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Top Customer Reviews
Therapeutic and touching, this story weaves you through tough emotions, gripping realizations and fills you with a need to ponder your own life situation. Ariel has a big heart but has lost sight of the positive. Her journey through negativity is inspiring and grasps at your heart strings. A self-help turned fiction, for anyone interested in helping themselves out of rock bottom while rooting for a lifelike heroine; someone worth the time it takes to relate to.
Stephanie M Nason
I also like that the romance is the secondary plot, with the primary plot being Ariel turning her life around. There is a bit of mysterious element to Ariel which I enjoyed. Ariel, the title character, broke up with her boyfriend and is struggling financially. With the help of the Muse Agency, she is on a path of self discovery and the ability to love again. But what is the Muse Agency? Why are they so secretive? How do they know so much?
So if you are looking for a fun beach read, give Ariel a shot.
Anyone who's ever felt stuck in a rut, consumed with regret, or just plain lost, will find the character of Ariel relatable. Recently single, forced to downsize and losing touch with her friends, Ariel receives a helping hand from the mysterious Muse Agency. The advice from her mentor Celine helps guide Ariel out of her malaise, set realistic and sustainable goals and take control of her life again.
The characters in the novel are memorable, well-rounded and meticulously detailed, particularly those of Ariel's dysfunctional family, who remind me of The Royal Tenenbaums. The narrative is very descriptive and frequently amusing, I didn't mind taking the time to get to know Ariel as other reviewers have decried.
Initially I was as confused as other reviewers by The Muse Agency, their ethereal quality suggested to me they might be a psychological construct in Ariel's head. They turn out to be very real, but perhaps like most secretive organisations in literature their existence is more symbolic than literal. Whilst the advice they give Ariel is generally sound, some of the karmic outcomes are, at times, a little hard to swallow.
Ariel is an enjoyable read, easy to pick up and dip into in short bursts as and when the mood strikes. It will no doubt give some the proverbial kick up the backside to stop moping and start making changes, for the rest of us it's a charming tale of one woman's search for herself...Read more ›
Many of us I believe we’re living in a relatively idyllic life, that is until some “catastrophic” event occurs which upsets it. Such is the case with Ariel who suddenly gets dumped by her long term boyfriend; an event which many women can easily relate to.
Getting the rug pulled from under her, Ariel, like any other woman begins to wonder what as she done to precipitate this as there had ever been a sign of anything being wrong. She reaches rock bottom as everything around her begins to deteriorate; her living environs is now shambles, her finances are now askew; and her being in a dead end job doesn’t help matters.
Being a child of the 1950’s I’ve seen numerous cult-like groups continuously looking for individuals who have experienced some major setback in their lives to psychologically persuade them to join. The mysterious and secretive nature of the Muse Agency made me wonder whether any cult element existed there.
This is a wonderfully constructed story of a woman’s self-discovery, elements of which can be easily shared by other women as it tugs at their heartstrings and might do the say with you.
For pulling on my own heartstrings with the right amount of emotions and romance I’m giving Ms. Essen 5 STARS for her endeavor here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I threw myself into this novel, finally, after wanting to read it for quite a while. With so many reviews hinting that this novel was a fresh take on contemporary romance, I wanted... Read morePublished 6 months ago by GC MacQuarie
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this novel without the expectation of a review. However, I have chosen to review the novel, because of how much I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kate M. Colby
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the story of the main character gradually built up. I enjoyed the relationships Ariel had with her family members. Read morePublished 8 months ago by karen miller
Ariel is a story of how a woman comes to terms with losing it all including herself. Ariel thought she had it all, a handsome boyfriend, Duncan, a penthouse apartment and a good... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jjspina
I was first attracted to this book by the cover which, to me, suggested many possibilities. When I read a bit of the synopsis, I knew this was a good read as I'm sick and tired of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathleen
Ariel, by Fia Essen, tells the story of Ariel Morton, an ex-pat living in Singapore. She's been living in Rock Bottomville after being left by her boyfriend, losing her job and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Underground Book Reviews
Reviewed by A. Anthony
The right to a happy life—one with a dream job and house, loyal friends, and a significant other with which to... Read more
Ariel Morton has hit rock bottom. Or, is it just her attitude that has? Well, she’s recently lost her dream job, lost her driver license, gotten dumped by the love of her life (who... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sarah Wathen
I thought Ariel was a thought provoking look at human weakness and the corners we all tend to back ourselves into. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. J. Anaya Author of The Healer Series