Saturday 13 July 2013

The Love of My (Other) Life

Finished July 12
The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton

I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, but I got a lot. It was sexy, funny, quirky and totally enjoyable.
Tessa is behind in her maintenance payments on her coop in a big way, having trouble ever since the split from her husband. She works for very little money for a local church assisting seniors with all kinds of problems they have. But the church is also having money issues. On a positive note, after two years of not being able to produce any art, Tessa is back painting again, and the inspirations for painting just keep coming. But can she restart her career again.
Brian Tennyson is a physics professor, but when he appears suddenly in Tessa's life, seeming to know her, she doesn't know if he is crazy, homeless, or both. Somehow, though, she knows he doesn't pose any danger to her. What she doesn't understand at first, is that he is from a parallel life, a life in which he was married to Tessa.
I really liked the parallel lives angle, and the connection between Tessa and Brian was done well. Tessa's character in particular was given depth, with history, her friends and her job, her worries and passions. Brian was a little less so, but then he is in Tessa's world here, not his own, so that kind of felt right.
I loved the humour, and the message around body image. All in all, a really good read.

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