A Way Back Into Love – Veronica Thatcher

TA Way Back Into Love is the debut novel of Veronica Thatcher, and it’s a modern day romance. I was in the mood for some light reading when I received this book for a review. The story seemed right up my alley, a fun romance with some twists and turns to make it more interesting. The blurb reads as follows :

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love… Well, that makes complicates everything complicated. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home… to the man she left behind?”

Due to a misunderstanding, best friends and childhood buddies Emily and Derek move away from each other and stay out of touch for five years. When Emily returns home after completing her medical studies, she finds Derek engaged to her stepsister Emma. The sisters are poles apart when it comes to temperament and behavior. Although Emily loves her sister and tries her best to get along with her, Emma will have none of it. She seems to hate Emily and it is this hatred that drives her actions. Emily’s parents are also divided on their approach to Emma which only makes her more willful. Gradually Emily and Derek are once again drawn to each other which in turn leads to a lot of friction with their parents. After numerous twists and turns the story ends beautifully.

I must say that I was slightly disappointed with this book. The basic premise is nothing new, but it could have been developed into something substantial. The narration is jerky and the flashback scenes do not fit in smoothly with the flow of the story. The secondary characters aren’t fleshed out properly and hence the story seems slightly lackluster. Moreover, the language used was rather pedantic and forced at times and it was quite annoying to come across words like ‘confabulate’ and ‘ameliorate’ in casual conversations.

Veronica Thatcher is an author with a lot of promise, which shines through in some parts of the book. This was a novel which could have been a lot of fun but somehow along the way it lost steam and ended up meandering quite a bit.

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