Monday, December 8, 2014

Tuesday Memes: The Look of Love

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting The Look of Love by Sarah Jio

Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.

Opening Paragraph



In the fashionable fifth arrondissement along the river Seine, Elodie stands beside her flower cart watching couples stroll arm in arm. Love, she thinks, is not meant for her. Oh, yes, she could have a boy. An ice-cart driver, perhaps. A farmer in the countryside. A chimney sweep. One of those fellows outside the market who shine the shoes of wealthier men. But no. She takes a deep breath and plucks a ragged leaf from one of the peonies crowded in a basin of water. When she looks up, she sees the Count of Auvergne, Luc Dumond, his top hat towering above the crowd on the street. With his eyes fixed on hers, he crosses the cobblestone street, narrowly missing a horse and carriage.

My Teaser

    No matter what you feel about our meeting, no matter what you believe at this moment, promise me you’ll at least consider what we’ve talked about today. Eros, Ludus, Storge, Pragma, Mania, and Agape. You must identify them, and you must not fail. Promise me you won’t.
page 51

(These quotes are from uncorrected advance proofs. Please refer to the final printed book for corrected quotes!)

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. Even though this isn't my normal type of read I am very taken by the intro, I want to know why Elodie thinks love isn't for her and the teaser is compelling too. - it sounds great.

    Here is my TT this week from the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie

  2. Sounds like a terrific, entertaining premise for a story. The Paris setting and 1893 time frame make me want to keep reading to find out what happens. The flower seller reminds me of Eliza Doolittle!
    My Tuesday post features THE YANKEE CLUB.

  3. The blurb catches me more than anything. Love that she's on a quest for more than romantic love.

  4. I agree with Suzie. The blurb is quite catching. Hope you enjoy this one. Have a great week!

  5. That sounds really different. I like the tease.

    Mine this week is a Christmas story:

  6. I've read one of Jio's other novels (Violets of March) and really liked it. This sounds like another winner. Enjoy!

  7. I love Sarah Jio, so of course I'd keep reading. Hope you enjoy it.

    My Tuesday post:

  8. I have this one and can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing...and here is mine: “UNBECOMING”

  9. I know Sarah Jio's other books have been popular and I did like that first paragraph but probably not for me.

  10. I keep eyeing this one on Netgalley. It's a little outside my normal genres but it sounds really good!

    My TT

  11. One of my favorite authors! I look forward to reading this book.

  12. I've been seeing this one around, and it looks very good. And it's set in Paris apparently, which can't be bad.

  13. Sounds like fun Kim; hope you enjoy it. I've have good luck with this author previously.

  14. I like how this book starts. To me it seems like romance is on its way, but that may just be my wish. Either way, I hope you enjoy it.

  15. While not my normal reading this one has captivated me. Especially the opening.
    Here's my TT -