When Meg Clark married her high school sweetheart and the only guy she ever loved, she was sure she would have a happily ever after. When that same man left her on the day she told him she was pregnant, she woke from her dream. Ten years later, Meg is content in her routine of teaching kindergarten and raising her son, Henry--that is until she meets Ahmed Bourhani. Will Meg let herself take a second chance on love?
One True Theory of Love by Laura Fitzgerald is romantic women's fiction, a genre I rarely read because I often fail to lose myself in the story. This novel has, unfortunately, not changed my mind.
Although Meg had to face several realities and personal issues during the course of the novel, the ultimate ending comes as no particular surprise. At some points, it was difficult to believe that an intelligent, self-supporting, single parent could be as naive as Meg seemed to be. But she is a likable woman, and we are inclined to give her a bit of a break.
Most of Fitzgerald's principal characters were fairly well developed, but several main players were not easy to envision. In addition, some of the secondary story lines were a bit weak and hard to buy into.
On the other hand, one of the strengths of the novel is the relatively realistic pace at which Meg and Ahmed's romance moves. Meg never sacrifices her responsibilities to and love for her son in order to pursue a man. Fans of this genre will likely enjoy the novel and will find a variety of themes to hold their interest, including fidelity, trust, truthfulness, expectations, and obligations in a variety of relationships.
If you like light women's fiction, I encourage you to read the reviews at S. Krishna's Books, Books on the Brain, and Care's Online Book Club. All three of these well-read, smart women had good things to say about One True Theory of Love. Please do take the time to see another viewpoint.
I listened to the unabridged audio edition (Brilliance) read by Julia Whelan. I found her enthusiastic narration to be a good match for the children in the novel but somewhat too dramatic for my tastes. My full audio review will be available on AudioFile magazine's website within the next few weeks.
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