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Modern fairy tale unlocks mysteries of love

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With endearing characters, vividly detailed settings, and total commitment to the possibility of true love, this modern fairytale will surely thaw readers' frozen hearts.

Drawing inspiration from the classic song performed by Dusty Springfield for the original Casino Royale soundtrack, The Look of Love is imaginatively penned by Seattle novelist Sarah Jio.

Jio is a bestselling author and journalist who has written for publications such as Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Redbook. Also a columnist for Brides, Jio inspires readers of this contemporary romance to daydream with her fanciful descriptions of everlasting love.

When hopeless romantic Jane Williams receives a mysterious greeting card on her 29th birthday, she begins to find answers to lifelong questions about her troubling eyesight.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 3/1/2015 (1439 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

With endearing characters, vividly detailed settings, and total commitment to the possibility of true love, this modern fairytale will surely thaw readers' frozen hearts.

Drawing inspiration from the classic song performed by Dusty Springfield for the original Casino Royale soundtrack, The Look of Love is imaginatively penned by Seattle novelist Sarah Jio.

Jio is a bestselling author and journalist who has written for publications such as Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Redbook. Also a columnist for Brides, Jio inspires readers of this contemporary romance to daydream with her fanciful descriptions of everlasting love.

When hopeless romantic Jane Williams receives a mysterious greeting card on her 29th birthday, she begins to find answers to lifelong questions about her troubling eyesight.

Jane discovers she has a rare ability to see true love, and must identify six types of love by her 30th birthday or risk the consequences.

After meeting a cynical science writer, the third-generation florist is seemingly fated to live a loveless life.

The novel features quirky characters who may well find themselves on the set of Gilmore Girls — like series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, Jio captures the essence of a small, close-knit community with charm, wit and sass.

Unfolding from multiple points of view, The Look of Love is a richly woven tapestry of which Jane's narration is the common thread.

From keen observations to sage advice, her compassion is unmatched. She is the trustworthy friend kept on speed dial in the event of a crisis in love or in life, and she is a heroine to root for unconditionally.

Seattle's historic Pike Place Market adds a great deal of character to Jio's narrative, as she casually refers to beloved local institutions, including Starbucks, Beecher's, and others.

Comparisons can be drawn to American author Nicholas Sparks, who sets his romantic dramas at home in North Carolina.

Another similarity is the authors' shared belief that love lives on (as demonstrated in A Walk to Remember, for example).

Jio, meanwhile, introduces this idea in the prologue of The Look of Love with an inscribed 19th-century flower cart. Jane eventually learns this lesson from her mother, but she truly appreciates its significance once she better understands her own gift.

Connections such as these are memorable as well as heartwarming, leaving a lasting impact with readers.

Prepare to be enchanted by The Look of Love, or fall head over heels at your own risk.


Jennifer Pawluk is a Winnipeg communications specialist.

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