Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: "The Love Market" by Carol Mason

Celine is a professional matchmaker who can't seem to get her own love life together. She was married, although not entirely happily, to Mike when she thinks that she sees Patrick, the one that got away, in London. Celine thinks that it is impossible that the man that she sees actually is Patrick- he's from Canada and is also a reporter who reports on major news around the world. Several years later Celine and Mike are divorcing. It's amicable on the surface but hurt lingers beneath the surface. When Celine receives a mysteriously blank e-mail from Patrick a chain of events begins that even Celine can't predict the outcome of.

Why haven't I heard of Carol Mason before? She writes beautifully, and even though I can usually predict the outcome of most of the books that I read, I couldn't predict this one. I would think that one thing was going to happen and then something else happened that changed things entirely. The Love Market was a very enjoyable read for me.

Celine was an entirely likable character and I appreciated that she was not without her flaws. She seemed to not know what she wanted out of life and out of love, which was understandable since she was freshly divorced. The fact that she seemed so vulnerable allowed some very real emotions to be conveyed through the story. I also enjoyed the stories involving her clients that were woven throughout. They brought something extra to the overall story.

Mason writes beautifully. Her words flow through the pages making The Love Market a thoughtful read, and one that I really enjoyed.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Challenges: 2011 100+ Reading Challenge, 2011 E-Book Challenge, The Canadian Book Challenge 4

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