The Love Scribe
Grade : B+

The Love Scribe is an intriguing fantasy that manages to poke at the readers’ sense of romantic importunity. But Meyerson’s navel-gazing style won’t be for everyone.

Alice has been blessed with a sudden and unexpected gift that she discovers by mistake. Her best-friend Gabby is suffering from a harsh break-up, so Alice writes her a story about a hummingbird that trails love behind it wherever it goes. Soon afterward, Gabby finds true love. When she shows the same story to her sister and other friends, the process repeats itself. Alice soon figures out that she is a love scribe, blessed with the ability to sculpt stories that heal others and help them move forward with their lives. She starts writing stories for strangers, and her ratio continues to hold up. She manages to lead friends and family members to their true love – ever her widowed mother. Soon she has dozens of strangers lining up for her advice. She becomes a love scribe for hire, and begins writing stories which will hopefully draw her clients closer to their lovers.

At the height of this, she receives a note asking her to go to the home of Madeline Alger, notoriously unlucky in love and in possession of a magical library that can rearrange itself at will. Alice struggles to complete a story which will finally bring love to Madeline. But might real love be headed Alice’s way instead?

There’s a lovely sense of magical realism that perfumes The Love Scribe and keeps it alive and lively. The worldbuilding here is fairly unique, and the magical twists inherent in the story differentiate itself from other books in its genre.

The book has a lot of fun with fate. Alice’s parents, for instance, only meet because her grandmother insisted upon giving Alice’s mother “a man’s name”, so that she can better compete with the world outside. A mixup lands Bobby in her future husband’s dorm room, and later, along comes Alice. Near misses factor heavily into this story, as does the magic of luck both good and bad.

Alice is a lovable character, and I liked Madeline and Gabby, as well as the men who enter Alice’s life and portend a whole new start for her. My only real problem with the book is Meyerson’s prose style, which sometimes falls deep into ruminative passages when it could easily give us more clear-cut, direct language. For some this will be delightful; others will scream at her to get to the point already. But if you like worldbuilding and whimsy, The Love Scribe is a great option for a cold winter’s day.

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Reviewed by Lisa Fernandes
Grade : B+
Book Type: Women's Fiction

Sensuality: Kisses

Review Date : February 9, 2023

Publication Date: 02/2023

Review Tags: fantasy

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Lisa Fernandes

Lisa Fernandes is a writer, reviewer and recapper who lives somewhere on the East Coast. Formerly employed by Firefox.org and Next Projection, she also currently contributes to Women Write About Comics. Read her blog at http://thatbouviergirl.blogspot.com/, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thatbouviergirl or contribute to her Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/MissyvsEvilDead or her Ko-Fi at ko-fi.com/missmelbouvier
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