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23 January 2017

Review: 'Love Connection' by Camilla Isley (2016)

Have you ever wondered what might have been?

Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible 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?

I love it when I get to discover authors that are still completely new to me and I end up really enjoying their novels. Last year this happened to me when I was asked by author Camilla Isley to read and review her novel 'A Sudden Crush' (click here to read my review). I thought it was a great and especially promising read and was definitely curious to see what Camilla would come up with next. Luckily, once again Camilla was so lovely as to provide me with a review copy of her latest release and I straight away loved the cover of 'Love Connection.' This is actually the start of a whole new romantic comedy series and I was really excited to check it out!

Gemma Dawson is at the airport and needs to make one of the most important decisions of her life: will she fly to her ex-boyfriend Jake's wedding to crash it and tell him how much she still loves him, or will she attend her best friend Amelia's wedding where she is the maid of honour? As readers we are invited to join Gemma on parallel tracks: what would have happened if she had taken one flight, what if she had taken the other? And is it really true that fate always knows what it has in store for us in the end and will make sure we ultimately go into the right direction, or can certain obstacles really alter our course and change our destiny forever...?

I was really in the mood for a feel-good romantic comedy read when I picked up Camilla Isley's 'Love Connection' and I'm happy to say the book was exactly what I was hoping it would be. I've always had a soft spot for books with parallel storylines, focusing on the idea of someone's life being changed by certain decisions they make and how fate/destiny plays a role in this. Sometimes this is a topic that just doesn't work, but Camilla Isley definitely found her own way of writing about this and I really enjoyed both storylines focusing on different routes of Gemma's life, and how everything was brought together again at the end of it, without things getting confusing at any point, which is also quite an accomplishment when writing something like this!

While I really enjoyed this read I unfortunately didn't really connect with any of the characters. I liked Gemma and easily warmed to her best friend Amelia and some of the other secondary characters, but I think I missed a bit of background information and emotion to really connect with any of them. Yet, let it be clear that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and I already can't wait for the second part of this new series by Camilla Isley. 'Love Connection' is a sweet feel-good chick lit read about the idea of fate; a lovely read!
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Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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