LOVE: Madly after Truly


By Ruthie Knox
The New York Trilogy #2
Category: Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
Penguin Random House/Loveswept
Ebook:Mar 14, 2017 | 300 Pages


An impulsive trip to New York City, a heartthrob from London, and a scandalous to-do list turn a small-town girl’s life upside down in this sultry romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Truly and About Last Night.

Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?


My Take Oblong Shaped


Madly picks up about 9 months after the end of TRULY, Ruthie’s first book in this series, which I loved.

In actuality TRULY came out in 2014 and I have been longing for thr next book in the series and so finally! Yay!

In this entry in the trilogy, Ruth seems to have altered the character of May’s (from TRULY) sister, TRULY?
This book starts off with Allie acting like a spy from some film noir.  She’s even dressed for the role: funky hat, trench coat!

In this story, Allie had ventured to NYC to prevent a family disaster.  But, what she finds out is that despite her business expertise  and intuition, she has very little expertise or reliable intuitive ability with family.  And,  she learns that what she believes; what she knows both through evidence/experience and through what she has been told her whole life, is that she knows very little about her parents, her family, and even about herself. 
Indeed having learned one particularly devastating fact, she has extrapolated very badly.  To be fair, the character is only 26 and we all make mistakes when we’re young.  She reveals secrets from her past, and learns what others thought, truly, about her ex.  Now, in the last book everyone seems as if they lover her ex, so they way they feel here is a surprise.

In MADLY Knox examines how well we can know anyone and how learning about ourselve and others is constant, never ending, and often, incorrect. Plus, while we tend to hold people static in uor minds they are not unchanging: “You can’t step in the same river twice.”

Also, Knox is the first fiction writer I have read who writes a character who refers to the Plato’s theory of forms in her novel. It’s actually the first time I have seen anything about it since literary criticism 101 in 1977.

That she does this subtly and sophisticatedly within the confines of this contemporary, steamy tease of a romance is pretty darn cool. 

I always wonder who a character is based on, and I try to fit them to actors.  The actors I see are not as age specoific.  For example, Allie seems to me a striking woman, with lovely features but a little kooky; a 26 year old Zooey Deschanel.  Her sister May, not typically svelte always turns to Kat Denning or maybe Lena Dunham. 

Winston, Allie’s love interest, is a slightly older Benedict Cumberbatch; aristocratic, lean, fit but not overly muscled,   unhappy and formerly ruthless in business and family.  This also provides an interesting link to an earlier, SUPER stamy book by Ruthie, ABOUT LAST NIGHT (2012).  Winston’s brother features a lot in that one. 

Allie’s and May’s father could be well-suited to Peter Skaarsgard; with his sort of frumpy, patient ways.

It’s just how I think of the characters in my head. 

I think you should read TRULY and MADLY for yourself to see who you would imagine playing the characters!

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