An Intimate Look at Love - Love, Almost by Hayley Doyle






Happy Publication Day!  Love, Almost is a beautiful story about love and relationships. Told from a woman’s perspective, it is very intimate and relatable. This is the first book I have read from this author, but I hope to read more from her in the years to come.

Chloe is a 36 year old woman who is head over heels in love with Jack. The romance has been intense since the two met five months ago. Indeed, the couple travelled together to Thailand and now live together. Tragically, Jack is killed in an accident and Chloe’s world is torn apart.

As Chloe soon learns, Jack has not disclosed his relationship with Chloe to the many of the important people in his life. As a result, she is caught in an altered state where she is grieving for her loss, but this loss is not recognized. Even her friends note that she only knew Jack for but a minute. But her grief is intense and she struggles to stay connected to his memory. Remembering the plans the two had for the future, Chloe decides to complete this list and hopes to learn more about Jack and their relationship along the way.

I was a little nervous going into this book given that Jack is killed and I tend to get emotional over such tragedies. For those of you who are also sensitive to books with such events, be rest assured that he passes away very early in the book and before you can attach yourself to his character. The story is about Chloe working through her grief and to reflect further upon their relationship and its meaning.

I really enjoyed this book and felt engaged throughout the book. The character development is very good, and I felt connected to Chloe. I appreciated her journey as she works through her grief. I loved the relationships that Chloe develops with Jack’s family which eventually provides context to Jack and Chloe’s relationship. I found the conclusion of the book satisfying.

I listened to the audiobook version of the story which was narrated by the author who provides a very good performance. Her voice is age appropriate, articulate and pleasant to listen to. I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x speed which provided me with a comfortable listening experience.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Audio for the ARC of this audiobook in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5. 

40 comments:

  1. Oooh this sounds right up my street as I normally enjoys stories like this. The plot also reminds me the Two Lives of Lydia Bird which was one of my favourites of 2020.

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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    1. Thanks Natasha! I loved Two Lives of Lydia Bird as well!

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  2. Thanks for the review -- this sounds like I'd enjoy it!

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  3. Great review. This sounds ideal to recommend to my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy - thanks for the review!

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  5. I absolutely love the sound of this book. I am trying to get more into adult romance books instead of just YA in 2021. I do love YA books, but I would love to delve into other book genres for other age groups too this year! I loved this review. x

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    1. Thank you Sophie! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  6. Ooh this sounds like such a wonderful book. I've got so many books on my TBR list, however, I've added to my need to buy list

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  7. This may be the first audio book I try!

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    1. I hope that you enjoy the book and the format Lisa!

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  8. Oh no, I was a little emotional reading this! Sounds like a lovely read and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing! xo

    www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  9. Sounds like my kinda book, gonna add it to my reading list this year. Thanks for sharing 💜

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  10. I have always appreciated your honest reviews. Thanks for another piece. I have been away from blogging and reading for a while, so my apologies. Ready to connect again.

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  11. This sounds like something I woukd reallt enjoy reading. Like you, I get emotional over tragedies but your review has made me think that this will be fine. Thank you for sharing, its definitely going on my TBR list.

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  12. This sounds like such a great book. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  13. Your review reminded me of some one in my closed circle who lost her husband to cancer after just 5 years of marriage. I am hopeful that your simple and clear review and 4 stars rating will compel the people to buy the book.

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  14. Great review! I love the sound of this - sounds like a great read. I need to start getting into audiobooks - I've never listened to one! x

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely try an audiobook!

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  15. Aw! This sounds like such a heartbreaking but reflective read, definitely something I think I'd like xx

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  16. I love the sound of this, it sounds like a brilliant emotional read. I want to know more about Chloe already! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  17. Oh no, I can't imagine how hard it would be for Chloe if this book was a true story. It makes it harder for her to grieve. Glad you enjoyed the book!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  18. Aww this sounds like such a great book! And good to know you don't get attached to the characters too much before they're killed off!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  19. Oooh this sounds amazing! Right up my street for sure :) x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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  20. Nice post. This seems like a really interesting read. How did Jack die?

    Anita x niannilifestyleblog

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Jack died in an accident near the beginning of the book.

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