Review: I Couldn’t Love You More
Eliot Gordon lives with her partner, Grant, his two daughters, and the daughter they have together. She makes a concerted effort to treat all three girls the same and works hard at loving Grant’s daughters, even when they push her away. Their life is hectic and full and Eliot considers herself happy. When Eliot’s first love moves back to Atlanta she engages in what she thinks is a harmless flirtation with him. Things spiral out of control, though, and something happens that may affect Eliot for the rest of her life.
I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff is a gripping story of love and family that is extremely relevant for many people. I was drawn to the storyline and characters from the very beginning and was anxious to see where the story was going.
Eliot is a wonderful character and, like many women today, she tries to juggle family and work responsibilities. She tries her best to balance the family she has with Grant, her career, his ex-wife, and her mother and sisters, all of which can be demanding. Eliot works hard and often sacrifices, but she makes things work. She bends over backwards to make sure her partner’s children know they’re loved. Even though my life is very different from hers, I could relate to her because she works so hard and tries her very best. She’s not perfect but she wants those she loves to have a great life and does everything she can to make it so. Eliot says
I love her because I love her, because you can’t choose who you love. And when you consider what you risk by loving a child, particularly one who’s not yours, it’s easy to understand why some people don’t, or can’t, or try not to. It’s not because they’re selfish or because the child is unlovable; it’s because to invest that kind of emotional capital with no guarantee of return is petrifying.
The storyline is very believable as well – as a matter of fact, I could see it happening to just about anyone – maybe not the way it happened to Eliot, but that doesn’t really matter because the results would be the same. When disaster strikes, it seems that her carefully structured world is going to fall apart and Eliot can’t figure out a way to get back on course. My heart ached for Eliot as she struggled to make things right again and yearned for forgiveness. Hers is a story I won’t soon forget.
In case you can’t tell, I really enjoyed I Couldn’t Love You More. It gave me a lot to think about so I think it would make a great book club choice.