Monday, 19 October 2015

Book Review - Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #4

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Title: Where Love Lies
Author: Julie Cohen
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: 12th February 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars

When Felicity steps off the train on the way to meet her husband, she is so sure of everything. Where she is heading, what she will eat at the restaurant, the first words her husband will say when she arrives, their life together. 

Then she catches a scent of perfume in the air. Forgotten emotions rush to the surface, memories of another man she loved years ago.

As it happens again and again, Felicity begins to make decisions that no one can understand. What is happening to her? Is she losing a part of herself, or finding one?

How can she truly know where love lies?

I was intrigued and hooked by this book from the first few pages. I lost large periods of time, at a time, while absorbed in the story. At times I wasn't really sure what the point of the book was, but yet I wanted to continue reading, and see what would happen. 

What really fascinated me was how Felicity kept smelling a specific scent, and at first she was convinced it was her mother sending a sign, and then she realises that it belonged to her first love. We get flash backs to when she first meets, this man, and its a very intense feeling, and was all encompassing. 

It really does show how complex the brain can be, where a certain scent can bring a long forgotten memory right to the front. 

During the period of time of the story, Felicity is trying to work out is what she keeps smelling and remembering real, does she really have feelings for her first love, or is her husband enough for her.

We have some chapters from Quinn, her husbands point of view, and you can sense he on some levels thinks either that Felicity is weird or there is something up with her, but he is clearly besotted by her, and the surprise anniversary gift was very thoughtful and romantic. Quinn just tries his hardest to please his wife. 

We also have chapters from the point of view of the old boyfriend, and they at first are quite dark in content, and its clear the young man has had a troubled life. 

Where Love Lies is split into three very distinct parts, each of them with a slightly different feel and bias to the story. 

Felicity has some very tough decisions to make, and there is only so long she can bury her head in the sand about it all. I just wanted to know more about these smell memories, and you do get an explanation during the book for them. 

Where Love Lies is a brilliant book, which is as interesting as it is serious, and gives you a lot of food for thought. 

Thank you to everyone that voted for Where Love Lies, in last weeks Rachel Reads Randomly feature, including Julie Cohen herself. Really appreciate you all telling me I must read this book, and so glad you did, as I hate to think how long it could have been on my kindle without my reading its fabulousness otherwise. 


  1. Love it when you can lose yourself in a book.

  2. Ooh, this one sounds like a good one. I should probably stop reading book blogs today because my must buy list has grown so much in the last hour. I can already hear my bank account weeping. lol.

    1. Lol, in that case us book bloggers are possibly doing something right. This is a great book, and i hope you enjoy it if you do decide to get it.


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