9 December 2014

Review #100: A Foolish Consistency by Andrea Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I've come to believe that in everyone's life, there's one undeniable moment of change, a set of circumstances that suddenly alters everything.”
----Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven

Andrea Weir, an American author, penned her debut novel called, A Foolish Consistency based on emotional challenges in a relationship.

When a trip to the emergency room on Christmas Eve brings Callie Winwood together with Will Tremaine, the man she once thought she'd marry but has not seen in twenty-five years, their chance meeting reignites feelings each has harbored for more than two decades. Their journey toward one another is anything but simple, however. Following the death of his wife, Joanna, two years earlier which he believes he caused Will has devoted himself to his two young children, helping them adjust to life without their mother. As Will and Callie struggle with their own personal histories of love and loss, they must also navigate the complex emotions of Will's children who still grieve for their mother. At the same time, they must struggle with Joanna's family, who are not ready to accept that she is gone, and will do anything to avoid facing the truth.

Just as Callie and Will find happiness at last, they are forced apart when a scandal threatens to unravel their respective families. Putting their children above all else, Callie and Will separate — willingly but painfully — until an unexpected ally intervenes.

While reading this book, it reminded me of Nicholas Spark's Safe Haven where the children of Alex also finds it hard to accept Katie so easily in their lives. Similarly, in A Foolish Consistency , children as well as ex-in-laws of Will try each-and-every way to manipulate his blossoming relationship with Callie. I really liked author's approach of telling this simple love story in a classic way and the issues that she addressed in her plot are highly justified and believable.

The author has poured right emotions at the right moments, like when you meet an old flame after 25years, provided that both of them has lost their own life-partners, then sparks are bound to fly. The author has cleverly brought Will and Callie's relationship into life with enough passion and longing in their souls for each other. Their rekindled chemistry is nice to read and I really felt the warmth while reading about their blossoming relationship. However, since they were rediscovering their love for each other, their lovemaking might strike you as very heated and passionate.

However, when things get serious between both Will and Callie, the author challenges her readers with issues like letting go and acceptance in one's life. Yes, Will doubts when he realizes that he eventually has to introduce Callie in to his children's lives who were still grieving their dead mother. Moreover, Callie finds it hard to let go of her past and then life.

Soon they face more challenges when Will's ex-in-laws try to destroy his relationship with Callie. Moreover, the author here made all her supporting characters, especially, the in-laws very strong with great depth. Reading about these characters will definitely make you love to hate them, and for that I would like to praise the author for her effort in making the in-laws' demeanor so evil.

The protagonist, Callie, felt like a confused character. She always has second thoughts about almost everything. Moreover, it felt a very personal account of Callie's life. I wish, I could have seen the story from Will's POV also. Therefore, that let me down a bit.

The story progressed in a good pace and when we anticipated there would be happy conclusion, the author skillfully poured some twists that changed the whole course of the story, and that made me more hooked to the story until its very end. The narration was also engaging enough to keep me on the loops.

I really liked how the completely simple plot unfolded into something emotionally complex that will force us to question our own thoughts about life and relationships.

Verdict: I'll recommend the contemporary genre readers to read this book, since it's a very touching and deeply moving heart-breaking love story that you'll cherish it even after the end of the book.

Courtesy: Thanks to the author, Andrea Weir, for providing me with a copy of her book, in return for an honest review. 

Author Info:
Andrea Weir is an accomplished journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country and around the world. Born in Boston, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area then earned a degree in English literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She and her husband continue to live in Santa Barbara, where they raised their two daughters, Rebecca and Catherine. An avid reader and writer since adolescence, Weir composed her first stories in grade-school notebooks, and has kept a journal since she was 14. She has led writing workshops for high school juniors and seniors, and seminars on journaling for writers of all ages.
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  1. Congratulations on 100 reviews Aditi - you're an incredible blogger, I don't know how you have the time!!! :D

    1. Hey thanks, it's good to hear from you. Have a great day:)


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