Who Do You Love: A Novel "An unforgettable story about true love, real life, and second chances…
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.
Rachel grows up in an affluent Florida suburb, the popular and protected daughter of two doting parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running.
Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again—linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.
A sweeping, warmhearted, and intimate tale, Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the passage of time, the way people change and change each other, and how the measure of a life is who you love."
I hate to do this as I usually love anything by this author, but this book just left me annoyed for some reason. To me it was just meh. It had its moments, please don't get me wrong. The premise was fairly unique to me (although a little stale for a lot of the general public), the character's are well drawn and multi-layered but for me the idea of love at first sight, sort of, is a difficult idea for me to swallow.
The pain that these two go through during their lives, real pain and emotional pain, especially Andy's got to be too much for me after a while.
The resolution and conclusion of the novel was good but I wish it had happened a bit earlier in the book so we could have seen Andy and Rachel have some good in their lives.
Yes, you get the happily ever after with this book, but the path to that moment was like walking over glass. A delicate process, painful at times and you are very thankful when that walk is done.