January 22, 2014

Title:  The Weight of Words

Series: Words

Author:  Georgina Guthrie

Published:  November 2013, Omnific Publishing

Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together.

Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy–made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record–keeps them apart. Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted, and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family, and classmates.

Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup but that did not in any way influence this review.

Ana will put The Weight of Words on her second shelf!

Initial Thoughts:  In real life, forbidden love is devastating…in books it’s quite often angsty, exciting and delicious but, let’s not forget that it’s still heartbreaking.  This story brought that heartbreak to life on each page.  As the reader, I was rooting for the characters from the very beginning and struggling along with them as they faced each obstacle.  Their desires lured me in…their love, so hard fought for, kept me reading.

The Characters:  I loved Aubrey and Daniel.  Both were strong and intelligent characters who felt real in many ways.  Aubrey is bright and sassy.  A girl who knows what she wants and works hard to get it.  She’s not rich and struggles to make sure she can complete her education.  Her world is not perfect but she’s strong…and she’s blessed with great, supportive friends.  Daniel’s world is a bit darker.  His past threatens to catch up with him at every turn and he’s retreated into himself to ensure that doesn’t happen.  He’s a tough nut to crack, however, and I did question his intentions initially.  Soon enough, however, I discovered that he’s a passionate characters…someone who’s been hurt but still longs for a connection to the right person.

The Romance:  The attraction between Daniel and Aubrey is intense and undeniable.  It hangs in every word, oozes from every glance, and drips from every sonnet quoted throughout the book.  There’s no doubt these two need to be together.  The romance here is in the words, the looks, the soft touches, the stolen moments.  It’s not blatant, yet it burns brightly.

The Setting/Plot:  Set in a location I am very familiar with, this story had me smiling and made it so easy to picture each scene.  The plot, revolving around the love of all things Shakespeare added to the romance although in some spots felt like it may have slowed the story down.  Ultimately, however, if you’re a lover of love, references to the Bard only added to the experience.  Beware that the plot is not new or unique, we’ve seen many of these forbidden student/teacher stories play out in books (and in real life for that matter).  But, when done well, as it is here, the story and the characters can definitely help the reader overcome that feeling of déjà vu.

Recommend?  Yes!  It’s a great read…and the best part is that it’s just the beginning of a series.  So…there will be so much more to enjoy!

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