Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo might seem like a long title, and an unusual one. But the story it tells is quite profound. Heather Wardell won my heart with her book Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many. And she has done it all over again with this book.
I have had this book on my Kindle for a while. And I also have Fifty Million Reasons which is from the same series. In Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo, we meet Candice who lives and works in the Toronto area. She is married to Ian who is a carpenter. As the story begins, Candice sees Ian off at the airport as he leaves for a month long trip to Bangladesh.
We learn that all is not well with the couple. Ian and Candice had been married only for a year when their wedded bliss was rudely interrupted. Ian’s parents are killed in a crash while trying to buy a Christmas present for Candice. Candice has a polar bear fetish and the polar bear rug they bought is now gathering dust in her basement. Grief struck, Ian said some harsh words and their relationship has not been the same even though a year has passed.
Candice works for an interior designer and just as she sees Ian off, she comes face to face with her new client at the office – none other than her ex boyfriend from college. Kegan is as polished and handsome as ever. He insists on working with ‘Candy’ as he calls her and it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly and the old flame to be rekindled.
As Ian writes only sporadically instead of the promised daily email, Candice is dragged further into temptation. She genuinely likes Kegan and a part of her still loves him. Kegan makes his feelings clear with his overtures. Larissa, her old friend, is not pleased with this and tries to warn Candice.
Among all the chaos, Candice comes across a polar bear she has been dreaming of for ever. No, not in person, but in picture form at a tattoo parlor. It is standing on an ice floe staring at the moon. Everyone tells Candice she is not the type to get a tattoo, but she is not sure of anything anymore.
Anyone who has been in a troubled relationship can actually empathize with Candice. And the lure of first love? Has anyone been able to completely forget it? What would you do if you were uncertain of your future and came face to face with the one that got away? This is the dilemma Candice faces.
The story is arranged like a diary for every day that Ian is away. What does Candice finally do? And will it allow her to be happy in life? Read Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo to find out!
Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo is free for Kindle readers.