Title: Not a Word About Love
Author: Hana Goldberg
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Not a Word About Love isn’t your typical romance story.
Maya is a woman who’s going through a midlife crisis, the death of her mother and the trouble in her marriage have put her in a depressed state. She goes on vacation to Bangkok to get out of her rut and meets a handsome stranger who changes her life. What follows is a tale of romance, betrayal, and finding what makes you happy.
Maya, at times she came across as selfish, but reading about her past, her closeness with her mother, and her loveless marriage to Uri, I felt for her and wanted her to find the happiness she was craving. She thinks she finds that with Joe, the stranger she meets on the plane. Maya and Joe’s relationship felt a bit too rushed, the first time they meet they have sex on the airplane. To me, it would’ve worked better if there was more buildup to their romance and getting to know each other before they hit the sack. Maya thinks she’s found Mr. Perfect when she meets Joe, she so enamoured with him that she can’t stop thinking about him, but a series of incidents shows Joe’s true colors, which threatens to leave her heartbroken.
Even though the story has a sad undertone to it, the author lightens the mood with humor. My favorite parts are when Maya is strolling the streets of Bangkok with a Terrier dog that she’s become close to. I also loved when he best friend Thea joined her on the next leg of her trip. Thea is just like Maya, in the sense that she’s trying to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life. Throughout the story they have numerous discussions about the struggles they face in their lives. I loved how close their friendship is with the two of them bickering one minute then comforting each other the next.
Overall, it’s a good story and I loved the ending. I won’t give too much away, but let’s just say Maya gets the upper hand and finds the happiness she’s been looking for.