Get swept away to Paris with a second chance romance...
Once upon a time in Paris, Lindsey, an idealistic young painter, and Jack, the son of a hotel owner, fell in love. Before Lindsey returned to New York, she and Jack wanted to attach a lock to the Pont de Arts bridge--a traditional way to symbolize their eternal devotion.
But they accidentally dropped their lock into the river. And although they made plans for Jack to join her in New York, he never did.
Twenty years have passed. Lindsey, now a divorced businesswoman, has returned to Paris with her daughter, who will be studying art at the Sorbonne. Lindsey's own dreams of creating a masterpiece are long gone.
When Lindsey and Jack meet again, all their memories come rushing back...along with their regrets. Could they recapture the magic they shared when they were young? Or is it too late for a love they once believed would last forever?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I actually enjoyed this book more than the movie, and am glad I had the chance to read it!
A decent read with a surprisingly genuine and heartwarming plot that unfortunately falls a little flat by the obvious inexperience of the author. The vocabulary and sentence structure could have been vastly improved for its target audience, and the writing could have benefited from more flair and originality. Despite these shortcomings, however, the story does manage to strike a chord with its readers, in terms of emotional prowess and the tugs-at-your-heart-strings vibe it projects throughout, which is typical of the Hallmark brand. Overall, the mother-daughter duo of Lindsey and Alexa as two central characters in the plot, who share an enviable relationship of affection and camaraderie between themselves, and who each manage to find romance in the City of Love, Paris, makes this book what it is, an enjoyable read from start to finish with an uncanny ability to show the complex, yet warm, dynamics of having strong human connections.
Another cute and quick read by Hallmark Publishing. While I have really enjoyed Hallmark putting their movies to the page, this one lacked in chemistry. There are three love stories that this story follows, but the most endearing ones are the minor two stories, rather than the major one between Jack and Lindsey. The basic premise is that two former flames meet again twenty years after love gone awry. Twenty years of regrets and their reunion is somewhat anticlimactic. The true pleasure here, for folks who have also enjoyed the movie, is the epilogue. It provides some of the closure that the movies sometimes do not. But even in this epilogue, the relationship focus is not the one you would expect. I read this in a few hours on a rainy day and overall it was an enjoyable read. I'll continue to look out for favorites from Hallmark Publishing. I was given an advanced copy from my friends at Netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review.
Love Locks is a sweet, contemporary romance that highlights second chances, risking your heart, and never giving up on your one true love. I've always enjoyed hearing about the bridges in Paris where couples would hang a lock to represent their everlasting love, and it was neat to see a book written about this tradition. Lindsey and Jack were one such couple; a couple that fell in love in their early twenties in Paris, and wanted to place a lock on the bridge to symbolize how they felt about each other. However, fate has other plans when the lock is swept into the river below in the process, and soon after their romance is no more. Lindsey is now a divorced, magazine owner and operator, who's slightly bitter against love, and has never been back to the city where she first gave her heart away. When her daughter decides to follow in her footsteps and study a semester abroad in Paris to work on her developing her artistic talent, Lindsey accompanies her for the journey. Sometimes second chances happen when we least expect them, as Lindsey is stunned to discover that the beautiful hotel they're staying in is owned by none other than Jack himself! Jack and Lindsey's journey back to finding each other and finding love once again was beautifully written, especially with the vivid descriptions of Paris as their backdrop. I've never personally visited Europe, but I could create a pretty amazing mental picture from the way the author describes all the historic landmarks, the lights, the food, and the atmosphere. While I enjoyed Lindsey and Jack's story, I also really enjoyed the focus on the other two couple's throughout the story, and the way that its highlighted that love can happen at any time, and can span many generations. I really enjoyed this story overall, and I thought the ending was perfect, even though it was slightly cheesy, it was exactly what I've come to expect from Hallmark, and it definitely left me with the warm fuzzies. I personally can't say how close it stays to the movie as I've yet to watch it, but I did enjoy the book. I gave it three out of five stars, and I'll for sure be looking forward to reading more from Hallmark publishing in the future! Thanks so much to NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing for the opportunity to have advance read this.
"Love Locks" is the perfect Spring Break getaway. Sweet but sassy, this breezy reunion romance satisfies that niggle of 'what if' that every woman encounters no matter how old she is. Rediscover love or fall for the first time or the second, it's all there and in Paris to boot!