The Joys of Love
Crosswicks, Ltd., 2008
This story of first love was written in the 1940s by the author but wasn’t published until 2008. It takes place in a sleepy beach town over the course a single weekend where the protagonist, Elizabeth, falls in and out of love and learns a lot about herself and her mother (who abandoned her when she was very young), all while apprenticing in a summer theater group.
I don’t read stories of romance very often mostly because I don’t like emotional turmoil the girls go through over the man they love. And this one is no exception. The main character, Elizabeth, goes through all sorts of emotional jumping jacks to discover the man she thinks she loves really only wants her to satisfy his needs and the man who really loves her, she considers just a friend. Of course, when all is said and done, Liz gives up her ‘dream man’ for the one who truly loves her and she has a promise of an acting job when the summer is over.
The author has captured the essence of a 1940s era beach town, so much that you can practically feel the sea spray on your face and enjoy the 25 cent hamburgers. It may be one of the author’s earlier books, but it shows of her writing talent well. Its’ really not fair for me to write a review because I will rate it lower only because its primarily a romance novel. Were it only about the antics of a theater troupe, the rating would be 4 paws out of 5, but as it is . . .
Rating 3 out of 5 paws.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
– Madeleine L’Engle
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