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"...A wonderful author...If you like short stories, or novellas, then please grab a copy of the wonderfully talented Carolyn Moncel's book. It's worthy of the 5 star rating..."

"...Each story found in 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover is interesting on its own. If you're looking for something different, this is a book that I would suggest." 4/5 Cups --Coffee Beans and Love Scenes Reviews

"5 Reasons to Leave a Lover is...not your typical chick-lit, instead it explores love and loss in very touching stories...Overall, this collection of short stories is an enjoyable read, especially if you are looking to fill a quiet, rainy afternoon."--Mom Reads My Books

"...5 Reasons to Leave a Lover" is an excellent pick for those looking for romance that touches on the sad fate that many of the romances meet..." 5 Stars --Midwest Book Review

"...Set Yourself Free Ellery and its companion short stories provide a pleasant, and provocative, evening read.  5 Stars!" --Self Publishing Review

From the Author

On the Character Julien Roulet:

Despite his very bad behavior at times, I have to say that I still have a crush on Julien. The way that he speaks and rationalizes his decisions is quintessentially French. There is a passage in the novella where his wife, Ellery, must confront him. They are sitting in beautiful Parc Monceau and Ellery says something to the effect, "I will not love you again, Julien." Julien's response, "I don't believe you because 'will' implies that you 'could' if you wanted to. It means that you are still unsure, no?" When I read that aloud to one of my French friends, she laughed so hard. She said, "Now, THAT is a spot on response from a French guy."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456339273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456339272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,033,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A virtual media and web consultant by day and author by night, Carolyn Davenport-Moncel moved to Paris from Chicago, her hometown, in 2002. She received her bachelor's degree in Communications from Loyola University. Known for her online articles on media relations, Moncel owns MotionTemps, LLC, a bilingual Digital Project and Web Content Management firm with offices in Chicago, Paris and Geneva; and its subsidiary, Mondavé Communications, a media relations training and publishing company. She has written, placed articles or been featured in such diverse publications as,, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Wired News, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and Working Mother. She currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husband and two daughters. Author of Encounters in Paris - A Collection of Short Stories and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover - A Novella and Other Short Stories, her latest collection is called Railway Confessions - A Collection of Short Stories.

Carolyn Moncel On Writing

I started writing because I realized that it's very difficult for me not to tell a story. I come from a family of storytellers, so I've heard some sort of tale all of my life. I tell stories to my family, friends and even my clients. Even my non-fiction, business articles usually end with a moral.

Short stories and novellas are my preferred genres because they allow me to describe brief moments in time and get off the page. I like to make readers think, but I also like to leave them with a bit of suspense.

Other Projects in Production

Nearly Lost You will be a young adult novel written under the pen name, Ella Swinton, and in collaboration with my teenage daughter. The story follows the adventures (or rather misadventures) of Isobel Ballou, a sassy yet snarky, multiracial 15-year-old girl from Evanston, Illinois. Isobel thinks she hates almost everything about her life; most of all her parents' marital status. She would like nothing more than to see them get divorce - that is until her plan hits a series of unavoidable snags while vacationing with her parents and best friend, Danny Carter, in Venice. It's the Parent Trap turned upside down but we hope that teens and adult women in particular will find it an equally enjoyable read. Nearly Lost You debuts in fall 2012.

Geneva Nights - A Novel is the last book in the Ellery Roulet series ties together all of the characters introduced in previous works like Encounters in Paris and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover. New characters also emerge including a very sexy new man who definitely has his eye on Ellery Roulet. Geneva nights will debut in early 2013.

That House on the Hill - A Novel (Coming in fall 2013)
For 40 years a family has been divided due to an on-going feud. When the family's patriarch dies in Chicago, the surviving relatives gather to settle the estate and also return him to his final resting place within the family crypt in Eastern France. A lost diary and a tree located in a small town hold the keys as to why the feud occurred in the first place. Danielle Deschamps is a young African-American woman who is married to one of the French-American sons. Due to her own complicated history, family means everything to her and thus, finds it difficult to understand how other families can remain estranged for so long. As for the Deschamps' predicament, Danielle simply calls it as she sees it and at times, makes the in-laws around her quite uncomfortable. However, it is Danielle's outspoken nature and keen and truthful observations that propel the family forward so the feud can end and healing can occur.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Jackson VINE VOICE on September 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Love, trust, commitment, respect and responsibility are elements of a good relationship. When one or more of these elements are missing, it disturbs the natural flow of a relationship, and decisions will need to be made. In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover: A Novella and Other Short Stories, Carolyn Moncel tells the poignant tales of love, loss, heartbreak and saying goodbye.

The novella, which consists of three stories, explores how infidelity not only affects the wife and the husband, but the mistress. Ellen Roulet has found proof that her husband, Julien, was not only cheating but is going to leave her. While they have not spoken to each other on this matter, Ellen is outraged and over a course of a couple hours allows her rage to overtake her emotions. During these same hours, Julien, who is away from home, debates with himself on where his heart lies. Kate, the mistress, has much at stake also, as the life of her son and unborn child need financial stability. This gracefully written novella takes you deep into the minds of the parties involved in this love triangle. The characters are all too human and fragile staying with you after you have finished reading. Each sentence is utterly necessary to the overall story and the not-so-perfect ending is reflective of real life.

In Maybe Just Leave, Steve, we see a couple who is splitting, and Cinnamon, the best friend of the husband, Steve, needs to decide where her loyalties lie, after all they have been together since before the marriage. This is a charming heart-warming tale told from Cinnamon's point-of-view.

Maybe in Death, Beth is heart-wrenching as Herman looks back over the years with Beth, and realizes while he was not always the perfect husband, he is thankful for Beth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on December 30, 2011
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Carolyn Moncel gives us three stories about love and marriage. As the title says, the stories are about the ways to leave a lover. The first and second stories are about infidelity. Moncel brings back two of her characters, Julien and Ellery, from Encounters in Paris, also a collection of shorts. After ten years of marriage, Julien has an affair and the reader is able to see into the minds of all involved: Julien, Ellery, and the mistress. The second story gives of the perspective of the husband's best friend, Cinnamon, and how her relationships and loyalties change when he betrays the sanctity of marriage. Finally, the last story, and most poignant, is about the death of a spouse.

Each of these stories is amazingly written and the characters very well developed. Moncel did a wonderful job of capturing my attention and allowing me to fully connect with the characters. I was angry and hurt alongside the wives who were betrayed by their husbands and I shed a tear alongside the husband grieving his wife's death.

For me, the main themes in Moncel's collection are respect and loyalty and the consequences of overstepping the boundaries of each. The collection is written with grace and much heart and I recommend it to anyone. I will definitely be reading more work from Moncel, especially Encounters in Paris to learn more about Ellery.

Jamee Pritchard, The Kindle Book Review
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alison on December 3, 2011
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This is the first book of Carolyn's that I have read and I was very happy. I have not read Encounters in Paris in which the first couple, Ellery and Julien, were introduced. I was still able to enjoy the story without reading the first book. These short stories give a glimpse into 3 very different relationships. Though the first 2 stories deal with infidelity, which can be depressing, I found myself truly feeling sorry for the characters. Carolyn did an excellent job of making me feel what they felt. She painted a very vivid picture which brought life to the tale. The characters were well developed and thought out. I got to know them fairly well in such a short story. Over all I really enjoyed these short stories and would recommended them to anyone. I big thanks to Carolyn for giving me the opportunity to read her book. I look forward to reading her other works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on November 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book contains 3 terrific novellas. The first one concerns Ellery and her husband. Ellery feels betrayed-as she should-by her husband and decides to take revenge. The author infuses her words with humor so as to lessen the damage Ellery inflicts upon her husband's possessions. The way Ellery restrains herself beyond the initial blow-up was inspiring, she was a truly likable and good character. Her character may be flawed, but that makes is so much easier for the readers to connect to her. This is the first novella and will leave the reader with an intense desire to read the next novellas.

The second novella concerns friendship as well as "how to leave a lover." Cinnamon will draw the reader in and will come off as naturally a warm and kind person. This is the sweetest novella of the bunch. The third novella is much sadder than the first two. What happens when your soul mate dies? The author does not attempt to answer this question, but does a beautiful job of detailing one man's grief in taking care of his dying wife and the "what happens after" portion. Overall, the three novellas were well-written and intriguing, recommended to adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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