What We're Reading

By Louisa Emery on June 18, 2010 9:14 AM |

The Love Verb, Jane Green
£16.99, Penguin

Don't judge this book by its cover. There is a deeply breaking tale buried beneath the shallow sleeve.

It looks like chick lit, it sounds like chick lit, but don't let that put you off.

This book made me cry, great big girlie tears and no chick lit tale has ever done that.
True, this probably is not a book for the boys, but I think some chaps would enjoy it.

Callie and Steffi are two sisters, alike as chalk and cheese. City girl Steffi refuses to settle while all-American country princess Callie has two perfect kids and a husband who adores her.

The dynamic is forced to change when Callie who has beaten cancer in the past, starts to feel unwell.

Jane Green wrote this story after nursing her close friend through cancer. When she was in hospital she asked Jane if she was going to write about her and, although this is not her story, there are elements so vividly painful that they can only be taken from real life. Which is why it made me bawl.

The story has a moral but it's not shoved down your throat in an Oprah Winfrey book club kind of way. And the true life influence has nothing of the made for TV movie in it.
It's gritty but with a cosy, curl up on the sofa on a rainy Sunday afternoon, vibe.