Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Conetmporary Women's Fiction Review: Love Madly by Tracey Hooker

I am not always a women's fiction fan--but, today, I have one that will be at the top of my recommended book list for quite a while! Check out Love Madly by Tracey Hooker, read my thoughts on the book & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  Love Madly by Tracey Hooker
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  284 pages
GenreContemporary Women's Fiction
PublisherTracey Hooker
Release date:   May 2021
Content RatingPG-13: some f-words, violence, non-explicit sex scenes
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About the Book

One afternoon Jamie is so bored she forms lips with her left hand and kisses it. She is missing passion in her life. Her husband, Joe, always ready with a snide remark, catches her in the act. This time he's speechless when Jamie quips that she's "having an affair."

​The story is told in Jamie's irreverent voice and blends two timelines--that of Jamie's young years with her teenage soulmate, then her troubled marriage and ensuing Hollywood affair.
My Review

Love Madly Gives Readers a Realistic, Relatable Story. I love Tracey Hooker's writing style. She gave this novel a memoir-like feel as her main character shared pieces of her present and past along with her thoughts and emotions. Jamie's story is offered in a believable, realistic, easy-to-read, gently flowing manner that feels too realistic and relatable to be fiction. I even checked to see if I had picked up a memoir instead of a women's fiction novel! Maybe it is just my just-passed-a-milestone-birthday state of life reflection--or some random coincidences--, but I found some of Jamie's story all too relatable. I cried a little occasionally--and, indeed, rooted for a happy, love-filled ending for her!


Expect Characters to Love--and Hate--and an Ending That Stays with You Beyond the Last Page. The author tells Jamie's story in a way that makes the characters lovable-- or dis-likable. Almost immediately. Finding a soulmate is one element of life that many of us never see. Jamie's story of love and life lingers in readers' hearts long after the last page.


Would I Recommend Love Madly? This novel does not have a sappy happy ending--or even necessarily a fictionalized perfect ending. However, if you enjoy reading a realistic, relatable lifelong love/life story--this one should be on your reading list. I loved the author's storytelling and the memoir-feel that made this my favorite book so far this year.

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Meet the Author

Tracey Hooker is a creative thinker, writer and doer. She has a master’s degree in health administration and spent 16 years educating state legislators across the United States on critical public health issues. Tracey practices yoga, hikes in the Rockies, dabbles in watercolors, writes rap songs and donates blood. She has lived in California, Spain and Arizona, and now lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and her dog, Winnie.

connect with the author: website
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