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The Love Market

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A new novel from the bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Married Women

When a marriage ends and a first love reappears, Celine Lewis is about to learn that moving on is as complicated as going back.

Three years after seeing her first love, Patrick, quite by chance in London, Celine's ten-year marriage to Mike is over and she is running her own business, called The Lo
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published February 5th 2010 by McArthur & Co (first published 2010)
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This was a great read.

Firstly, what a great cover. The woman waiting in the window, the muted, sophisticated colours, the title. It is all really fitting of the story within.

The most notable feature of this story is the authors writing style. Mason truly succeeded in giving Celine an engaging voice throughout the story. The writing really wraps the reader into the story. Not only that, Celine is a holistic, down-to-earth and relate-able character.

I also loved the theme of this book. I felt tha
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I got quite a bit more out of this story than I expected before I started it. I was immediately pulled in by the author's flowing prose and lyrical writing; it was very impressive. With that kind of talent, I don't think it will take Carol Mason long to get a pretty large reader base.

This is an emotionally driven story, and even though it revolves around the difficult topic of divorce, the story transmits more hope than regret. Celine and Mark are very fleshed out characters, Mason is as great w
Stephanie Watson
I have never read this author before but will go and get her previous two novels now. This book - The Love Market - was one of the best books i have read in a long time. I have read many women's fiction novels that deal with the one that got away. But this book deals it so differently. Because the book is as much about a marriage that may have got away as it is a first love. I too have divorced and had moments of wondering if I have done the right thing and this author made me so sympathetic to ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Meredith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of well written chick lit and romance.
As I was reading this book, a strange feeling overwhelmed me: I couldn't wait to review it. I couldn't wait to share it with others. In fact, I opened up a blank Notepad file and began typing this review with 40 pages left to read. This is the same feeling I had when I first read Emily Giffin and made the startling discovery that chick lit didn't have to be vapid--that it could be engaging, intelligent, and introspective.

Celine is a divorcée, mother, and professional matchmaker. Though her own r
Elii Vela
Esta novela me encantó por que tiene personajes muy reales, que te transmiten sentimientos, que te hacen preguntarte y replantearte un montón de cosas acerca del amor y los sacrificios que aveces se hacen en nombre de él...

La pluma de Carol Mason es fantástica, escribe de una manera que logra tenerte pegada al libro hasta que lo has terminado. Lo que más me ha gustado es que te permite conocer a los personajes de modo que no puedas tomar partido por ninguno o condenarlo, pues simplemente sabe
Whether one admits it or not, in our loves there always one, as Judy Garland sang, who "got away." There is that one person you loved who just couldn't be: it could have worked, it should have worked, it never would have worked. For whatever reason, you will always carry a torch for that person. What would you do if that person came back to your life? That is the premise of Carol Mason's novel "The Love Market," and I have to admit I related. Of course, we have all had that dream, that fantasy t ...more
All You Need Is Love, The Beatles said. Yeah, right...

Celine is a 30-something women, recently divorced, and mother of a teenager, who can't control the desires of her heart.

For several years she have been trying to make her marriage work, but it seemed destined to fail. And when, for some reason, she receives an email of Patrick, her first love, whom she never forgot, it seems like she is finally going to be happy.

It's a very realistic book, because although I had never had the opportunity to u
Book Binge
Those of us who enjoy reading romance fiction find that we get set to experience the "Happily Ever After" most of the time, regardless of the time period or genre of the context. It just seems that is a part of loving romance fiction. It comes as a bit of an emotional "jar" when we encounter the unhappy ending or at best, the bittersweet resolution . . . the way so much of life tends to be resolved, if the truth be known.

In this newest novel by Canadian author Carol Mason, we meet Celine, a woma
Celine is a romantic married to an incredibly practical and good-natured man, Mike. Since her time visiting The Love Market in Vietnam, years before her marriage, she's only been able to think about another man, Patrick. When, by an incredible set of circumstances, she sees Patrick again while visiting London with Mike she's thrown for a loop and suddenly her whole life veers off track. A few years later, an extremely amicable divorce, a random phone call and suddenly Celine is more unsure of he ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A story that quietly unfolded between a family that is being torn apart. Set in Northern England, this family unit of three is facing divorce and a new lifestyle that will forever change their lives. The child in this story is just the right age to have opinions on the matter of the family, but young enough to have no ability to stop what is going on or get away from it all. The other outlying characters were vibrant and full of life without overpowering the true center of the story.

As I don't t
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Rated 4.5 Star

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a thoughtful, insightful book on marriage and the path not taken. Celine’s marriage falls apart and she’s drawn back into the world of an old flame, Patrick who she never managed to forget.

The writing style was different in The Love Market than most chick lit novels. It was written with more depth, poetically even at times and her attention to details and prose had me rereading sentences – at first, occasionall
Waneeka Husain
I have to admit the author has an engaging writing style. She is very detail oriented which does not allow the reader to put down the book. The book focuses on Celine Lewis who recently got divorced. Her first love reappears and the story unfolds then. I do admire Celine looking after best interests of her daughter, Aimee. Her stepsister acts like her best friend throughout the book. While reading the book, though, I failed to understand why exactly Mike and her divorced. She mentioned a couple ...more
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 20th March 2011

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The Love Market is one book that I think most married couple could easily relate to, especially if they have been married for years and with children. I don’t know if you have heard about the 7 years itch and whatnot, but The Love Market demonstrate exactly just that-evaluation of one’s relationship with the other half as well as unresolved issues in marriage.

The Love Market, despite being a conte
Melyssa Williams
Not sure how I felt about this book - I probably won't remember it after a while, but I did enjoy it. Not a very likable heroine. Good way with words ("I am his strange bed" keeps echoing in my head - love it!). Author did a great job keeping her ending under wraps; I really had no idea where she was going or who she would end up with, if anyone. Celine was wishy-washy and it seemed like she had too many epiphanies for me (she loves Patrick, no wait - maybe she loved Mike all along, no wait - sh ...more
It was very predictable, a Harlequin type of book. Something to read in between more in-depth narratives. Startlingly unremarkable.
Kim Hornsby
Feb 09, 2013 Kim Hornsby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who loves women's fiction
Besides the fact that Mason can really, really write, this novel's story was so brilliant it will now become one of my all time favorite reads. I love Women's Fiction when it's written with the talent of Carol Mason. Like a beautifully risen souflee, this novel starts with all the ingredients of a masterpiece and rises to perfection. It's a brilliant delve into one woman's pivotous about-face in her life with just enough humor to keep us loving Celine, just enough conflict to keep us staying up ...more
This book is well written and engaging, showing the real life and quandaries of Celine, a middle-aged matchmaker, who takes faltering steps towards building a new life, where she can actually have the type of love and romance the she only thought her clients deserved. I really like that this novel is beyond the traditional chick lit novel. Had this book been written in a different genre, with more detail, it could be an epic type novel-- there is the backstory for a multi-generational tale, much ...more
A bittersweet, pungent account of a marriage gone awry, the struggles of the characters to make a new context for their lives, and how to frame a future when an old love arrives to complicate matters. The wounds and pain are everywhere and draw the reader into the hopes and disappointments, the hours of joy and the days of loss. Just a fabulous book that will engage the imagination and which refuses to leave the emotions unscathed.
An absorbing and moving tale of the roller coaster emotions experienced through relationships and divorce. Funny and endearing in parts as the principle players hold your attention through a maze of experiences thoughtfully explored.This book is the second one I have read from this author and like the other it didn't disappoint. An engaging read that I couldn't put down. Recommended.
Shawn Bird
Celine fell in love with a newly married man in The Love Market in Vietnam. He left, she returned to the UK, married, had a child. On their 10 anniversary trip to London, she spots her first love getting into a taxi. Her response changes her life.

Some nice characters, some pithy observations, and a happy ending.

I was a little surprised at all the typos, though!
I loved this story - Carol Mason did an excellent job of giving us likeable characters and a story that was sad and happy, with a great potential to go many different ways. I love where she ended it, giving us the ability to finish 2010 in our own way. Great story - good book.
I thought I would give a chance to different authors and I found that this book was really good, i liked how she got the person she wanted And the book was set in the north east which you don't really find
This is a book about a married woman who is about to get divorced because she never really got over her first love. This was a sweet little story and I loved the ending.
The story didn't go where I thought that it was going, but I was satisfied with ultimate story. The story was true to the characters. A quick read...
Check out my review at Edwards Magazine Bookclub:
It was an ok book. Romance but not smut. Not predictable like some.
Lucie Simone
Another great read from Carol Mason! Review to come.
This book was really good. Recommended!
I couldn't finish this book!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Aug 05, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] marked it as to-read
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