Book Review: Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen

Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen
Release Date:
31st July 2014
Publisher: Transworld
Buy: Hardback  Kindle
Rating:
5 star

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Lately, Felicity just can’t shake a shadow of uncertainty. Her husband Quinn is the kindest person she knows and loves her peculiarities more than Felicity feels she deserves. But suddenly it’s as if she doesn’t quite belong.

 Then Felicity experiences something extraordinary: a scent of perfume in the air which evokes memories that have been settled within her for a long time, untouched and undisturbed. As it happens again and again, the memories of a man Felicity hasn’t seen for ten years also flutter to the surface. And so do the feelings of being deeply, exquisitely in love . . .

 Overwhelmed and bewildered by her emotions, Felicity tries to resist sinking blissfully into the past. But what if something truly isn’t as it should be? What if her mind has been playing tricks on her heart?

 Which would you trust?

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 On the outside Felicity and Quinn seem to have the perfect life. They have a nice cottage; both have good jobs with Felicity being the creator of the successful Igor the Owl series of books and they are happily married. Quinn is ready to take the next step in their relationship and start a family, but at around this time something strange starts happening to Felicity.
She starts experiencing an overpowering scent of frangipani, which no one else seems to detect, and along with the smell of the flowers she starts feeling overwhelming emotions and memories of her past. These memories are connected to an ex lover from her past, Ewan, who she hasn’t seen for years and no longer has contact with.
As these experiences grow more intense, Felicity finds herself desperate to track Ewan down, thinking that these feelings are a sign, perhaps sent from her deceased mother, that she should be with Ewan. Felicity’s life then starts to disintegrate as she becomes obsessed with Ewan, leaving Quinn and their life behind, yet not knowing what is making her feel like this. However, when she does find Ewan she discovers a whole load more than she bargained for, and as the frangipani scent becomes ever stronger, it’s clear that not all is as it seems…

I had super high expectations for Where Love Lies as I am a big Julie Cohen fan. I was captivated by Dear Thing; it was such a heartbreaking, powerful read that I was very keen to discover Where Love Lies. I was delighted to discover that it certainly didn’t disappoint, and completely lived up to the standard that Julie set with Dear Thing.
This is a novel unlike anything I can remember reading before. It’s moving and absolutely fascinating. I raced through it in a couple of days and I’m still sat here thinking about it now. I’ve been discussing it with anyone who will listen and I’m still not sure I have my head around it completely.

Where Love Lies is written in three parts and we get to read chapters from Felicity, Quinn and Ewan’s perspective, which I found to be hugely effective as this way you get to sympathise much more with all of the characters and see things from their point of view much easier than if there was just one narrator.
There is endless depth to this story and at times it makes for quite harrowing reading. Julie’s writing is so powerful and full of emotion, so much so that you could even say this story is overwhelming at points. Where Love Lies really is something special and a story that will stay with you long after you’ve read the closing sentence.

I remain undecided about Felicity, although she did make for a fascinating, gripping, lead character and I liked the fact that I didn’t always agree with everything she did. I felt heartbroken for Quinn and how much he loved Felicity and only ever tried to do right by her, but you’ll also sympathise with Ewan too (despite how it looks from the onset, that he’s the ‘other’ man, there’s a lot more to it than that…)
I adored the ending to Where Love Lies. It finished exactly as I wanted it to, although it was never certain what was going to happen, another factor which will keep your racing through to the end to find out what happens.

All in all, a beautiful story which examines if we should trust our heads over our hearts and the power that love can hold over us.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Tess at Transworld for very generously sending me a copy of Where Lies to read and review.

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Julie Cohen grew up in the mountains of western Maine, USA, and wrote stories from an early age, most of them involving rock stars or magic. After taking an honours degree in English from Brown University, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she spent three years researching fairies in Victorian children’s literature. As this had very few practical applications, she became a secondary school English teacher, writing novels in the evenings and in the school holidays. She currrently writes full time and lives in Berkshire with her husband, son and about a million guitars.
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