I have had my fair share of Helena Hunting books, and so far, I have good experiences with most of what I’ve read. This including The Good Luck Charm. Despite following what seems to be a hackneyed storyline — that of childhood sweethearts and heartbreaks then finding a way back to each other, falling madly in love again, this read provides more depth to what is already an overused concept. It’s not a personal favorite, I’d be honest about it. But there are certain points in the plot which stood out and I would gladly take away and cherish.
First would be believing in the magic of second chances. To open your heart again to that one person who has already broken your heart once, left you all alone and vulnerable, crushing the light of your soul is an incredibly brave, incredibly difficult thing to do. It’s definitely not an act I can easily consider (or even, readily do) if I’m subjected to such a scenario. Hence, I am in awe of the main female lead, Lilah or DJ (short for Delilah Jane).
In the story, the male lead, Ethan, might have legitimate reasons for why he decided to leave Lilah behind that one time, but knowing Lilah’s background and experience with being abandoned, I am disappointed at how he managed the breakup. Despite this, the author was successful in showing us the two sides of their heartbreak. That though Lilah seemed to get the brunt end of the separation, Ethan was in no way unaffected and was also suffering in ways that cannot be easily seen. Like every love story sadly ending, there’s always two people hurt and in mourning.
It is a delight to see these two characters unravel when they finally met again after almost a decade. We are not only shown love blossoming a second time around, hope for a renewed future together, but there are other real emotions like anger, disbelief, sorrow, and eventually forgiveness which are integral parts of the entire story. Without the resolution of past issues which have greatly damaged their relationship, another shot of being together is not going to be possible. So, the author made sure her readers will heal and forgive along with her characters.
As to why the title is The Good Luck Charm, you’d have to read the book and find out for yourself. I didn’t really feel it is as emphasized as the author would like it to be, but I get it. I saw why she chose this title. I believe the story could have an alternate title though, but that’s just my opinion.
Most of the time we question why things happen in our lives. Our plans fall apart. Everything is not what we expect it to be. Bad fortunes left and right. But no matter how confusing life’s timing may be, there is a reason for why things happen, and hopefully everything will soon fall into place. Life will never be perfect and problem-free, so just like Ethan and Lilah, you just carry on and give it your best shot. Who knows, you just might find yourself at your desired destination, where you can be most happy.
I give this book 3.5 stars. I have read many stories of second-chance loves. It inspires you and grounds you. You learn to forgive, and you remain hopeful for what is to come. I felt just that when I was reading this.
- Title: The Good Luck Charm
- Author: Helena Hunting
- Year published: 2018
- Publisher: Forever
- Total number of pages: 352
- ISBN-13: 978-1-538-76014-7