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5 Reasons to Leave a Lover: A Novella and Other Short Stories Paperback – May 1, 2011
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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..." --ReadersFavorite.com
"...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 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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Maybe Just Leave, Steve is a short story about infidelity more or less seen through the eyes of a dog. Well, Cinnamon was Steve's dog but for what ever reason he leaves her with Leah as he moves out of their apartment. The thing is Steve inherited Cinnamon from an ex-girlfriend when she moved out. Do you see a pattern here? It is a unique perspective. Dogs are always loyal to their caregivers.
The last short story Maybe in Death, Beth is a poignant story of an elderly couple where the ending of their relationship was not infidelity but a parting just the same. It was a heart-wrenching story where Herman reflects on his life with his late wife. I could totally relate with Herman and I worried about his future.
In essence these stories are character studies and Ms. Moncel has added a short interview at the end of this book along with questions for book clubs to consider.
Apparently some of these characters are included in other stories Ms. Moncel has written. I cannot say whether I would have been able to relate more with these characters or not if I had had prior knowledge of them before I read this novella. I found a small number of proofing errors which consisted of missing or extra letters that changed intended words and missing beginning or ending quotation marks. All small errors that added up enough to mention here.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** June 11, 2013
While there are many fiction books that touch on the subject of infidelity, author Carolyn Moncel writes this story as an emotional tale that the reader can identify with. Unlike other books, Moncel shows that the man can feel inadequate and simply want to feel needed in a relationship and that it is not always sex that leads them astray. 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover also shows the emotions that the other woman might experience once they find out that they are the "other woman."
This collection of short stories was a quick read as each one was intriguing in its own way. I highly recommend this collection to everyone.
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.
While the writing is emotionally engaging, the author's real strength is in her character development, giving each character a unique personality that transcends across all cultures.
I recommend this book to women readers who enjoy stories of the heart and relationships.
This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
Reviewed by Beverly
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