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Monday, 19 December 2016

Love Connection by Camilla Isley

Above Love Connection
Gemma's at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two different futures. She's at a crossroads.

Be maid of honor at her best friend's wedding or crash her ex's?

Gemma's decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks--will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she's not even met yet?

In concurrent storylines, Gemma lives out the consequences of each journey. Different stories unravel with unpredictable outcomes for Gemma and her loved ones. As the alternative realities run their course, humor and romance intertwine raising questions about fate and chance. Will these parallel universes converge? Is true love meant to be? Is everyone destined to have a soul mate? Or are one's cards just a choice away from reshuffling?

Love Connection is a romantic comedy about one woman, life's infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.
My review of Love Connection
Love Connection is a romantic story with a very distinctive voice. So, at the beginning of the book we meet Gemma who is sat at the airport bar, clutching two plane tickets. One will take her to her best friend's wedding, as she is the Maid of Honour, and the second will take her to her ex's wedding. As she sits and contemplates which direction she should go in, I sat and wondered what decision she should make, not knowing which was the right one.  Should she follow her heart or give up on her dreams? So, I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to follow her on both journeys.
I am a hopeless romantic at heart, and I do believe in fate and serendipity. I also believe in soul males, and that we all have that special someone who has been made just for us. Therefore this was my perfect novel. It very much reminded me of Sliding Doors, with the two parallel lives, but that is really where the similarly ended. This was such a clever device to use, as I wondered throughout the entire novel what the ending would be for each Gemma in her alternative universe. I wasn't disappointed.
What completely amazed me in this story, is that I did not become confused with the two storylines. They are told in alternating chapters, so Maid of Honour Gemma, and then ex boyfriend Gemma. The two storylines are very easy to keep track of with this structure, and I never found myself thinking, which Gemma am I reading about now? More importantly though, the two stories were almost stand alone reads. It really did feel like I was reading two very different novels. I must also write a little bit about how much I loved Gemma. Yes, this is a romantic read, but this is not a story about a weak willed woman. She is a strong and independent woman who is also highly educated. As a lawyer, she is not afraid to speak her mind and fight for what she believes in, and I really admired this trait in her.
This novel is very hard to review without giving away major plot spoilers, and I don't want to do that. All I will say is that this book is hugely romantic and that if you love your romance novels and handsome leading men, then you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend Love Connection as a fun and entertaining read that will tug at your heart strings.

With thanks to the author who provided a digital review copy of the book.  
You can buy Love Connection from Amazon here
About the author
Camilla was born in 1984. She's an engineer who has always had a vivid imagination and a more creative approach to life. After working in a corporate job for some years, she left everything to follow her husband around the world in a new adventure. Upon finding herself with loads of free time for the first time in a long while, she decided to begin pouring some of her fantasies into words...

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