Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti | Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
Because of my love for the introduction of this trilogy, Lost in Love
was at the tip top of my to-read list this spring. It did not
disappoint–in fact, it is the perfect novel for any romantic to have on
hand this summer. Susane Colasanti shows her writing chops again with a
heartfelt summer adventure filled with romance and friendship and the
age old questioning of those entering adulthood.
again are our girls–Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna. Each girl faces a world of
changes with the backdrop of New York City just in the distance. When
we left them in City Love, the trio were navigating their new lives and
new loves, all the while befriending one another and exploring their
Drama was at an abundance when it
came down to a few flaws in their new lives. Sadie’s found her soulmate,
Austin, only to discover he isn’t at all who she that he was–that he
was keeping a huge secret from her. He’s married. When we meet up
with Sadie again, our eternal optimist is struggling with their break
up and needs time to get back into the right state of mind to deal with
Without Austin, we see Sadie take time to grief
and come to terms with her romantic life. She takes just the right
amount of time to herself with the help of her warm fuzzies, Darcy and
Rosanna and her best friend from childhood. I liked that once more Sadie
is warm and realistic and just the sweetest character ever.
of course, things always change. Spoiler alert. When Austin comes back
into her life with news, he and his wife are divorcing and he’s moved in
with a friend, she comes to question things once more.
what’s next for them? That isn’t all: Sadie receives some surprising
family news that leaves her concerned and sets up another excellent
plotline for the final book.
Let’s aim for Darcy next! Our
favorite adventurer is trying to find her place in the city, all the
while trying to maintain her breezy personality and figure out her
future. We last saw Darcy falling for Jude, in her own way, and just as
she was about to admit her true feelings, or rather intentions for him,
her ex-boyfriend makes a reappearance in her life.
As it turns out, her ex wants her back.
I mean, who wouldn’t, right? Darcy is a total catch. But with Jude in
the picture, Darcy is more confused than ever. Should she choose
reigniting the past–with her ex-boyfriend’s intentions unclear even as
he claims to love her–or follow her heart to something new?
future is becoming less cloudy, but in some cases she wonders if it’s
too late. Darcy is highly torn and in for some frustration in heartbreak
by novel end–but as always, her passion and fire show and she is more
than ready for a challenge.
I just love Darcy, okay? And I
felt for her. For her confusion over her romantic life, for her
uncertainty about what she wants to do with her life, for the fact that
her boyfriend forgot about her birthday. Darcy is just utterly
obtainable because, in spite of her rich party girl persona, she is just
a normal young woman.
Lastly is Rosanna. Rosanna is meeting
more challenges in her life as she tries to get to the bottom of where
Addison is, and who is she is, and why she knows so much about her. The
answers take a bit of time to come across and really shock her as she
unravels the mysterious troublemaker’s intentions.
romance with D seems to be equal parts heating up and cooling off. With
the reappearance of a girl from D’s past, who seems to come between them
in one way or another whether these are her intentions or not, things
are not looking up.
They had quite a bit of bliss for the
most part and vacationed together–I love, love this pairing! I’m a
sucker for the opposites attract trope and in a lot of ways, they are
opposites. But something about them just blends together really well and
the sparks are off the charts.
I loved seeing the ending of
the novel, their chapter, where Rosanna is starting to see through the
smoke and comes clean about her past: all of it, her financial
situation, her abuse, who Addison is and what threat she poses. D takes
it all in stride and I think they are exactly what the other person
Lots of love for the way D handled Rosanna’s past and
her revelation. He really, really adores her and she, him. I’m curious
to see what’s next for their relationship and what Shayla and Addison
will have to do with, well, everything.
continues her life as a camp counselor and has to make a decision on
what to do about a camper who seems to be jumpy and may or may not be
abused at home.
Overall, each girl has plots that are perfect
age-wise and once more Susane takes us on a whirlwind adventure of the
importance of truth, friendship and love. The number one highlight of these novels and of Colasanti's characters is that their friendship is the main focus. Or at least the best part of it. City Love introduced to the new bond between these three girls and now in Lost in Love, we see the good and the bad of it--sometimes tensions run high in friendships and this reflects that.
I have high hopes, though, that it isn't going to have a lasting effect, any of the flaws.
I felt that this
one was a lot more active beyond romance and it felt much more realistic
(not that the other didn’t)–it tackled a lot of topics such as abuse
(sexual or physical), the downfalls of “revenge”, people who know no
boundaries and a few topics of the lighter variety.
Love is the absolute perfect balance of genres and is thoughtful, warm
and delightful. Get your highlighters and page markers reader because
this one will have you making note of many moments!