• Alexis Newlin

Book Review- It's A Love Story

In my journey to becoming a writer, I discovered something wonderful-

You can get FREE books from publishers if you write a review on it after it's done.

As a bibliophile- why on earth am I just learning about this now?!

It's a great way to discover and support authors, learn how to give feedback on what you read, and of course- you get a free book.

Triple Win!

I signed up for my first book review through Revell Reads and picked: It's a Love Story by Lincee Ray.

Who is Lincee Ray:

Lincee Ray is an author/blogger and is most known for her blog: I Hate Green Beans. In her blog, she talks about Jesus, pop culture, music and of course Love. She is the author of two books: Why I hate Green Beans and It's a Love Story. She writes recaps of the Bachelor for Entertainment Weekly and hosts the I Hate Green Beans podcast. You can find Lincee Ray at www.ihategreenbeans.com.

About the Book:

Human beings love to be loved. And we love to fall in love. As children we pour our love into our pets and our friends. As teenagers we fall in love with musicians and actors and the boy whose locker is next to ours. As we mature, we long for romantic love that will last a lifetime. Sacrificial love, unexplainable love, familial love, desperate love. Love songs and love stories. Clearly we were created with the longing for love ingrained in our souls.

With lots of wit and a bit of wisdom drawn from a lifetime of falling in love, Lincee Ray invites you to an unabashed celebration of that loving feeling. As she reveals the loves of her life and encourages you to recall your own, you’ll discover alongside her that there is only one who can ever truly fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. And he made us to be part of a divine love story.

My review:

This isn't your typical book about love. It explores different concepts of love- our walk with God, our first loves, our love for our calling, the love of others.

Not only do you feel like you sitting down at a coffee shop having a lavender latte with your best friend while reading this book, you laugh out loud from first love moments you can relate to, or cry as you read the stories of Lincee's adventures in Africa or living through Hurricane Harvey. It really is a must read and I am glad I picked this book for my first review.

What I absolutely loved about this book:

Lincee is amazingly real. I love how she is not afraid to be vulnerable in this book, sharing about a hard divorce and her struggles to find happiness again. It's a hard thing to admit that you're not okay (in my opinion) and she never holds back.

Lincee is FUNNY. I laughed out loud so many times reading this book, especially her story about the Zambian Uber.

Lincee inspires me. She's taught me that it is absolutely okay, not to be okay. She taught me the importance of community and not holding back from those you love.

What I didn't love about this book:

The Hallmark Chapter. It's the only chapter in this book that I didn't finish. I like Hallmark movies but it was hard for me to read a chapter that gave an overview on several different Hallmark movies. If you are a Hallmark fan, you will love this chapter. It just wasn't for me.

Final thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading It's a Love Story and was genuinely sad when it ended. It was like parting ways with a good friend. I recommend grabbing this book if you can.

Thanks for reading my review. Send me a note if you pick up this book.

Alexis <3

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