harsh reality of puppy farming. The descriptions of the dogs rescued were heart – breakingly realistic and hats off to the author for including this in her novel. There was also a whole subplot built around the re – homing centre, with some brilliant ideas how to raise money and awareness for it.
Lucy Dillon is a great story – teller. Yes, there were moments that the book could have been a bit quicker, but the writing style was absolutely brilliant and beautiful, easy and engaging. The author has easily brought all the characters to life, even if they were lying in coma they felt present. She writes in such a way that you have a feeling as if you’ve known the characters personally, and you care about them, and I love it when I have this feeling, as it doesn’t happen often these days, and Jeannie’s struggles felt so realistic, I could feel them for myself.
However, I was really conflicted about the end, with what happened and with Dan’s confession. I don’t know what I was expecting, and yes, I was incredibly intrigued how the author is going to solve this particular storyline, but I wasn’t happy with the way she has chosen. It, I don’t know, seemed simply like the easy way out, and after all that Jeannie experienced I personally thought it was unfair for her, even though it was a way out for her. But nevertheless, it didn’t sit well with me, it somehow didn’t go with the picture of Dan that we were presented with and I had a feeling that I was mistaken about him through the whole book. Not a nice feeling.
Altogether, “Unexpected Lessons in Love” was a story full of heart and filled with moving and poignant storylines, touching upon many emotions. A story about love and guilt but also showing that to love another person properly, you must first love yourself and be honest with yourself. It was a book that will make you giggle and also cry, an easy, despite some of the topics being on the heavier side, a pleasant read with a real depth to it, thought – provoking, brilliantly balancing lightness with the heavier issues, taking the reader on a real rollercoaster journey full of emotions and feelings. Highly recommended!
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