The Look of Love: A Novel

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Born in the course of a Christmas snowfall, Jane Williams gets a unprecedented present: the power to see real love. Jane has emerged from an ill adolescence a lonely, hopeless romantic while, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane needs to determine the six kinds of love ahead of the total moon following her 30th birthday, or face grave results. while Jane falls for a technology author who doesn’t think in love, she fears that her destiny is sealed. encouraged through the vintage track, The glance of Love is completely enthralling.

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And she’s misplaced weight, a minimum of 5 kilos. i'm wondering if she’s been ill. “Eat something,” I say with a smile. “Nobody likes a thin baker. ” Elaine forces a grin and readjusts her ponytail. “I haven’t had a lot of an urge for food those days,” she says, pausing for a protracted second earlier than me back. Then she shakes her head. “Actually, there’s whatever I’d prefer to speak about. ” She exhibits a nook desk. “Can you take a seat for a sec? ” “Of course,” I say. She grabs chocolate croissants, and that i stick to her prior crimson and pink middle undefined. I take into accout Valentine’s Day is in days. We sit, and Elaine shall we out a sigh. “I imagine I’ve been hibernating for a very very long time. ” “What do you suggest, hibernating? ” I ask. “I mean . . . ,” she says, pausing. “Sometimes we will simply plow through the motions in existence. We decide up the dry cleansing and visit our youngsters’ football video games and positioned a brand new field of tissue at the bedside desk. We do all of it time and again. ” A tear falls from her eye. “Jane, I’ve been doing this for therefore lengthy. I’ve been so numb for thus lengthy. dwelling a possible chuffed lifestyles, yet now not being actually found in it. now not feeling any of it. Hibernating. And then”—she pauses to wipe a tear away—“something woke me up. And, Jane, I’m scared. ” I succeed in for her hand below the desk and squeeze it tightly. “Elaine, you could check with me approximately this. simply enable it out. ” She nods, simply as Matthew walks in. “Hey, you two,” he chirps. “Jane, I’m approximately to return over to work out you. ” He wraps his palms round Elaine’s shoulders and provides her a squeeze. “Got to reserve this gorgeous spouse of mine her each year dozen roses. ” Elaine forces a grin. i will be able to inform that no matter what she used to be approximately to inform me hasn’t hit Matthew’s radar. “Here’s the object, Jane,” he says, giving Elaine a brief shoulder rub. “When you’ve been married so long as we've, there’s now not a lot aspect within the portion of shock. ” I smile, yet i will be able to see clean tears in Elaine’s eyes. “I may still get back,” she says, composing herself. “We’re slammed with Valentine’s Day prep. ” We either search for while the door to the bakery opens and a well-recognized face seems to be. “Mary,” I say, waving. “Oh, hi,” she says, grinning. “You consider my good friend Elaine and her husband, Matthew, correct? ” “Of course,” Mary says. “And, Elaine, i need to inform you, I’ve constructed particularly a yearning for your black-bottom cupcakes. ” Elaine smiles. “It’s humorous you want to say that. i used to be simply speaking to a girl this morning who's thirty-nine weeks pregnant, and he or she says she’s eaten one on a daily basis for everything of her 3rd trimester. And she’s as skinny as a rail; cross determine. ” Mary appears at me, then again at Elaine, and smiles knowingly. “Wait,” I say. “Mary, you’re not . . . ” “Pregnant? ” She is radiant, and but there’s a flicker of disappointment in her eyes too. “No. very unlikely. yet Eli’s coming for a fast stopover at subsequent month, so it’s attainable. ” Elaine walks at the back of the counter and returns with a small field of cupcakes. “For reliable luck,” she says. “Come again every time. We’ll continue that destiny child properly ate up butter and sugar.

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