by Denene Miller, Nick Chiles

June 2005
ISBN: 0-525-94824-4
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Nina and Aaron have been friends since the day he moved into the neighborhood and shared his Now and Later candy with her. Their friendship has lasted through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. Aaron is Nina’s anchor, a person who knows her better than anyone else and loves her unconditionally. Nina is Aaron’s link to the past, an integral part of his present, and an indulgence for his future. In Nina there is Aaron and in Aaron there is Nina. It’s how it has always been. Two people sharing one soul. What would happen if those two people shared their bodies as well? Will it prove to be their ruin or will it enrich what is already there?

Aaron is a rescuer. He is forever being an emotional lifesaver for Nina, her sounding board, and her protector. In exchange the magic that is Nina fills Aaron’s life and gives him a sense of ‘being at home’ whenever he is with her. Inevitably, an opportunity arises to take the next step and thus friends become lovers. The tests and trials that ensue will make or break them.

Written mostly in flashbacks, A Love Story is a character study of a woman and a man told in alternating points of view. At first the flashbacks were helpful in getting acquainted with the characters, however, the interruptions quickly became annoying. Reading A Love Story after that point was tedious. I made a conscious effort to keep myself from skipping pages. This book is almost like a case study in a couple’s self-help manual, except the reader is given an in-depth view into both the emotional and thought processes of the people. In this case, Aaron and Nina. I did enjoy the peek into Aaron’s mind. It helped to understand why Nina has security issues and why Aaron withdraws. I wanted to love this book and I think I would have if there weren't so many flashbacks that interrupted the flow.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Rho.