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Love Locks by Cory Martin Review

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As many of you who have read my blog previously probably know, I'm a huge Hallmark film junkie. I literally would choose a Hallmark movie over most blockbuster films, and I've made it a mission to try and see as many of them as I possibly can.

And I'm sure everyone also obviously knows that I'm obsessed with books. And yet, guys I literally had no clue that Hallmark has a publishing firm that publishes books based off their original screenplays. I have no idea how this has escaped my notice until now, but when I saw Love Locks on NetGalley, I knew I definitely needed to read it even though I haven't seen the movie.

Since Valentine's Day is only a couple of days away, I thought today would be the perfect day to post my review of this romance read in celebration of it. 


Love Locks by Cory Martin:



Source: Publisher Via NetGalley

Publisher: Hallmark Publishing

Publication Date; February 20th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

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 being an artist 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 will it be too late for a love they once believed would last forever? 


******synopsis from goodreads*****

My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher (Hallmark Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own. 

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!

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing for the opportunity to have advance read this.


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