- Paperback: 344 pages
- Genre : Romantic Fiction
- Publisher: New American Library 2009
- Source: Bookcrossing Bookring
- A Favourite Quote: “It’s hard to end a relationship, especially when the person you are with is a great person. He probably did love you even as he left. just not in the way he needed to in order to make it work.”
One True Theory of Love disappointed me, after having been on a Bookcrossing Bookring list waiting to read for two years. I assumed it was something I must have wanted to read because I had enjoyed her previous novel Veil of Roses. To be honest I could not remember much about it, so I checked back to my review before writing the review for this one. It seems that did not meet my expectations either.
I do seem to be in the minority with my opinion on this one though, if you take a look at what the other Bookcrossers who read it before me had to say.
There is nothing to dislike or criticise about the writing or the characterisation, it was just I personally found the storyline a little too perfect and I am sorry to say I got bored. The protagonist Meg a single parent who was abandoned by her husband when she was pregnant with Henry her nine year old son is an intelligent and independent woman. She is a very complicated character, who seems to find it difficult to be completely truthful, in a relationship that seems to be so important to her, I found this disconcerting. The other thing that bothered me was just how easily Henry accepted his mothers relationship with Ahmed. Maybe I was just never going to become emotionally engaged with a novel whose opening line is ‘It’s easy to look at men and think they’re idiots’ as I do not happen to agree!
As for me I expect given the opportunity I will still read her recently published novel, Dreaming In English, published February 2011, a sequel to Veil of Roses as disappointment does not equal dislike.
Laura Fitzgerald, is the author of the three novels already mentioned. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with her husband and two children.