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Deconstructing INFATUATION Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"This book is very well-crafted with interesting, likable characters in what I fear are all-too-true-to-life situations. It is emotionally compelling and distancing both at once, which takes skill, and is concise and to the point which is harder still. High marks for an intelligent, concise and well-written work." -Penny Freeman.
About the Author
Merce Cardus is the author of two novels, I say Who, What, and Where! and Deconstructing Infatuation, and the nonfiction I Wonder. Her novels are inspirational, thought-provoking, and witty, whose themes reflect and explore the great questions of Life, constantly searching for Truth.
To learn more, visit her at mercecardus.com
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Top customer reviews
Thanks to her handsome and mysterious new room-mate, Tiziano, Helen realizes that life has multiple ways to be, there's no place for scheduling, and love is more than a mate you could see time by time.
If you read this book you find, laughs, surprise, reflection, and a new way to see what love could be.
A delicious story that makes you envy Helen a little...
When you start to read it you can't stop until you finish it!
Thanks so much for this book, I truly enjoyed it !
Thanks Merce for this book that I'm sure will inspire people to follow their feelings.
Just waiting for your third book. Please!
Well written in like an inner voice in the main character , thought provoking and worth a read.
Helen is a down-to-earth book editor working for a New York literary agency. She lives her routine and quiet life doing her job and seeing her sometimes-present boyfriend Mark until Tiziano disrupts her life by subletting her roommate Marleen's bedroom during her absence.
Cardus is a good writer; she handles the relationship between Helen and Tiziano with some skill. The plot has some issues. The relationship between Helen and Tiziano seems to develop almost overnight with little build-up. The boyfriend Mark never really makes an appearance. His actual presence in the story would have made for a much richer romance. It's easier to accept deception against someone not present.
I liked both Helen and Tiziano, but I might have found them more endearing if I had a clearer picture of their motivations. Helen is the stronger of the two characters and there's more detail regarding her life. Tiziano could be any man. Cardus barely fleshes out his character. What does he do for a living? What's his life like back in Florence? He doesn't appear to be an athlete, but he's come all the way from Florence to see the New York Marathon. Why? These and other questions made it hard for me to love Deconstructing Infatuation. Still, I think the book rates 3 stars for the skill of the author.
Reviewed by Creative Ink Romance Reviews (ci-romancereviews.com)
The story itself was very interesting and entertaining. Helen seems like a simple down-to-earth girl, content with what is going on in her life... A mediocre, and not very deep relationship with a boyfriend that travels too much, and she barely sees. She shares an apartment with her friend Marleen. When Marleen has to leave for a month, they decide to sublet Marleen's room to Tiziano, who appears to be a dashing Italian cultured type of man. They both clash at first, then suddenly their relationship changes to the romantic, and an affair begins.
So... sure, the story is interesting.... and entertaining... but I had a real issue with how it was delivered.
The best way to describe it is... it felt awkward. The conversations were awkwardly written. The dialogue didn't feel natural, and at times rushed. It was short novel, and I am taking it into account... but it felt superficial, and it didn't come across with the deep emotional chaos that would result from this triangle.
I understood the message behind this story. I can even say that I truly did enjoy the storyline itself. But this book needs a good edit to iron out the wrinkles.
So I really did struggle with the rating, just as I am struggling with the review. I pondered, and pondered...
And I would have to say that, for me, it was just ok.
*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: June 1, 2012