Magic, by Tami Hoag

Cover ImageFinished 5-26-08, rating 2.5/5, romance, pub. 1990

Rachel has come home for the first time in five years to take of her mother, Addie, who is sick with Alzheimer’s disease.  She finds that Bryan is already living in the house, looking for ghosts.  Sparks fly and within 12 hours they are in love.  Although the focus is the love story, the relationship between Rachel and Addie is the most interesting.  There is a mystery thrown in, but not one that really mattered. 

 I started reading this a few months ago and completely lost interest, but for whatever reason decided I would finish it.  This book is sickeningly sweet, and not in a good way.  It seemed to repeat the same thoughts and feelings without much new to add.  I really enjoy Tami Hoag’s mysteries, but this is the first and maybe last of her romances I will read (unless of course I have another one hiding in that huge stack of books in my kitchen).

Love Story, by Erich Segal

Cover ImageFinished 5-25-08, rating 3.5/5, fiction, pub. 1970

“Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.”   Chapter 13

I’ve seen the movie and knew the story, so I was surprised when I shed a few tears as I finished reading this slim novel.  I mistakenly thought the brevity would lessen the emotional impact, but it seemed to enhance it. 

Rich boy and Harvard jock, Oliver Barrett IV first met poor, smart Radcliffe student, Jenny, in the library.  An unlikely romance blossomed and in no time they were in love.  Jenny was awed by the Barrett estate when meeting his parents and Oliver was humbled when he met the neighbors and father who loved Jenny.  They were an odd couple and as often happens they decided to marry.

In marrying Jenny, Oliver was cut out of the family money and he and Jenny were forced to work their way through his law degree.  Jenny never stopped trying to reunite Oliver and his father.  Oliver graduated and and landed a great job in New York City and they seemed to have it all.  Then Jenny got sick.

I had a few healthcare issues.  The doctor told Oliver Jenny was sick, but did not tell Jenny!  He told Oliver to act as if everything were normal and Oliver did!  I don’t get it.  But other than that I really found the story touching and would recommend it.