Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign: Love Struck

Love Struck
Chantel Simmons
Key Porter Books
Webcom -Green Publishers Gallery
Source: Author as part of Green Books Campaign
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This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

My Review:
Imagine for a moment that you’re out on the town with your best friend. As you sit down for your highly anticipated manicure, she gets a phone call from her husband saying she needs to return home. Since you have paid for two manicures and she obviously won’t be getting hers you stay for a pedicure. Why not right? Your feet deserve it. While finishing this pedicure you over hear two girls gossiping about a friend of theirs and her new married boyfriend, only to soon discover that boyfriend is your husband. Certain that you have heard incorrectly, you tap one of the girls on the shoulder, tell her you overheard and confirm his name. When she gives you both his first and last name you are suddenly aware of more than you can handle and flee the shop immediately. In a daze you arrive home to find you’ve left your shoes back at the shop, your door man is asking you if you are okay even though he can clearly tell you are not, and your crushed. After getting into your apartment, your mind running in a million directions, you receive a call from the cheater only to hear a woman’s voice on the other side. The woman is calling to tell you your husband has been in an accident. From here the journey begins, it is the end of the beginning and you cannot be held sanely responsible for what comes next. “Love Struck” is the hilarious heartwarming story of Poppy Ross and her husband Parker, as they journey through their life, discovering that perfect is not reality.

I finished this book with amazement. It is by far the best book I have read on the subject matter of an affair. I quickly identified with Poppy and her mindset. I felt the author understood what a wife would think, feel and react to upon discovering her husband was having an affair. The book had many twists that gave it an extra something. Simmons writes beautifully, making this novel easy to fly through. I honestly feel I wouldn’t’ change anything about this book. The characters were well developed and realistic. The storyline captured my attention from the start. Parkers’ accident is not what most readers expect and definitely made me laugh. The cover design is perfect along with the title. The book resembles the saying “When it rains, it pours”. It is sure to delight readers everywhere, especially if you enjoy women’s fiction.

“Love Struck” was sent to me for review as part of this year’s “Green Books Campaign”. The books are all printed on environmentally friendly paper, which is recycled or FSC-certified paper. “Love Stuck” was printed on recycled paper. The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness of publishers and readers to this way of printing and its availability.  Key Porter Books uses Webcom as it's main printing source for environmentally friendly books. I am proud to support this endeavor. Personally, I love books! I love to hold them, feel the pages, keep them for years, read and re-read them as well as discover a well worn book passed down from generation to generation. I realize that my already growing library houses a lot of paper! I didn’t see a difference in this book compare to other books. If anything, the pages felt more secure. They feel a little thicker and slightly stiffer, which enables them to stay intact easily. While the book was a little heavier, it wasn’t very noticeable. I only knew the book was environmentally friendly due to the campaign. I would definitely recommend “Love Struck” and I am completely thrilled to have found another “must read” author.



  1. I loved this book! I agree that it all seemed realistic, even though it is a far fetches situation. And it was cool reading Canadian chick lit!

    This was a great campaign, it was awesome being a part of it!

  2. Thank you so much for this review. I love the book, and will be buying it today!!!

  3. You're welcome! I look forward to reading your thoughts Zee! Shan do you have a review on this book? I'd love to read it!

  4. That sounds like a great read - I'll have to look for that next time I'm out. :)

  5. Sounds like a fun book that I'd enjoy reading. The cover is really cute, too!

  6. I haven't read much women's fiction (I'm a YA reader myself), but this one sounds like it's worth a try. Thanks for the review.

  7. Tiffany, this sounds like a great read! I am going to add it to my wish list now. Thanks so much for your fun review :)


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