This is the first of Fiona O’Brien’s books that I have read. She has a difficult style to get used to. Although there are three main characters, she employs the method of multiple time changes and a story told through the medium of many more minor characters. This can be confusing, but it keeps the reader alert, and as the stories unfold the sheer momentum of each vignette draws the reader onward.
The Love Book is hardly great writing, and though it is principally about love O’Brien analyses the thoughts and feelings of the characters in a way which piques interest. In other words it is saved from being a plain old Mills & Boon love story by the skills the author employs in her craft. Having said that, the publishers are Hodder and Stoughton so you know what you are getting.
If you are looking for a pleasant read with a slightly challenging style, then this is for you. The characters are well drawn and contrast well with each other. I will certainly read more of the author’s offerings, and give it a 7 out of 10.