The Jillian Medoff’s story line in I Couldn’t Love You More is not one of originality–family threatened when a former boyfriend arises; but once it got rolling, I disposed of any thoughts and really enjoyed the story. The book was a good read with plot twists when I least expected them and page turning enjoyment until I had turned the very last page.
The story follows Eliot and Grant, who are not married, but raising a family together, as they raise three daughters in the suburbs of Atlanta. There’s Charlotte and Gail, Grant’s daughters from a previous marriage with Beth. Beth is not a Tiger Mom, she actually has no interest in motherhood and has given Grant full custody. The there is Hailey, Eliot and Grant’s daughter. She takes the role of youngest to extreme while commanding her older sisters, and her parents.
It’s all going well until Eliot drops Hailey off at school one day and encounters her commitment-phobic former flame, Finn. I wasn’t sure why this became such a clencher because, Finn, chose to leave her without ever looking back, still the electricity is still there between them. Eliot begins to work through her unresolved feelings for Finn when a tragedy happens at home and she is left to deal with the havoc.
I enjoyed the writing Medoff’s writing, however, I felt she tried a tad too hard with the character of Eliot. As the reader I was okay knowing that Eliot is a business writing specialist (she makes the bad news for companies struggling on hard times and gives them a more positve flair). It was really all I needed to know, but Medoff includes a few of these notes as part of the story.
Aside from the issue with Eliot’s job, I Couldn’t Love You More was a great read. It shows the bond between family, regardless of its makeup, with characters that are personable and well-developed.
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