#SheReviews Book of Love

March 10, 2022


Are you in need of a feel good romantic comedy to lift your spirits? Look no further than the Book of Love which is showing now in cinemas. This delightful movie will take you to London and Mexico on a book tour with a twist. She Society spent a lovely evening at Event Cinemas Myer Centre enjoying a special advanced screening of this bilingual romance with a really clever premise at its heart. 

The Story 

Henry is a highly strung British author, whose first novel is a total failure. One bright spot is that the book is a huge hit in Mexico where he is invited to do a book tour.There he meets the lovely Maria, his translator, and it soon becomes clear that she has rewritten his dull manuscript as an erotic novel, with all the twists and turns of a Spanish Tele novella. The writer is furious and even more so when he finds he has to embark on a book tour across Mexico with Maria and her loveable family in tow. But as they say, ‘ Opposites attract ‘ and sparks begin to fly in the steamy Mexico heat. Henry soon becomes an unlikely sex symbol in this modern day romance. 

The Characters

You will remember our leading man, Sam Claflin, from his charming role in Me Before You. He plays the serious and uptight Henry Copper with warmth and ever growing charm. It is easy to see why he was chosen for this role. Feisty single Mum, Maria Rodriguez, is played by the beautiful Veronica Echegui. She has a great screen presence. Add a kind grandfather, a cute kid, a flamboyant publisher and a macho ex and you have the recipe for a rollicking good road trip. 

It was great to hear the audience laughing out loud at this story during our special advanced screening. Yes, it was cheesy and a little predictable in parts, but as a romance writer I found it had all the right ingredients to keep me smiling and getting goosebumps right until the end. It developed all of those romance tropes we hear so much of in our writing courses, with a sense of fun and a little magic. It also had that Latino flavour which made the movie visually appealing and made me look forward to travelling again. 

This movie is an antidote to those tough weeks when you just want to escape into fun and romance for a while. Hey, call me a romantic, guilty as charged, but I loved this cheerful, little movie and would happily watch it again and again. It’s a clever and charming movie which is as much a fish out of water road trip as a quirky romance. I recommend you see it for yourself. Book of Love is in cinemas from March 10. Are you ready for a little romance?


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