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Reviewed by Jaycee Allen for Readers' Favorite
In Learning to Love by Jennifer Wilck, Dina Jacobs, a frizzy-haired librarian with a genius IQ, meets Adam Mandel, a good-looking, corporate attorney, and there’s no more unlikely pair than these two. Dina still sees herself as the socially awkward, unattractive outsider that she was in high school, whereas Adam, smug, irresponsible, and ostentatious, needs a flashy car and a glamorous blonde on his arm to feel good about himself. However, Adam's attraction to Dina is sincere, no matter how different she is from his usual choice of women — but how can he convince Dina of that? And how hard will it be for Dina to convince Adam that happiness might include literature instead of flash?
Of course, this is the sort of story we all love — the ugly duckling who just might charm the socks off a prince. Which one of us, no matter how socially successful or attractive, doesn’t harbor a grain of doubt? And how easy it is to forget that, when seen through the eyes of a lover, the beloved is always beautiful. This is a well-written story with charmingly intelligent dialogue and interesting Jewish content — the first time I’ve encountered this in a romance novel. The pairing between Dina and Adam seems unlikely to succeed, but what initially keeps them together — and apart — are the problems both have at the moment. Although I did find myself wishing that these two very smart people would stop giving themselves the same irritating negative messages over and over, when the book ended, I was happily satisfied.