TLC Book Tours: All Stories are Love Stories
• Hardcover: 368 pages • Publisher: Harper (March 22, 2016) An achingly beautiful novel about the power of nature, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring strength of love On Valentine's Day, two major earthquakes strike San Francisco within the same hour, devastating the city and its primary entry points, sparking fires throughout, and leaving its residents without power, gas, or water. Among the disparate survivors whose fates will become intertwined are Max, a man who began the day with birthday celebrations tinged with regret; Vashti, a young woman who has already buried three of the people she loved most . . . but cannot forget Max, the one who got away; and Gene, a Stanford geologist who knows far too much about the terrifying earthquakes that have damaged this beautiful city and irrevocably changed the course of their lives. As day turns to night and fires burn across the city, Max and Vashti, trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, must confront each other and face the truth about their past, while Gene embarks on a frantic search through the realization of his worst nightmares to find his way back home to his ailing lover. And by morning, nothing will be the same.
If you just hear the title of this book, you think it's just another cheesy romance, but you'd be totally wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and the main reason I enjoyed it so much was because of Elizabeth Percer's eloquent, beautiful, GORGEOUS writing. It flows so well and is so wonderfully written. The story was engaging as well--what drew me to the book originally was its comparison to Station Eleven--which I loved--and it is very similar in a lot of ways. What I liked about this book in relation to that comparison was that it wasn't quite as far fetched--a devastating earthquake hitting San Francisco is absolutely, and unfortunately, plausible--and that made the book easier to relate to for me. Several times I found myself thinking about where I am at different parts of the day and what it would be like to experience the earthquake there and potentially be trapped. Like Gene, for instance, who experience the earthquake in the middle of a traffic jam on the freeway. Or max, in an auditorium that completely collapses.
I loved the character and the different perspectives. The book mainly followed Max and Vashti, who have a complicated history together, as well as Gene, a University professor. I related to all of them, really, which I feel is an attribute of a great writer.
Yes, there are love stories in this book, but it also explores so many themes and issues completely relevant in today's society. I absolutely recommend this book if you're looking for a book that has a deeper meaning and makes you think!
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