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June 1, 2010

Review: The Love Market by Carol Mason

Title: The Love Market
Author: Mason, Carol
Publisher: McArthur & Co.
Release Date: February 5th, 2010
ISBN: 1552788458 (isbn13: 9781552788455)
Pages: 336
Age: Adult
Summary from
When a marriage ends and a first love reappears, Celine Lewis is about to learn that moving on is as complicated as going back.
Three years after seeing her first love, Patrick, quite by chance in London, Celine's ten-year marriage to Mike is over and she is running her own business, called The Love Market, a professional matchmaking service in Northern England. She's coping with the unanticipated heartbreak of a marriage ending, and her quirky twelve-year-old daughter who seems to blame her for the split.
Then, out of the blue, Patrick emails. Tempted to find out if all the old feelings can possibly still be there, she's thrown into tailspin again when Mike has an unusual proposition for her, forcing her to question whether a divorce really means it's over.

All You Need  Is Love, The Beatles said. Yeah, right...

Celine is a 30-something women, recently divorced, and mother of a teenager, who can't control the desires of her heart.

For several years she have been trying to make her marriage work, but it seemed destined to fail. And when, for some reason, she receives an email of Patrick, her first love, whom she never forgot, it seems like she is finally going to be happy.

It's a very realistic book, because although I had never had the opportunity to understand everything that involves a divorce, the dilemma that Celine is going through is exactly the same that any woman feels at the end of a relationship. Is this the right decision? So many people are affected, and you just want to find love. But maybe you didn't try enough? But love shouldn't be that hard, right? And why, if you're in love, everything isn't perfect?

The writing is excellent. Doesn't let you drop the book, and makes you sympathize with all the characters. Usually when I read, I tend to prefer one character than the other, but honestly, this book had moments that I didn't know who was the right person for Celine.

And although it seems to be a heavy reading, it's actually a gentle and very light book, and it also makes you laugh. The sister, who is not sure of her relationship, and the father, a lovesick, are very funny, and each  one of them are very supportive.

A short and easy read, I just loved it. A heartwarming love story, full of sad but sweet moments.


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