What books pique my interest and beckon to me?
A cover that is creative, lovely and inviting.
An author with an interesting bio on Twitter who is an engaging poster.
A book blurb that sounds fresh, intriguing or lyrical.
I have no special formula– just “aha! I can’t wait to read this book.”
I do not solicit manuscripts. I curate these on my own. Because…I am a writer who loves to read, learn and encourage!
This week I read:
“If he was involved in anything it had to be a masterpiece.”
I decided to read A Mistress, A Wife because author Arline Miller is one of the most joyful people I have met on Twitter. The cover of her book captivated me, too.
This is the story of a love triangle, but not a typical triangle at all. Rachelle is a young woman, a blend of sensuality and innocence, when she captivates Dave. Rachelle narrates much of the story. Dave is an older business man, successful, urbane, hard-charging, and handsome with a firm jaw. He is so entranced by Rachelle that he takes her for his own, Pygmalion-like. She becomes his willing creation.
“Whatever it is; I am here. What ever happened to you, I will remain.”
In the shadows of the story, is Dave’s wife, Vivian. Drink and despair have ruined Vivian and have literally made her a shadow. The author uses lyrical language and beautiful thoughts to describe the passions and struggles of the two women as they orbit Dave. Dave, Vivian, and Rachelle are all well-developed characters. The settings, from New York to a vacation island, are also described in detail. I was moved by the compassionate presentation of Rachelle’s sad past.
This is an engrossing romance. You will experience the characters’ joys, intimate delights, and their deepest pains. You will cry as the characters learn and grow. There are several plot twists, and the ending is satisfying and positive but not a typical happily ever after.
“Let us place only good memories in our treasure chest…”
Meet Arline Miller: I have been in business for all of my working years and from this experience of a woman working in diversified industries, I have obtained a life voyeuristic view of how people deal with a twist and turn world. My writing is my escape by blogging since 2012 and applying a lot of suspense entangled relationships into “A Mistress, A Wife” and now writing “Tell Me Lies, Love Me
You will also enjoy reading Ms. Miller’s inspirational blog.
Jena C. Henry is the author of the Golden Age of Charli series.
I am a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant and encourager. I have lived my entire life in Tropical Ohio. My goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. I am writing a fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, that presents the problems and praises, and the love and laughter of family life and retirement.
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