Thank you @lovebooktours for the chance to read The Love Fragments by Eleni Cay! This book came out on the 12th of December (2021) and was published by Westbury Arts Centre. It is available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon as an Ebook and paperback!
London, 2035: Dr Katie Kuznetsov is a tech-savvy, fresh graduate who’s wrestling with Multiple Sclerosis and is starting her climb up the academic ladder. While watching her parents’ marriage fall apart, she’s battling the old-fashion ideas of her analog-loving fiancée Mark. Katie attempts to spice up her relationship with social media dating. She meets mysterious businessman Aron, and leaves Mark for the promise of a perfect relationship. At first Aron seems like an ideal boyfriend, but his constant disappearances and lack of communication make Katie doubt her sense of self. When Katie discovers his secret, her life splinters into micro-aggressions and lies. In addition, she battles a relapse of Multiple Sclerosis, her parents’ untimely divorce, and the breakdown of her relationship with old friends. Can Katie restore her faith in the integrity of people she meets online and off? Will she be able to piece her life back together and repair her belief in the wholeness of love?
The Love Fragments talks about some really important things. Mark may have been a big support to Katie while she was battling the worse of her MS, but the man we see in this book is selfish, lazy, and unpleasant. Does she stay with him now, as she watches her parents marriage fail, or does she move on the way her friend Jackie encourages her to do.
Her friends are also certainly characters. They range from the influencer Jackie to the academic Lana. Katie is awful to Jackie. She comes off as super holier than thou, with the whole this is not meaningful thing. I also absolutely despised Lana, because like do you not have any emotional intelligence? I mean, thats a lot like most academics, but really some emotional intelligence would have been nice.
Ultimately, I won’t be completing this book anytime soon! The 30% I read was interesting, but given that I really disliked the characters, and I think it needed a bit of an edit. The book has a lot of potential, but certain quotes like the one below put me off:
‘Oh, I love to see your little apricots jumping!’ Mark cupped my naked breasts.the love fragments by Eleni Cay (page 37)
While ultimately, the book wasn’t my cup of tea, and I won’t be finishing it. I do think you should head over the @lovebookstours account on Instagram and look at tagged posts and posts with under the tag #thelovefragments to read alternative reviews! While something may not be for me, it can be something really great to others!