Today's book review is for Everything Love is by Claire King. This is her second book, after she released The Night Rainbow a couple of years ago but my first book by her. I heard great things about her debut so was really happy to get a review copy of this one. Read my thoughts about it here:
Title: Everything Love Is
Author: Claire King
Published: July 28th by Bloomsbury
Blub: From the author of The Night Rainbow: a poignant, mysterious and unforgettable story of love, and of the happy endings we conceive for ourselves.
Baptiste Molino has devoted his life to other people’s happiness. Moored on his houseboat on the edge of Toulouse, he helps his clients navigate the waters of contentment, yet remains careful never to make waves of his own.
Baptiste is more concerned with his past than his future: particularly the mysterious circumstances of his birth and the identity of his birth mother. But Sophie, the young waitress in his local bar, believes it is time for Baptiste to rediscover passion and leads him into the world on his doorstep he has long tried to avoid.
However, it is Baptiste’s new client who may end up being the one to change his perspective. Elegant and enigmatic, Amandine Rousseau is fast becoming a puzzle he longs to solve. As tensions rise on the streets of the city, Baptiste’s determination to avoid both the highs and lows of love begins to waver. And when his mother’s legacy finally reveals itself, he finds himself torn between pursuing his own happiness and safeguarding that of the one he loves.
Review: First of all, let me warn you. Everything Love Is was a bit confusing (at least for me). Especially the first part as you don't really know what is going on, who is narrating the story and when it is happening. This frustrated me a little, because you don't really start figuring things out until you've read at least 80 or 100 pages. So, if you start reading this book and feel a bit lost, do not worry and persevere because once you've more or less grasped what's going on, this becomes a beautiful story.
Baptiste, the main character, is a very interesting and surprising character and you can't help but warm to him. And as the story progresses and you find out more about him, even more. Slowly, you get to know the other characters in this story too, like Baptiste's latest client or the waitress he befriends on his local pub. They all play a key role in his story but they also have their own story to tell which makes for a very intriguing read.
The main topic of the book is definitely Love. Not falling in love but what loving means and what you are prepared to do and give up for love. This is not the most romantic story you'll ever read but it will definitely touch your heart. But then, Claire King also handles several more serious topics with such care and respect. This is definitely a novel that will make you think and reflect on your own life because what happens in it could happen to anyone of us.
All in all Everything Love is a complex and heart-breaking story that will stay with you for a long time.
Rating: 4 stars
I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*