Good morning and welcome to the first Review by Sue in a very long time. I’ve been so busy writing, I haven’t had a lot of time for reading, but I’m hoping that will change.
This morning, my review is for La Vie en Rose, Life in Pink, a new novel by Lydia Michaels which is available for pre-order, but won’t be downloaded until April 12, 2016. Normally I would wait to review this, but because this is an unusual and incredible book. I’m giving you a head’s up.
One of the things I always loved about reading was my ability to escape into the book, identify with the charcters, and live, love, laugh, and cry with them. Never has this been more true than in La Vie en Rose.
Here’s the blurb:
Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty pearls, and—of course—falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairytales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.
Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend, but soon finds himself wanting more.
She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves most in this world—his Emma. His hero.
Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.
La Vie en Rose is a wonderful read from the first page to the last, but it isn’t an easy book to read. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that starts in the first few pages. Emma is normal. She’s just been dumped and she’s distraught. I could easily visualize her clutching the soggy dress to her chest. She doesn’t over-react to what is probably the worst day of her life. Sure she’s a huge sopping wet mess of tears, but what woman wouldn’t be when her life falls apart like that?
Riley is the little boy in a man suit. He likes to laugh and play and doesn’t like seeing women–especially Emma cry, so he sets out to make her smile again. At first, he reminded me of a protective big brother, which he is since he’s Rarity’s brother, the other roommate sharing the apartment.Both Rarity and Riley have dragons to slay in their relationship with their parents, rich people who do nothing but criticize them and their life choices. It’s amazing the brother and sister are as close as they are. Michaels handles this with class, making a touchy subject quite palatable.
The novel is divided into three sections. In section one, we have Riley and Emma’s falling in love story–and some hot sex. The thing the man does with grape jelly … But the story doesn’t end there. In section two, Emma and Riley have to deal with an illness no one should have to face, and in this part of the book, you see the meaning of courage and love. Having dealt with family and friends faced with this devastating illness, I understood Emma’s struggle and the courage it took to make the decisions she did. Riley is nothing short of wonderful as he supports and loves Emma through it all.
In the last section of the book, Ms. Michaels dealt with the way crisis can change people because of the love they have for others. She had me examining some of my life choices. Life can be much shorter than we think it will be. The ending is a happily ever after, but the shadow of illness looms in the future as it must given what we know about the diseas and more importantly what we don’t know.
I highly recommend this novel. You will laugh; you will cry; but you will never forget La Vie en Rose.
You can pre-order La Vie en Rose, Life in Pink from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Vie-Rose-Life-Pink-ebook/dp/B01B6KXZO0