The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry

There comes a time in everyone’s life, a tipping point, when an earth shattering event or information shifts who you are and how you feel about yourself. Sometimes we can’t predict or even see these changes happening around us. When we do, however, see those changes, feel them, and embrace them, it dictates the way we think, speak, and ultimately hold our own hearts.

The Idea of Love is a self discovery for the broken hearted Ella. She has been the thoughtful and ever steadfast wife. They have had a great relationship and a fantastic sex life. So when her husband comes home professing his love for her best friends little sister, everything just crumbles from beneath her. Ella’s normal is no more.

Hunter, a screenwriter from Hollywood has decided to spend some time looking for a muse of sorts. He needs that next big movie hit. One he hopes to find while talking to people along his travels. Looking for stories of love from those he meets and trying to compose a story, when he sees the lovely yet seemingly broken Ella, he finds his winning story. He didn’t expect to find this woman’s story so captivating. Funny enough, what she shares with Hunter isn’t her real story.

Too bad these two have lied to each other about who the really are. I know, I know, you’re thinking:“ What does this have to do with self-discovery? It sounds like a quirky movie script!” Whelp, it really has more to do with Ella and how she decides to handle her husband’s deceit and her own towards this new friendship. Life is hard and it’s messy. Ella has to discover her inner strength and what she expects in return from those around her. She can sit back and let life happen to her or she can make life happen on her own terms., all the while being her best possible self. Whether she includes a cheating husband or a new found friend remains to be seen.

In the simplest of terms, I ADORED this read. I found it to be fun, full of heart, and inspiring.


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As we like to say in the south: "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."

Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love—until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to.

When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It's the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It's an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what's a little white lie between strangers?
But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?

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