Always I Love You is a story which tests the boundaries of romance and friendship.
Joanna came to Paris, the City of Love, to find her ‘Big Love’; on the eve of her departure, believing that she failed in her search, she meets Ludo and Sébastien. Friends and flatmates, the duo take Joanna dancing, then back to their flat. The young men have made a pact: they wish to find someone they can be devoted to, a woman that they can share.
This is a well-written tale; there are twists and complications, a drop of the mystic as well as a dark undertone. Keill’s characters get under your skin and I was never quite sure where the story thread would go. This isn’t happy-ever-after romance, in fact ‘happy’ would be a poor choice of word to describe this story. At times I needed to take a break from reading; it’s often ‘heavy’ in substance, but I returned, curious about the outcome.
It’s an unusual story and one which I think could open many deep discussions, especially if it were chosen for a book club. I like Keill’s writing style and have read other books by her; she makes the reader think which is often a good thing.
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‘I want the “big love”… And I want to have it with you.’
Joanna Lloyd believes her dream of finding a French lover is over, but on the eve of her departure from Paris, she meets Ludo and Sébastien. Charming, and disconcertingly disarming, the two charismatic Parisians invite her to join them in their pact to find the ‘big love’.
Their attraction is instant and, defying convention, together the three of them embark upon an epic, all-consuming love affair that will change not only their lives, but those of millions of others. But their big love brings with it monumental challenges of the kind they could never have imagined.
Darkness descends on their idyllic corner of the City of Light, and the strength of their bond is tested to its limits as they strive to withstand the extraordinary forces that seek to tear them apart.
As their romance edges inexorably into tragedy, and then to infamy, can their love survive the toughest of tests, or will it shatter like glass?