September 25, 2012

book review: true love way

Nancy Scrofano offers a fun and entertaining read about a quirky heroine who is determined to rekindle the sparks with an old flame in True Love Way.

The Scoop on True Love Way:
Marlo Spencer relishes all things retro. Old TV shows, classic movies, and even the collectible lunch boxes to go with them. In fact, she’s quite cozy in her Malibu apartment, surrounded by her treasured knick-knacks and vintage memorabilia. It’s her best friend, Nik, who doesn’t get her fascination with all that “old junk,” as he calls it. He especially doesn’t understand why she’s so keen to get back to their hometown of Napa when her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris and nary a single phone call, eager to reunite with her. So, when Marlo heads up north to wine country to rekindle her relationship with Josh, Nik tags along, claiming he was already planning to visit his sister, Savannah, Marlo’s gal pal. Once they reach Napa, however, dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and past betrayals are revealed, leaving an unsuspecting Marlo to pick up the pieces. Can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart?
I am a fan of Nancy's work as a blogger and reviewer, so I was especially delighted to find myself a fan of her fiction as well.

Marlo is definitely a unique character, which sets this chick lit novel apart from others. Her love of retro -- an interest shared with the author who created her -- makes for a humorous and playful quirk. She wants to find love and goes after it even after having little success in the past. Though a little silly, she is generally a nice person who I found easy to like and identify with. This made it easy to fall into her story and get caught up in the action.

My theory about guys like Josh was confirmed in this story: Even though they seem like a good idea, they almost never turn out that way. Usually a relationship from the past broke down for a reason. Until you know the reason and find a resolution, there is not much use. Part of Marlo's journey is coming to terms with what happened and realizing that no matter how much she wills it, they can not pick up where they left off and live happily ever after. That's a good lesson ladies -- especially if you're like me and occasionally have a soft spot for exes (only to receive harsh reminders of why they're exes).

See how easy it was for me to identify with Marlo? I'm projecting on her.

While we're talking about having soft spots, I also love a good story where a heroine begins to look at a close friend in a new light, for better or worse. When romance mingles with friendship, I like it no matter what happens. Marlo and Nik's story line was fun to read, and mixed with some additional twists and turns.

Just like her Aunt Madge, I just wanted those two kids to figure things out. It made for a tense couple of hours as I read and wondered what would happen in the end.

Scrofano also writes well and has a solid storytelling voice. For me, I will read any story, no matter how seemingly predictable it might seem -- as long as it has a good voice and strong writing. Plus, the story was just so darn cute.

If you enjoy reading this book, like I did, I encourage you to checkout Nancy's other writing ventures (listed below). I am sure you will find them just as fun and entertaining to follow as I do.

Rating: 4 of 5

Check back tomorrow for an interview with the super talented Nancy Scrofano.

About the Author
Nancy Scrofano grew up watching classic television shows, classic movies, and listening to oldies, all of which she still adores today. Nancy has a penchant for the fifties, mostly because of her favorite show, I Love Lucy. She has seen every episode countless times and will happily share the trivia she knows with anyone who will listen. Nancy worked as an editor and a journalist for her college newspaper, then went on to develop sociology textbooks for an academic publisher. She has a master’s degree in media psychology, as well as undergraduate degrees in communication, radio and television, and liberal arts. Nancy currently writes book reviews for a prestigious book review magazine. Additionally, she is the founder and managing editor of The Chick Lit Bee, a book blog that promotes and celebrates women’s fiction, and Good Humor Girl, a women's entertainment blog. Nancy lives in southern California where she is at work on her next novel.

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