February 26, 2010

Review of "truly, madly" by Heather Webber

Synopsis: Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so not qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it’s Lucy’s turn to step up and help out—in the name of love.

Plus, her rent is due.

Here’s the problem: Lucy doesn’t have the knack for matchmaking. According to family legend, every Valentine has been blessed by Cupid with the ability to read “auras” and pair up perfect couples. But not Lucy. Her skills were zapped away years ago in an electrical surge, and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You’d be surprised. In a city like Boston, everyone’s looking for something. So when Lucy locates a missing engagement ring—on a dead body—she asks the sexy private eye who works upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she’ll find the perfect love while she’s at it…

Take a spunky, determined heroine who believes her family has been cursed in the love department. Mix in an element of the supernatural, a murder mystery, a sexy firefighter turned private investigator, a three legged cat and a one eyed hamster and you’ve got truly, madly!

If you think from my brief description that this book sounds humorous and fun, even on the silly side, you’d be right. From the moment I met Lucy Valentine on page one, I fell in love with her. She is witty, she’s worried that she will never be meant to find The One, she adores her adopted pets and she finds her parents a tad bit embarrassing. She is the kind of girl that I would love to go shopping with or chill out with one evening while watching a Colin Firth DVD.

Yes, readers, this is paranormal mystery romance chick lit at its delicious finest.

Despite being able to locate missing items by merely touching the owner of the lost item, Lucy is very much like the rest of us. She has tried her hand at various jobs before attempting her hand at the family business and feels out of her element and even inferior compared to her larger than life father.

I thoroughly enjoyed the side mystery, which had just enough twists to keep the story compelling and yet still light. Die hard mystery lovers, however, might find the mystery aspect of truly,madly a bit anemic though, so reader beware.

truly, madly, however, is more about Lucy and her follies rather than a mystery and it succeeds on this front. Besides the aforementioned praise regarding Lucy’s character, I thought Lucy’s long term girlfriends Marisol and Em, were strong supporting characters and I would actually like to hear more about them in future Lucy Valentine novels. The trio played off each other wonderfully and they sounded (and acted) like real girlfriends.

Now to Sean, our leading man . . . a perfect counterpart to Lucy. He is a private eye, who is covering for his brother who is on vacation - very much like Lucy who is covering for her father. Like the best literary couples, the two of them may on the surface appear to have little in common but behind the scenes, fireworks!

truly, madly isn’t a deep read but it’s a satisfying and fulfilling one, the equivalent of a literary carnival ride- - fun and definitely worth the price of admission.

I would recommend it to any lover of chick lit and who enjoys their heroine with a paranormal ability and serious spunk.

For more about truly, madly and author Heather Webber, please visit Ms. Webber’s website HERE.

deeply, desperately, the second Lucy Valentine novel is due in August 2010.

Review copy of this book provided by the publisher in connection with Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program, in which a fair and honest review is requested. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

Thank you to Eileen Rothschild and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review truly, madly.


Tales of Whimsy said...

1. I can't wait to read this one :)
2. I LOVE the chica you placed as a link to your review policy! Lovely and classy!
*high five*

Tales of Whimsy said...

Wait a second! "A murder mystery + a sexy firefighter turned private investigator"? I AM SO IN! ;)

Lori Johnston said...

Hi Juju!
I think you would really love this book. It's such a fun, breezy read.
Isn't that picture gorgeous??? The lovely chica is one of my favorite actresses of the old Hollywood era, Norma Shearer. The photo really does take my breath away, it's so stunning.
Glad you like it! *returning the high five*

Jennifer said...

I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest!!!