Rating: 4 out of 5
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Now back to my review. Truly, Madly was one of the two novels that I bought while I was in Japan, and I read the majority of it on my ten-hour-long flight back home. It was published in 2010 and written by Heather Webber.
I gravitated toward Truly, Madly in the bookstore, because I'm a sucker for cutesy covers. The curlier the font, the happier the ending, right?
The romance novel follows Lucy Valentine, who reluctantly takes over her father's match-making business after he's caught in an extramarital affair. The catch is that every Valentine in her family matches people based on the auras that they can secretly see--well, except for Lucy.
As a teen, Lucy's supernatural aura-reading powers were zapped away in an electrical surge, only to be replaced by the ability to find lost objects. Just think of your missing item, shake Lucy's hand, and bam! She'll know where it is.
This skill comes in handy when she has a vision of a missing wedding ring--on a dead body--immediately embroiling her in a murder case. She asks the assistance of sexy private eye Sean Donahue...and I'm pretty sure you can guess what happens next.
I just hope you weren't guessing sex, because unfortunately Webber makes the reader wait for the sequels for that. However, that's not to say there aren't any steamy moments, because Lucy and Sean have great chemistry. I enjoyed their witty banter and watching them slowly learn to trust one another and fall in love.
Like many romance novels, the mystery plot was a bit clunky and unrealistic, so hopefully the sequels will smooth out the rough patches. Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which I bought on a whim. I guess you can judge a book by its cutesy cover!