November 06, 2016

Book Review | Love Connection by Camilla Isley

FIRST COMES LOVE #1
Love Connection by Camilla Isley
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: October 8th, 2016
Source: Received from the Author (Thank You!)
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Have you ever wondered what might have been?Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She’s at a crossroads.
Be the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s?Gemma’s decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks—will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she’s not even met yet?
Love Connection is a feel good Romantic Comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices.
Often we wonder how different things would have been if we had acted differently in each situation that life throws at us; what if I had/hadn't done that? it's a question that we frequently prompt answers to. In her latest book LOVE CONNECTION, Camilla Isley explores the odds of 'what-if' moments in life. 

To Chicago for best friend's marriage or to San Francisco to crash Ex's wedding? Gemma has bought two air tickets for the same day. In the introduction, we meet a character who is all at sea with two tickets in her hand. Her heart desires to travel to San Francisco and confess her love to Ex before he gets married, whereas her addled mind tells Gemma to fly to Chicago as the bride's maid to her BFF's wedding. The rest of the chapters are split between the possibilities of both the cases. 

The story is narrated in parallel timelines, alternative chapters give glimpses of Gemma's life in two possible realities. We see her crashing Ex's wedding, confessing love, winning him back and a life thereafter - while the other part describes Gemma at her friend's wedding and a series of interesting incidents it ensues.

Out of the two stories, I wound up liking the second one. While the ending was pretty obvious in the previous scenario, the latter one gave away no clues till the last chapter. It was interesting. Also, Gemma and Amelia's lovely and close friendship added more vigour to it. My heart was also broken when a particular character's heart was broken in the second story since he was my favourite in this book. 

Gemma meets her soulmate in both the cases. It was fascinating to find out how fate/choice plays different roles in life, and finally bringing her to where she is meant to be. I really liked it. Even so, the plot failed to keep me glued to it, as I found the constant jumping forth and back between the stories a bit rough and it left me confused at times. Overall, I enjoyed reading LOVE CONNECTION. Still, I didn't love it as I hoped, as the quick transitions dampened my interest in the story.

In a nutshell, LOVE CONNECTION is all that you can expect from Camilla Isley's book- an uncommon trope, bubbly and amusing writing peppered with interesting incidents and witty dialogues. It was unfortunate that it didn't whet my appetite, but you might end up liking it much. So definitely give it a try :)
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