Thursday, January 21, 2010

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

I won this book on the First Reads Giveaway over on the site GoodReads. Truth be told, had I not won this book I would never have thought to pick it up and read it. Don't get me wrong, I love chick lit as much as the next chick lit reader, but I am a tad choosy when it comes to selecting which chick lit book I want to read next. Usually I read Keyes, Kinsella, Green, Giffin and so forth, because I know what to expect = chick lit with substance. However, there have been times when I've read other chick lit books - the ones that are too predictable and the writing is bad and the characters are really caricatures. This is one of those times.

Lucy Valentine is able to find lost items. With a handshake and a thought, she is able to visualize the object and where it can be found. That is her psychic ability. Her parents are matchmakers and have created a business finding partners for singletons. Lucy's dad can read auras and uses this ability to help him match people together. Unfortunately for Lucy, her mother and father have decided to take a vacation and leave her in charge of the family business - a task Lucy wants no part of. So, of course she agrees to the job and soon finds herself thrown into various situations which all wind up depending on her psychic ability of finding lost items. There is a missing child, a dead woman, unrequited love, matches being made all around her and a new friend who has the potential to become her new love. All in all, a very full schedule for Lucy Valentine.

Okay, so the book is a mystery/chick lit/romance book and it doesn't sound so bad, right? Wrong. I mean, the writing is okay and the characters are somewhat engaging. I even liked the idea of a psychic matchmaker, but I just don't think that the author quite nailed it . I did like the book more than I thought I would, but truthfully, I was happy that I hadn't actually spent my money on it. And the fact that there are two more books to come, well that is actually surprising to me. Hopefully, Webber will push herself a bit more and be able to create a series that is intriguing and exciting (two things that are essential for mystery books). In the end, I won't be seeking out the next Lucy Valentine installment.

And now, I'm off to continue reading Her Fearful Symmetry (which is really good) and To Kill A Mockingbird (just started it and I'm already liking it). Ta for now! Happy Reading!!


Dot said...

What a shame that you didn't enjoy this! To Kill a Mockingbird is an excellent book, I could read it again and again.

Athira said...

I heard of this book recently somewhere and was intrigued by the cover. I guess I won't be bothering with this book now. Thanks for the review!

Athira said...

How's Her Fearful Symmetry going? I just finished it today and totally loved it!

I have an award for you here.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, sounds awful.
I've also got H.F.S on my shelf and can't wait to have 5 mins to get it started! Although I'm a little nervous because I loved The Time Traveller's Wife so much.

StephTheBookworm said...

That stinks that this book was disappointing. I think I may still pick it up though because I've been wanting to read it and I am such a sucker for chick-lit. Enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird. It's wonderful! One of the classics that I actually enjoy! lol.