March 28, 2013

book review: love in translation

Breaking up is hard to do, but in Sara Palacios' Love in Translation, the end of a relationship becomes the catalyst for a young woman's path to self discovery and true love.

Unscrupulously dumped by her cheating boyfriend, Emily quickly loses it. But after some mild ex-stalking, a look back at her other failed relationships, lots of red wine drinking, a household purge of everything that reminds her of the ex and time with her girlfriends, Emily comes to a realization. She had been settling for less than true love, and she is determined never to do it again.

That potential true love moves into the apartment across from her in the form of a sexy Spanish chef. Sparks fly as they embark on a sizzling affair. But even as she opens up her heart to this new romance, complications arise when her long-time best friend reveals his deeper feelings toward her.

Emily must make sense of her complicated life and decide which path is the right one on her road to happiness.

As far as characters go, Emily might be one of the most relatable I have read in a while. Not only does she handle her break-up in much the same way as I -- or any of my closest friends -- would, but when she falls apart, she does so with a mix of charm and cringe-worthiness that makes it an entertaining rather than totally painful read.

I also particularly liked her current life status: she teaches fourth grade and lives in an average apartment in a thriving city perfect for a young woman to explore life (Austin, Texas). She has enough quirkiness to make her interesting, but enough normalcy to make her comforting.

I could seriously see Emily and I being good friends, which made rooting for her all the easier.

Her pack of friends also offered plenty of entertainment and intrigue. Her best friends are there to support her and curse the awful ex when she needs them. But they are also there to intervene and talk her down when she slips into a bit of insanity. We could all use friends like Emily's.

The relationships Emily has with her parents and sister are also completely realistic, and the tense relationship with her mother adds additional depth to the story. Plus, her father is adorable and sweet.

Now, let's talk about the boys.

Andres, the hottie from across the hall, and Steven, her longtime best friend, each made solid candidates for Emily's main man. She has to choose between someone who makes her feel sexy and desirable and a person who has always been there for her.

I knew who I wanted to give my rose to early on (that's a reference from The Bachelor in case you've succeeded in never following this show, unlike me), but I could definitely understand the difficulty she faced.

Fast-paced and tightly written, Love in Translation made for a quick, but enjoyable read. After working with Sara on other blog tours and following her career for the past year, I was delighted to see her publish her debut novel and to have the opportunity to read and enjoy it. This was a solid first book, and I look forward to seeing what comes next for this fab author.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Be sure to check back tomorrow for an excerpt of the book and interview with the author.

About the Author
Sara Palacios is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Advertising and a minor in English Literature. It was during her time in college that she really fell in love with the written word and ventured into writing her own stories. In addition to writing, Sara spends a majority of her time reading the works of other authors.  She reads most genres  – but thoroughly enjoys chick-lit, women’s and historical fiction.

When she isn’t busy reading or writing, Sara enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is happily married, the owner of two precious doggies and a new mom to a handsome baby boy. Sara is also an avid animal-lover, runner, yoga enthusiast, wannabe vegan, USA soccer fan, foodie and fashion blog-lover and Christian. 

Connect with Sara
Twitter: Sara Palacios
Facebook: Sara Palacios

Buy the Book
Amazon: Print or eBook
Barnes and Noble: eBook
Kobo: eBook

Enter to Win
Everyone who leaves a comment on the main tour page (here) will be entered to win the Love in Translation prize package!

Prize package includes:
Six-pack eau de parfum from Victoria's Secret, $10 gift card to Target and the following items from Bath and Body Works: Carried Away shower gel, 3 oz. Sparkling Blackberry Woods lotion, small stress relief candle and small White barn candle.

Anyone who purchases their copy of Love In Translation before April 1 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries. Please note this is open to US residents only.

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  1. This is such a fun, thorough and entertaining review. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing LOVE IN TRANSLATION and I am so glad that you were able to partake in my blog tour.


  2. Excellent reveiw! I know what you mean about her being relatable. Emily was an everyday character but was fun to read about because of her everydayness. If that makes brain is so fried today!

  3. Very sweet cover and love the premise! xx, Lauren