Review – Finding the Cure by Cassandra Giovanni

Finding the cure

Publication date: June 18, 2015
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

The story

Ellie Abela’s life has been anything but easy. Tragedy follows her where ever she goes, and she’s been a lot of places. At twenty she’s lived in over ten different states, all because of her dad’s career in medical research. His career is just another list of the causes of tragedies in El’s life. He’s dying, and with every breath he takes closer to Heaven, Ellie dies a little bit inside too.At twelve she lost her mom in a drunk driving accident, and in a matter of months she fears she’ll lose the last person she has in the world to cancer.

While Ellie’s life has been rife with sadness, Trent Wentworth’s has been a challenge. A drug-addicted mom and a dead-beat dad meant at twenty three he was the adoptive father of his two year old sister. Now at twenty five he’s working his way up the corporate ladder and a struggling single parent.

Each is searching for a cure to the things in their lives dragging them down.

Not all cures are black and white; not all cures save us–and sometimes saving isn’t what we need. Sometimes we just need to realize how lucky we are to be alive, at least for this moment.



My review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Finding the Cure deals with one of the most difficult subjects for me to read about : the illness and loss of a parent. Probably because it is one of my deepest fears in life. Watching someone you love struggle with sickness is not a light subject. I started reading this book fearing for my heart, and I was right. Deep down, you know what’s going to happen, inevitable, but you can’t help hoping it won’t.

But Finding the Cure is above all a story about love. Different forms of love : a developing love between Ellie and Trent, and of course parental love… between Ellie and her father, but also between Trent and Allie, his little sister.

The book alternates between the happy romantic scenes of Ellie and Trent’s growing love story and the heartbreaking parts about her father, in this bittersweet story.


There’s only one tiny negative point about this book for me… the “hot” scene. Or more like the disappearance of it. The way this scene was handled felt quite weird. It ended too abruptly, to jump to the scene right after. I understand the concept of “clean NA” but it felt like there was something missing there, and I think it could have been handled in a different way.


I really love Cassandra Giovanni’s easily recognizable, enjoyable writing. It is efficient but remains poetic… I love the way she creates such credible characters you can’t help falling in love with.

I highly recommend this beautiful book to all romance lovers, who should not be disappointed. I wasn’t!



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About the author

Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.


Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.


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