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Hector and the Secrets of Love by Francois Lelord


Cover art: Hector and the Secrets of Love Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Hector and the Secrets of Love - 2nd in the Hector's Journeys series
Author: Francois Lelord
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-311947-0
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: General Fiction
Year/Setting: Present Day/France, Asia
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Francois's Website/Blog: None found

Dear Readers:

Hector is everyone’s favorite psychiatrist who was introduced to millions of readers in Lelord’s first novel in this series, Hector and the Search for Happiness. Hector is one of those ‘odd’ quirky men who are highly intelligent, yet question almost everything in life, and try to find the whys, wherefores, who’s, what’s, and how’s.

In this second novel about Hector, he has become a bit sick and tired of hearing all of his patients talk about love and the consequences of ‘that’ feeling. Divorce, unhappiness, mothers and fathers who weren’t in love and growing up in the house with them…frankly, Hector thinks love is simply nothing more than a real pain-in-the-butt. Some of his patients complain that they have too much love, while others complain they aren’t getting enough; not to mention love can equal suicide in many cases. Talk about an all-powerful feeling! Hector has gone through love issues in the past just like everyone else, but now he’s happy because he has his, Clara.

Clara has her issues with love as well, and they both seem to want to find the reasons behind this most powerful feeling and try their best to understand love in all its forms. When Hector gets a request from a pharmaceutical company, he finds himself needing to track down a brilliant scientist whose claim to fame is the fact that he discovered how to develop a molecule that actually makes people fall in love.

So, off Hector goes into Southeast Asia and finds himself locked in an adventure that involves memories of his very own ‘Chinese’ love; while Clara is off in her own world tracking down the meaning of love and, perhaps, rekindling a lost love of her very own.

When this French psychiatrist came to the literary realm, he was immediately loved, and all readers have waited to see what Hector will do next. This is a truly adorable and thought-provoking story - just as the first one was. And, luckily enough, the author is already working on the third adventure of Hector which is sure to be just as much fun! Enjoy!

Until next time,

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