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The Idea of Love

The Idea of Love As we like to say in the south Don t let the truth get in the way of a good story Ella s life has been completely upended She s young beautiful and deeply in love until her husband dies in a tragic

  • Title: The Idea of Love
  • Author: Patti Callahan Henry
  • ISBN: 9781250040329
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As we like to say in the south Don t let the truth get in the way of a good story Ella s life has been completely upended She s young, beautiful, and deeply in love until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying to save her Or so she ll have everyone believe Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers block and a serious lack of motivatiAs we like to say in the south Don t let the truth get in the way of a good story Ella s life has been completely upended She s young, beautiful, and deeply in love until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying to save her Or so she ll have everyone believe Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere He s on the look out for a love story It doesn t matter who it belongs to When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina, it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice It s the stuff of epic films In Hunter, Ella finds possibility It s an opportunity to live out a fantasy the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful And real Besides what s a little white lie between strangers But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together And so they wonder can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right

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      Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestelling novelist of eleven novels Her latest is THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER S END with Penguin Random House Berkley

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    1. The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry is a St. Martin's Press publication. I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy, and this book pays homage, in a charming way, to that genre. Although 'Harry Met Sally' is the main example this book points to a time or two, one of my favorite Romcoms is ‘While you Were Sleeping’, and this story put me in mind of it because an unintentional relationship occurs based on a falsehood. While this story doesn’t offer up belly laughs exactly, the dialogue i [...]


    2. There comes a time in everyone’s life, a tipping point, when an earth shattering event or information shifts who you are and how you feel about yourself. Sometimes we can’t predict or even see these changes happening around us. When we do, however, see those changes, feel them, and embrace them, it dictates the way we think, speak, and ultimately hold our own hearts.The Idea of Love is a self discovery for the broken hearted Ella. She has been the thoughtful and ever steadfast wife. They hav [...]


    3. A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewE IDEA OF LOVEby master storyteller, Patti Callahan Henry, a contemporary magical story of unexpected love and life (with a beautiful front cover drawing you in)-- of two people searching for something, and the lengths they go to find it. A journey of reinvention, and finding what really matters in life, mixed with wit and southern humor.One man is searchingfor a love story to save his career. A wo [...]


    4. Novelists set themselves a particular challenge when they begin a story with two unsympathetic protagonists. On the plus side, this gives the characters plenty of scope for growth. The downside, however, is that it makes it hard for readers to want to stick with characters who are rather unlikable. Harder still for readers to care what happens to them.Unfortunately, I found this to be the case here. Both characters begin their interaction by feeding the other a lie. I was initially okay with thi [...]


    5. charlotteswebofbooks.I am not going to lie, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping to be swept away and find myself rooting for the "happy ever after" - but I really wasn't sure which way was the "happy ever after" I wanted.


    6. It all started with a little white lieHunter is a screenwriter in need of a story. He visits a sleepy little town, hoping to interview its community in search of something to spark his next big hit. Posing as a serious author of historical and travel works, Hunter manages to get the attention of a beautiful young woman with a captivating storyElla can't bear to face the truth of her husband's affair, so she invents an amazing story that portrays his death in a heroic light. When an author comes [...]


    7. When Ella Flynn and Blake Hunter met in Watersend, South Carolina, they each had their own agenda, and they were each telling little white lies.Ella, who was a resident of the town, had shared with Blake, who was calling himself Hunter Adderman and posing as a writer of history: "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." She had no idea that "Hunter" had already begun following that particular piece of advice.Maybe the little white lies were harmless. But before we can answer the ques [...]


    8. "The Idea of Love" was not a bad book, but after reading seven of Patti Callahan Henry's prior books, -all but one, to date, I felt this was her weakest novel. It differed in tone and style from the others, and not in a positive way. The writing was not as lyrical and beautiful. The characters were not as sympathetic and were harder to love. Perhaps if I had not read the other books, I might not be so critical, but I did, and so I am!Lies and more lies rest between two nearly broken souls who me [...]


    9. Summer brings out the list of my favorite writers and one of them is Patti Callahan Henry. This is my first time to share one of her novels. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The Idea of Love. So sit back and be ready to be enticed for a great story!Synopsis: Blake Hunter is looking for his next story. He writes screenplays which come to the big screen in Hollywood. There is only one problem he hasn’t had a hit in a long time. So he travels to Watersend South Carolina to see what [...]


    10. Love. “We can’t keep using it to describe everything from hamburgers to best friends to spouses to moms. It’s not the same damn thing.”Lies. “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story”Ella Flynn believes in love. She loves her husband. She shouldn’t. He’s a jerk. Blake Hunter is a playwright who will do anything to find a love story. He’ll lie. And then he meets his match and he gets what he gives. Lies.Set in the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, where the sw [...]



    11. Did not finish. Not my cup of tea. Why must adults start off with lies to each other??? Sorry but are we not more evolved than this? Honestly-juvenile.


    12. The Idea of Love starts out with Hunter wandering in the Southern East Coast, hoping to find a good love story that may “cure” his writer’s block. When he sees Ella, a sad woman sitting at a café table, he believes he’s found his inspiration. But will he be able to pry into her personal life without making her become suspicious of his selfish agenda?To be honest, I didn’t know at first if I’d like a story with the protagonists lying to one another. But as I got to know Hunter and El [...]


    13. As we like to say in the south: "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love—until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to. When Hunter and Ella m [...]


    14. Patti Callahan Henry writes with perfect Southern charm. She writes the South how I see it and feel it. Ella Flynn has had a rough time lately. Her husband left her, her job sorta sucks and she lives in a less than par apartment. When Hunter Adderman or aka Blake Hunter introduces himself as a freelancer writing about small southern towns, Ella shares a different picture of her life. Believing this was a one time only meeting-what could it hurt? Their story begins with a lie, then another lie an [...]


    15. ave you ever told a lie, just a little white one, that just kept building and building until it was an entire story? That is what is happened to Ella and Hunter (aka Blake). The story is cute, charming but proof of what all can go wrong when truths are not told. Ella thought she was in love with her husband, until he did her wrong and left her. When she met Hunter, a writer looking to tell the tale of love, she spun her tale. I believe she could not handle what was going on. She had buried so mu [...]


    16. When Hunter meets Ella, he's looking for a love story. One that could be his next big break and get him out of his slump. So he lies about who he is and what he's doing in her charming little southern coast city to put her at ease. What he doesn't realize is that the tragic love story he comes to call in love with is not Ella's story. He doesn't realize she's not being honest about herself either. Through all the falsehood, can these two unearth their own hidden truths?I enjoyed how the author w [...]


    17. Ella and Hunter have not had success in the love department. So what can happen if they embellish the truth when they meet? They won’t see each other again so what’s the harm in telling a few fibs?Patti Callahan Henry’s novel explores reality vs. the way we think love should be. I felt kind of sorry for Ella. She’s been left by the people she loved. Her mother died in a horrible way and her husband found the love of his life (not Ella, apparently). And then her boss does some shady thing [...]


    18. A fascinating novel right from the start. The premise here--that two people could fall in love even if they hadn't been honest with one another from the start, was explored in detail in a way that I wouldn't have imagined. Patti Callahan Henry has a gift for creating characters that are flawed, but in such a way that they feel so human, so familiar, you want to know them better. When I read her stories, I often find myself forgetting that this is a book and that these are not real people. They b [...]


    19. Ella is having a drink at her favorite cafe when a stranger approaches her asking about the history of the town. She tries to send him to the visitor's bureau but he convinces her that he would like to know the town through the eyes of someone who lives there. As she takes him around the town they reveal parts of themselves to each other. She learns that Hunter is writing about southern towns and is divorced and estranged from his 12 year old daughter. He learns that she has lost her husband whi [...]


    20. It's evident that Patti Callahan Henry loves the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her descriptions of the fictional town of Watersend will make you fall in love with the Lowcountry, too. Against this backdrop, readers meet two broken people who make up stories to conceal their personal failures. The Idea of Love poses the question: is love a real, tangible thing, or just an idea that we create and enact based on what we've seen in the movies? Thanks to St. Martin's Press for sending me an advanced [...]


    21. Small southern townunhappy marriageranger in town. makings for a great story, The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry.Ella Flynn has been having a rough go at life: her husband is wanting a divorce and she is working in a dead-end job at a bridal boutique. Blake Hunter is a Hollywood screen writer who ends up in Watersend, SC looking for a story that will put him back in good graces with the Hollywood critics. What more could a reader want for a summer fun read? I look forward to reading more f [...]


    22. Love Not Just For the Young The heroine is devastated after her husband leaves for her BFF's sister. She thinks that getting him back again will make her happy. She finds support and comfort from an older woman and a writer who is town. Is the idea of love what most people have or is real love possible?Patti Callahan Henry has created another emotional novel that readers of all ages can enjoy. She shows that love is not just for the young can happen even after regrets and heartbreak. This author [...]


    23. The so called heroine in this book has such a weak personality, you feel like slapping her and saying wake up and do something!!!! Get an attorney, get a life and stop being such a doorstop for people to step all over.The storyline was dull and the characters, with the exception of the neighbour Mimi, were so unlikable it was a real chore to slog through this book to the end. Don't waste your time on it.


    24. I wasn't sure how I felt about this book. I was slow getting into it and when I did, I waffled between liking the main character, Ella, feeling sorry for her, and wanting to tell her to pull up her big girl panties and get on with it! In the end, I decided I liked her and enjoyed the story very much.


    25. This is a book that I will read over and over again. I love the charming story of Ella Flynn and Blake Hunter. SC is a beautiful place and the love story based in Watersend, SC is no different. Several knotted and complicated relationships in this story prove to be an amazing love story.



    26. A grown up love story that wisely doesn't try to be more than it is. The writer showed skill in pulling off the story within a story, which is never easy to do.



    27. Wonderful read!! Cleverly done, and the perfect summer read. I read this in one day - captivated me. Ironically, it would make a great movie! (Library copy)


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