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Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
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Jan 20, 10

bookshelves: arc, fiction

Lucy Valentine comes from a long line of successful matchmakers who are secretly able to match clients by reading auras. When Lucy’s father is caught having an affair, Lucy is left in charge of the family business. Unfortunately, Lucy’s powers were scrambled and she can only find lost objects, not true love. Although the job has its perks, such as proximity to handsome private detective Sean Donahue, Lucy finds herself in trouble when her powers inadvertently uncover a murder mystery!

While the premise of Truly, Madly may seem silly, the story overcomes this by never taking itself too seriously. The mixture of mystery, comedy, romance and the paranormal at first appears to be a recipe for the disaster, but Webber is able to blend the elements well and make them work.

The story is told in first person by the protagonist, Lucy Valentine, whose desire to use her abilities to help others drives much of the plot. Combined with her independence and sense of humor, Lucy comes off as a very likeable character. Webber’s writing style is very simple and dialogue based, and some of the short sentences may be distracting at times. However, the story is very engaging and the occasional clipped sentence becomes less noticeable.

The romance element, while important to the story, is only one aspect of the story. Lucy is not constantly pining over Shaun, nor are there any cheesy, groan inducing love scenes. The mystery aspect, while not particularly deep, makes for a fun story and drives the plot of this enjoyable, light read.

A review copy was provided by the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
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