I was recently fortunate enough to get the opportunity to read the breakout first novel Irreplaceable by Stephen Lovely. You know, I love to read, and I am always in the midst of a novel (or several). I must admit to this being a bit of a mixed review.
The novel begins with the tragic death of Isabel as the victim of a reckless driver (Jasper). Because she is an organ donor her heart goes to a young mother of two named Janet. About a year after the transplant takes place Janet would like to connect with Alex who was Isabel’s husband…..are you following me so far. Anyway it follows the journey of getting through grief, acceptance, and finding the way to love.
Irreplaceable is a very well-written first novel, and the characters are engaging and you definitely fall into the story line as believable and genuine. I guess my main issue was it was just a little too sappy and reminiscent of several authors who I typically refuse to read because I just don’t like sap. There were a few times that I just wanted them to kind of “snap out of it” and embrace the life given. Of course I have never been in a situation like this where a transplant and a loved one are involved….so I can’t say that I wouldn’t react the same way. Maybe it was because Alex was not a personality I could relate to.
Anyway, Irreplaceable is a good book and the story line is not to complex. The characters are well-fleshed out and I really enjoy Janet. I recommend this book for those who are fans of Nicholas Sparks novels. You will not be disappointed with this book.