A beautifully written story that hit incredibly close to home.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Jules Wake for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.
She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2019 with Notting Hill in the Snow.
Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series.
Between them, the two Js have written sixteen novels, The Spark being the latest.
Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.
Jess is falling for Sam.
Sam is falling for Jess.
But it seems life will do whatever it takes to make them fall apart.
When Jess and Sam lock eyes at a party, a spark ignites. The spark. But love at first sight isn’t like the movies, especially when Sam’s ex, Victoria, is determined to make their honeymoon period a living hell.
Is love at first sight enough?
Review (No Spoilers)
I have SO MANY feelings about this book that I already know that this review is not going to do it justice. Please know that if you’ve read this book and want to discuss it with me, I am 100% willing because I ABSOLUTE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK. I simply cannot get over how much I loved the way the story was written, the powerful messages it delivers, and how close to home it hit.
(It’s kind of funny because I recently read a book by Julie Caplin–Jules Wake’s pen name–and I only now realized that these two are the same person.)
The Spark follows two characters, Jess and Sam, who both feel an unusually strong connection as soon as they meet. There’s just one problem: Sam is already in a relationship. When Sam decides to break up with his girlfriend and pursue a relationship with Jess, his ex does not handle it well. In fact, she makes it her personal mission to break the two apart.
I can’t go into many details about what happens because my reviews always aim to be spoiler-free, but the reason The Spark fell so close to home for me was because I went through almost these exact same events two years ago. I too had to deal with a vindictive ex who painted me out to be the “other woman” (when I wasn’t) and who spent seemingly all of her time trying to make both me and my partner as miserable as possible.
At one point during the book, I literally put my iPad down, turned to my partner, and said, “I’m not convinced that this author didn’t follow us and write this book based on our story.” The plot came so dangerously close to what I had to go through two years ago that I might have honestly been having a panic attack the entire time I was reading. Rob (my partner) kept having to check in on me to see if I was okay with continuing to read, but there was no way I could have stopped. This book was just so good.
I’d definitely recommend The Spark to anyone interested in romance and women’s fiction. It’s a book about love, but it’s also a book about empathy, compassion, and sacrifice.
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