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Review: I Couldn’t Love You More

August 7, 2012

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.

Review copy provided by KMSPR.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2012 6:30 am

    Great review. I agree that Eliot is easy to relate to and that the book would make a great book club choice.

  2. August 7, 2012 8:20 am

    I wonder if i can squeeze this book in before school starts? Thanks for the review.

  3. August 7, 2012 8:24 am

    Seems like a fantastic writing style.

  4. August 7, 2012 8:37 am

    This sounds like a story that will stick with you.

  5. August 7, 2012 8:55 am

    Thanks for a wonderful review.

  6. August 7, 2012 9:14 am

    Awesome review. Not my usual thing, but then again I love anything based in my state for some reason. I always find it neat when I know just where the characters are. This can also be dangerous if they get it wrong.

    Beth ^_^

  7. August 7, 2012 9:23 am

    “harmless flirtation”…yep,you know how that is going to work out..

    Love the cover! 🙂

  8. August 7, 2012 9:26 am

    This sounds like my kind of book!

  9. August 7, 2012 10:00 am

    I’ve yet to have my summer beach read; maybe this one?

  10. August 7, 2012 10:25 am

    What a thoughtful and insightful review. Thank you for appreciating the book, which does work on several levels. I loved this review and am very grateful. If anyone would like a signed bookplate, please send me you mailing address: Yours, jIllian

  11. August 7, 2012 10:36 am

    I think this sounds totally fantastic and like something that I could relate to very well. It seems like it would be a great story to get all caught up in on a summer afternoon, and I can’t imagine where the plot would take me. Great review today, my friend. I loved that you were so expressive and heartfelt in this review!

  12. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 7, 2012 10:39 am

    Sounds so sweet and endearing. Thanks for the review.

  13. August 7, 2012 11:01 am

    I will definitely look into this one, great review.

  14. August 7, 2012 12:10 pm

    I’ve been curious about this book. I think it’s one I would really like.

  15. August 7, 2012 12:44 pm

    This one is new to me, but it sounds like one I would enjoy.

  16. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 7, 2012 1:28 pm

    I have this on my list and am so glad to know you enjoyed it!

  17. August 7, 2012 1:35 pm

    Now I’m wondering what happened between her and the ex. 🙂 I wouldn’t normally have been drawn to this one, but your review has me intrigued.

  18. August 7, 2012 1:55 pm

    very nice review 🙂 I’m also wondering what happened.

  19. August 7, 2012 2:52 pm

    I too am extremely curious now!

  20. bookingmama permalink
    August 7, 2012 3:38 pm

    Totally agree that it would make a great discussion book. Wonderful review!

  21. August 7, 2012 5:06 pm

    I have been enjoying books lately that have a lot of family dynamics so this one is going on my tbr list. Thank you for the review.

  22. August 7, 2012 6:03 pm

    Sounds good. what a great review. I love the title.

  23. August 7, 2012 6:31 pm

    Lots of bloggers have loved this one. I think I need to add it to my list!

  24. August 7, 2012 7:25 pm

    Terrific review of what sounds like my kind of book, too!

  25. August 7, 2012 8:02 pm

    I am going to recommend this to my friend’s book club – sounds like there is a lot to discuss here. thanks for the review

  26. August 7, 2012 10:32 pm

    That picture of the sandcastle makes me think of how hard it is to build but how easy to break down, which seems to fit this book. Thanks for sharing!

  27. August 8, 2012 7:09 am

    Sounds like a good one, Kathy. I enjoy a book so much more when I can relate to at least one character.

  28. August 8, 2012 4:48 pm

    I do enjoy stories that feature strong women, trying to find balance between work and life.

  29. August 8, 2012 5:24 pm

    Wonderful review! Your enthusiasm and love for this book comes through in your words and upped my interest. I really intrigued by Eliot who sounds terrific. I’m going to add this book to my tbr list. Thank you!

  30. August 8, 2012 6:47 pm

    I also enjoyed this and look forward to reading her other books!

  31. August 9, 2012 9:11 pm

    This one is new to me, but just adore the cover and the story sounds good as well.

  32. August 9, 2012 9:45 pm

    If I come across this book in a bookstore, I will undoubtedly buy it! You inspire me to write book reviews myself (if only I have the time). My life may be different from Eliot’s, but I think we can all relate to the fact that it is always a risk to selflessly love someone who cannot give back the love you have endowed.

  33. August 10, 2012 9:23 pm

    I’m worried for Eliot just by reading your thoughts!

  34. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 11, 2012 10:00 pm

    This one sounds great…I must get a copy..NOW!

    • Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
      August 11, 2012 10:03 pm

      I just requested it from the library!!

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