Belinda’s Book Nook Review: The Look of Love by Sarah Jio



Title: The Look of Love
Author: Sarah Jio
Copyright: November 25, 2014
Genre: fiction
Format: audiobook

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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:

This was perfect book to listen to while I worked in my craftroom. It didn’t require too much thinking. Just sitting back and listening to a cute story. I think the audio experience was fun. Although this is a light read, I do think it did have some value in that it talked about the different types of love. I didn’t think of all the types she talks about in the book but I enjoyed how she demonstrated them within the story with different characters. There was a lot going on but easy to follow. I have loved Sarah Jio’s books for many reasons but I love that she incorporates flowers in them all. The main character in this story inherited a flowershop. I kept thinking of “The Language of Flowers” when they mentioned an arrangement in the story.

The story moved at a decent pace and I liked the main character as well as her supporting characters. This isn’t my favorite of her books but enjoyable especially in audio format.

I would give this book 3 butterflies.



Belinda’s Book Nook Review: The Last Camelia

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

A romantic and suspenseful tale about two women whose destiny is bound across the years

On the eve of World War II, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.

More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate

I picked up this book in a Chatham Massachusetts bookstore while on my Anniversary Escape with Leao.  First drawn to the cover (What can I say?I love beautiful books.)  and read the back cover and knew it needed to be added to my book collection.

I found this book so easy to slide right into. The story draws you in going back in time first with very vivid details. And then delivering you to the present every other chapter. This never was a nuisance it actually made me want to keep reading and guessing what happened. I love gardening and was fascinated by the concept of story line around the Camellia flower. I  truly enjoyed the descriptions of the garden in the book.

This was my first book by Sarah Jio and I will definitely be looking for another of her novels to read.

Happy reading!



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