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Posted April 14, 2014
In her debut novel, Love Illusion, author Chineka Williams weaves an enjoyable story about friendship, love illusions, and journeys of self-discoveries.
Set in Chicago, Illinois and written in an alternating third person narrative, the reader follows the intertwining life journeys of Lucy, Jade and Charles.
Lucy is a Public Relations executive who handles public relations events for celebrity clients. She has recently broken off her relationship with Charles due to his abusive and controlling behavior and anger issues. She is a new homeowner and has a passion for fashion and photography.
Jade is a tenth grade English teacher who is two weeks away from marrying her fiance Reggie. Jade and Lucy have been best friends since high school, they have been through a lot together and have each other's back.
Charles is a Cardiologist at the University of Illinois Hospital, but since Lucy broke off their relationship, his life has been on a downward spiral. His job is in jeopardy and he has been suspended pending a hearing with the hospital review board, but all of his focus has been on getting Lucy back into his life. Besides his anger issues, he is an alcoholic, who had an unhappy childhood as a foster child with abandonment issues.
While Jade embarks on a happy new journey towards marriage, Lucy is dealing with Charles' unwanted attention that becomes alarmingly obsessive. A dangerous turn of events leads Lucy to accept a new PR position in Seattle to restart her life away from Charles, while Charles' journey of self-discovery will shatter his love illusion for Lucy and force him to face reality.
I really enjoyed reading Love Illusion. The author has a rich descriptive style that easily draws the reader into Lucy, Jade, and Charles' lives. While the story spans a brief few months, the reader follows their individual yet intertwined journeys which leads each of them to live new lifestyles. I loved the progression of Jade's journey from her wedding planning, to their wedding and honeymoon in Belize, to the search for their first house. I really felt for Lucy and what she had to go through with Charles, he has some serious problems that made me feel nervous for her safety. The intriguing twists and turns in regard to Lucy and Charles kept me in suspense. I loved how Lucy made a decision to stand up for herself and restart her life in Seattle, but I have to say that Charles' outcome completely surprised me. I really enjoyed reading about the wonderful friendship between Lucy and Jade, I couldn't help but smile as it reminded me of the same kind of relationship that I have with my best friend. Love Illusion is a wonderful story that can be read in one sitting.
With an intriguing cast of realistic characters who the reader can connect with and relate to; an engaging plotline, dialogue, and interactions; and a richly detailed description of Chicago, Belize and Seattle and their famous landmarks; Love Illusion is an enjoyable women's fiction novel that the readers will be sure to enjoy.
Posted April 11, 2014
This was a fun read. I enjoyed Lucy and her friendship with Jade the most. There were true friends. Through thick and thin they knew they had each other. Jade’s story was a happy one, getting married and buying a house, while Lucy’s was not so happy, a stalking ex-boyfriend. I enjoyed reading about them meeting for coffee and being able to talk about everything and anything. They were entirely real people.
The story of Lucy’s ex was scary for me. The fact that he took it so far was terrifying. I understood the sleepless nights and the forever looking over her shoulder. I was glad that she had Jade to give her the kind ear and to help her handle it all. It was also great that Lucy didn’t just accept the problems and went to the police to make sure she was protected.
I did have a hard time connecting to the characters. I am not sure if that was due to the point of view changes or the way the story was told. I didn’t feel like I had a vested interest in making sure Charles did not get to Lucy or that Jade and her husband lived happily ever after. Seth, Lucy’s friend, was a great character that added stability to Lucy’s life and I wish that more had been made of their friendship.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Love Illusion. If you are looking for an easy and fun ready I recommend it.