Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

51-TsC7KuxL $26.00, 320 pages, Women’s Fiction- Medical

Two women befriend one another and learn their paths were meant to cross.

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Reviews:

USA Today

Book Reporter

When Beth and Olivia meet by accident and befriend one another, they discover that their relationship was meant to be.  Olivia has found her way to Nantucket after the loss of her son and when her marriage is on the fritz.  Olivia is rediscovering her love for writing after she leaves her unfaithful husband behind.  When a character in Olivia’s manuscript embodies the son Beth lost, the connection becomes very real for them both.

I found this story a bit far-fetched and as a result, I was somewhat disappointed in this latest from Lisa Genova.  I cannot fathom the pain and grief that must accompany the loss of a child.  I felt such emotion for Beth and I rallied for Olivia as she left her cheating husband.  And yet, the means by which the two ultimately connected was just a bit too coincidental for me to believe.

Appeal Factors: Character-driven, Sobering, Bittersweet

According to Novelist, read-alikes for this book include: Until the Real Thing Comes Along by Elizabeth Berg, Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller and Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard  (accessed May 4, 2013).

Reading Guide

I chose this book as I have read another book by author Lisa Genova.  I was excited to see a new title being released by her and promptly placed my name on the hold list at my library.

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