- File Size: 3565 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (November 11, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NJVPNIQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love, in Spanish: (A Love, in English sequel) Kindle Edition
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Before I plunge into my review, let me just say that I want to take a hard copy of LiS, grind it into powder, pour it into a spice jar, and slap a "Mateo" label on it. Eggs tasting a little bland, sprinkle a little Mateo on them, having a bad hair day, sprinkle a little Mateo on your head; not feeling so fresh down there, sprinkle some of that Mateo powder on the cooch. MATEO MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER! I think that the author should contact me so that we can get a plan in action. If you see a 3 a.m. As-Seen-On-TV infomercial for Mateo powder, you can thank me for improving your life. Okay, okay, let's talk about the story.
***Warning: Possible Spoilers Below***
Love, in Spanish (LiS) picks up where Love, in English (LiE) ended, but this time the story is told from Mateo's POV. The story is NOT a rehash of the first book; it's a continuation of Mateo's and Vera's life after their scandalous affair. This book is as important IF not more important than LiE, because it tells the story of the aftermath left once news of Mateo and Vera's affair goes public, and Mateo leaves his wife and home to be with Vera . This story is so remarkable and powerful because it shows that love, sometimes it's downright ugly, and just because two people love with all their heart and soul, even that isn't always enough to sustain the relationship. Love, in Spanish gives a big dose of reality; it brings to light what often occurs when a person leaves one commitment/marriage to be with the one who brings him to life, who breathes air into his soul. Before Vera, Mateo was the man who had everything and nothing at the same time; and now Mateo is the man who has nearly nothing and everything at the same time. Vera made Mateo realize that he was living the wrong life. However, just because Mateo makes the huge decision to choose Vera over his lifeless marriage in LiE, that doesn't mean that the worst is over and that they get to live happily ever after.
Mateo choosing to be Vera is like an earthquake, and just like a real earthquake, sometimes the most damage is not brought on the quake itself, but by the aftershocks or a tsunami. Have you ever wondered about a real-life affair that was so powerful that it caused the demise of another committed relationship, yet the couple fell apart afterwards? LiS shows us that the hardest part of a forbidden affair isn't the decision to leave significant others so that the two people can be together; it's living that life afterwards that's the toughest.
Mateo soon learns that his affair wronged not only his wife, but every wife in in their social circle, school, and city, and none of them are going to allow neither him nor Vera to forget that pain and humiliation. Mateo also discovers that when he divorced his wife, he ended up divorcing his friends and supporters. He planned on losing his house and wife, but he didn't plan on losing a majority of parental rights and decisions, friendships, loyalty, respect from others, his image, admiration from his countrymen, and social status; his wife got custody of all that and more from the divorce. This is why so many affairs end; people don't foresee all the other losses. Mateo does gain a few things, but nothing like he anticipated; he inherits ruthless media, negative publicity that plays out his private life in the tabloids, scorn from the other parents, disrespect from former friends, a big pile of guilt, insecurities and doubts. In addition to all the losses, Mateo recognizes not only the age gap, but the language barrier and cultural difference between him and Vera. Mateo prefers swilling scotch in his apartment, whereas Vera enjoys getting drunk and dancing all night. Mateo is a man of traditions, Vera is very much a free spirit; Mateo is rooted, while Vera is the star in the sky. But like Mateo said, "You don't keep your eyes on the ground once you've seen the beauty of the stars."
At times I found myself irritated with Vera, some of her behavior brought embarrassment to Mateo, as well as hardship. Then I remember that Vera is only 23 y.o., and also a free-thinking, inked-up, non-conformist, who is living in a foreign country where she is vilified, and not only does she not have any family connections, but she doesn't even speak the language and could be deported any day from the man that she loves. How the hell do I expect her to behave?
My heart ached for this couple, how long should they have to carry around that big bag of guilt and shame, and how long should two people be punished for falling in love? They deserve family and friends who love them, instead of choosing to judge them. Never has that old adage, "Nothing worth having comes easy", been truer than with Mateo and Vera.