Monday, September 26, 2011

The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate

Introduction: I will go directly to the point... I love this book! It touched me... made me realize and understand certain aspects of life. I feel for the characters... I just wish all of them will eventually find love, since they already have friends who will stand by them at all points of their lives.

Overview: As 28 year old New York paralegal Rebecca Strand's widowed father lays dying, he confesses a secret: he had an affair 26 years earlier when Rebecca was just a toddler. Now he wants Rebecca to deliver the secret stash of letters he wrote, but never mailed, to the daughter he fathered. Rebecca's lawyer boyfriend, Michael, is adamant that she forget the woman exists. He's sure the woman will be an opportunist who will demand half of Rebecca's father's million-dollar estate. But Rebecca, now without any family in the world, can't help but wonder about her one living relative. With her relationship with Michael in tatters, Rebecca drives from New York City to Maine to find Joy Jayhawk, who operates a Weekend Singles Tour service out of an orange mini-van that her regulars dub "The Love Bus." Enter a cast of lovable, colorful characters, from Joy's eccentric mother to the singles on The Love Bus, and a sexy carpenter for whom Rebecca finds herself unexpectedly falling in love...

My Opinion: This book tells a story of a woman who wanted to have a sister. Actually, its about a woman who wanted to belong... who wanted to be accepted as herself and not to try hard to fit in. When Rebecca found out about her half-sister from a death-bed confession of her father, she was determined to find her. Only however, Joy is not as positive about this whole "I have a sister" revelation as her. But the best thing that this portrayed, is that we cannot always get what we want... especially not if we give up at once. We have to try hard for the people we care about. The relationship stories of Joy and Harry and Ellie and Tim... showed very contrasting faces of love. It tells us when to keep holding on, and when to give up. The seek for love by the ladies of Divorced Club of Wiscasset is hilarious yet inspiring... their bitterness to their failed marriages and their hope of finding the "right one".

This book... is about love... for family, for friends... and for that someone who will treat us the way we deserve to be. :)

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