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Review by Suze
Baptiste lives on a houseboat near Toulouse. He's a therapist and helps people to find themselves again. Only he might be lost himself as well. He doesn't know exactly where he came from. He was born in a train and was adopted afterwards. He has loving parents, but the past keeps intriguing him. He usually eats at a café where he becomes friends with Sophie, who works there. There's a strong connection between them and she might lead him to the path he should follow.
While she could have been his daughter people believe there's something between Sophie and Baptiste. There is a connection, but not the one they think there is. Baptiste is in love with Amandine, a woman who stepped into his practice one day. She confuses Baptiste and he doesn't know how to handle his feelings, but maybe there will be a future for them. Will Baptiste be able to find his way while he's destined to be lost forever?
Everything Love Is is a beautiful story. I read this book with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, it's bittersweet, it's gorgeous, it's sad and it's hopeful. It's a book filled with contrasts and enigmas and that's one of the things I immediately loved about it. Baptiste is a kind man. He's lonely sometimes, but he enjoys simple pleasures like living on his houseboat and having a good meal. Sophie tries to show him that there's more to life. She's young, but she's wise and she's a passionate and vibrant person. Amandine is mysterious and she's a presence, a woman who should be noticed. I loved her patience and her caring nature. She's stylish, educated and very much dow- to-earth. The main characters of Everything Love Is are interesting, they're characters that should be cherished and they instantly stole my heart.
Claire King's stunning writing makes her stories special. I love the way she describes France, it makes me feel at home. The scenery is as much part of the story as the characters and that's a fantastic skill. Everything Love Is is an absolute must-read. It's one of the most amazing books I've read in a very long time. Baptiste's story is extraordinary, he's a main character to remember and his story is something I would love to read again and again.
The fantastic drawings in Everything Love Is are adding to the character of the book and are making this book even more unique. I love the elegance of the design, which perfectly suits the story. The whole package enchanted me straight away. The drawings make the story even more colorful and they add to the numerous moving emotional layers. Claire King has written a brilliant graceful novel filled with love and tenderness, it's a real treasure.