book review

Finding London by Ellie Wade

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***Received ARC from publisher via NetGalley***

Finding London, a story told in two POVs, revolves around military man, Loic Berkeley, who seems to have lost everyone he loved in his life. When Loic’s parents perished in a car accident, he had to move from dismal foster home to dismal foster home, waiting for the day his grandparents come and rescue him. When that doesn’t happen, he takes matters into his own hands, leaving his last foster home at fifteen, and working odd jobs to make ends meet, until he enlisted at eighteen.

Over the years, he struggled with letting people in, but a chance encounter at a fundraising car wash finds himself enamored with recent journalism grad, London Wright, who is as vibrant and open as Loic is reserved and secretive. Sparks fly, but whether or not it’s enough to break down his walls remains to be seen.

It took a while for this story to really get going (the complexities of which don’t really become apparent towards maybe the latter half of the book, but stick with it because it’s worth it), although I was hooked from the very first scene. I love that the language appropriately changes in tone at different points of Loic’s life. When the opening scene was of Loic at age 5, showing the loving interaction between him and his father while playing I Spy, I quickly embraced this story and fell in love with his character.

As for London, I didn’t quite warm up to her right off the bat. She seemed to be bratty, whiny and entitled. However, she grew on me as the pages turned, especially seeing more of her interaction with Loic. She brings him out of his shell, while he keeps her grounded. Further, the banter between Loic and London not only induces butterflies fluttering like crazy in the stomach the size of my open palm, but it is also surprisingly witty and laugh-out-loud funny. An absolute delight to read.

As I mentioned earlier though, the complexities of the story don’t really start shaping up until the latter half of the book, which I think is the only gripe I have with this story. I would’ve liked to see more of a set up to the conflict. Instead it felt like an abrupt turn of events. It was successful, however, in heightening the anticipation level for book two. This book even had me pulling my hair out at the subtle cliffhanger. Oh, Ellie Wade, why would you leave us hanging like that?!

Will definitely be counting down the days until Keeping London is released in June! Fingers crossed we get more answers then.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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