I received an ARC of “Love Always,” to read and review. I enjoyed the book, though it took me awhile to finish. Life sometimes get so busy I have to put down a book until I have the leisure to read it to completion. Had I not had other obligations I’m sure that this would have been a book I would have read straight through in one sitting.
Love Always, is a sweet romance between a rich young man and the free spirited daughter of a fisherman. Meeting at a resort, where his family is vacationing and she works, they develop a friendship in the three short weeks their paths cross. Maggie calls him “Silver Spoon,” and Philip calls her “Hoops.” Life separates them after the whirlwind three weeks they have together. He goes off to college and she heads off to work and earn enough money to realize her dreams.
The authors did a good job setting up the background for the rich young man who doggedly pursues a life that has been planned for him since birth. The slow transformation he makes because of the free spirited girl is well documented through his internalized thoughts and the letters he writes. Equally well developed is the background for the heroine growing up as the daughter of a widowed fisherman. Her outlook on life gives us a deep understanding of who she is and why she behaves as she does.
Love Always, is a truly sweet romance story that incorporates deeper life lessons to bring the story to fruition. The book is written to appeal to late high school through college age young adult woman. Though anyone who loves a sweet romance will enjoy this book. It is a story that can bring back the hopes and dreams of a youthful love or a love that crosses class boundaries.
Technically there are few errors and those that do occur did not make me stumble in my reading, nor detract from the readability. The grammar and sentence structure were well done, indicating sufficient editing. The POV was dual first person, allowing the reader to get into the mind of each of the two main characters. This worked well in the book. The feel of the tale was showing the actions and emotions of the characters. The exception were the few chapters devoted to the exchange of letters. Even with the letters telling the things that were happening I was able to get a sense of the feelings that were being expressed. They were pretty good love letters, believable.
Regardless of few copy edit issues, the writing, characters, and plot were such that I give this a 5 out of 5 rating. I highly recommend this book, especially for 16 to 25 year old women.