Number of Pages: 233
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 2 out of 4 stars
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Love, Trust, Honesty, Loyalty, Friendship
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*
There is a legend that a forbidden love among two individuals created The Labyrinth of Love Letters. No one knows where this labyrinth is or if it even exists. But, when young and naive Olivia finds a blood-stained love letter, she will stop at nothing to bring the lost letter to the labyrinth so the receiver can read their lover’s last words.
Throughout this entire read, I had mixed feelings. At times, I felt like I really liked the story and other times, not so much.
I will admit that the legend of the labyrinth had me intrigued. A place where two former lovers met in secret and eventually exchanged love letters. How is sweet is that? Then, to find a blood-stained letter within the coat of a gentleman who was murdered? Can we say intrigue? Definitely, the premise of the story is strong.
It is clear that the author has a strong hold of what love is and the different forms of this emotion. Some of the language is also beautiful to read in this piece, especially those concerning love and friendship.
However, as strong as the premise is, the execution could use some work. I found that most of the characters were extremely underdeveloped and unrelatable. Though my favorite character was the lovely Issac, Olivia’s best friend, due to his loyalty to his friend and his genuine kindness, the other characters were sort of ‘meh’. Olivia’s motives for returning the letter is sweet, but what she fails to grasp is the letter is a major piece of evidence for the murder that recently occurred. Because of her willingness to steal this piece of evidence (originally stolen from her father), I lost respect for her. I mean, it’s a murder investigation, not some silly love story. But, then again, without this we wouldn’t have a story.
I also found some of the plot presentation choppy. The historical information that were thrown in the book seemed out of place at times, and I felt took away from the story. However, my main concern was the ending. The confrontation at the end was extremely quick and ended abruptly, and then decades passed by within a chapter and a half. I understand the need to explain certain aspects of each characters’ lives in order to have good closure, but I felt I was thrown a bunch of information all at once.
Finally, the editing of this book was not the best. There were words misspelled, quotation marks missing, use of modern-day language in an old-time story, a character’s name misspelled, and fragments.
Overall, parts of this story I enjoyed, while others I did not. Having more character development, better plot flow, and another few rounds of editing, this could be a good book. But, the way it is now? I simply cannot give it a higher score.