Published by: Bent Pine Publishing
Published: November 17, 2015
Kindle Version, 137 pages
Max Martinelli spent her junior year of college in Paris, and fell in love. Julien was a wickedly handsome young man who was crazy in love with her, or so she thought. He was a free-spirited artist and she an aspiring architect – impressionable, young, and standing on the brink of womanhood. That was over three years ago but the memory of him still haunts her. Max's life is stuck on hold because she can't stop wondering what would have happened if she had gone back. Was Julien simply part of the magic of Paris? Or was he mean to be her destiny? After a New Year's Eve party that ends in disaster and bad dreams, Max decides to find out once and for all. She is going to return to Paris and search for Julien. But will her search bring forever after happiness or a truth so ugly it will change her life forever?
My Review:Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski
This is one of those books that beckons me and draws me in before I even start reading it. The cover says it all – the wet pavement, the Eiffel Tower, and a suitcase draped with a red scarf. It gets even better as the prologue sets up the reader's expectations for a fascinating story. My expectations were fulfilled and then some.
Maxine (Max) is still pining for her lost love, Julien, who she met three years previously in Paris, when she was an architectural student there. She can't get on with her life until she figures out why they have lost contact. Her memories of him and their time together keep her captive so she decides to return to the City of Lights to find him. What happens to her there is the basis of the story. Paris seems so familiar and yet at the same time different in ways that Max can't see but only feel. Watch for the situation where Max declares, "what the heart remembers isn't always a true picture of what was." Perfect!
It's obvious that the author is familiar with Paris as she evokes the atmosphere represented by the cobblestone streets, the cafes, the bistros, Chateau Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay. It's authentic.
All of the characters are well drawn, but my favourite is 91-year-old Ophelia Browne who is one of the narrators. The reader gets a glimpse of her in this story, but to know more read the author's two previous books in this series. Ophelia is definitely intriguing. I'd like to know more about her.
My favourite line in the book is something Max says. "…..love isn't the flourishes and fancy ironwork that decorates a façade; it’s the foundation of a building. It's what forever is built on."
I highly recommend this tale of lost love, new-found love and the power of memory set against the backdrop of that most romantic of cities – Paris.
Note: This book is rated G.
Note: This book is rated G.
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I love Bette's books.ReplyDelete
I have read quite a few of her books, but I have not read this one.
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