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About the Author
- File Size : 1072 KB
- Print Length : 406 pages
- Publication Date : March 29, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00GCWNOQM
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,793,119 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jokes aside, I am sure there are plenty of women out there who can relate to the mundane existence of worker drone...but what if a few daring options were placed on the table?
Option one...open yourself up to the amorous advances of a younger man? A little more socially accepted these days, what the heck! Have a little fun.No problems...and Valerie embraces it whole-heartedly.
Franco is young, intelligent, ambitious and gorgeous. What more could Valerie want? Life is great! Her sex life is back in swing and Franco is fulfilling her every need...physically, mentally and emotionally. So what could possibly go wrong?
To start with, Valerie's new boss...sexual harassment is her forte and she has Valerie in her sights. Then Franco's luck start spiraling down a big hole. His funding at the university dries up and then he has the FBI breathing down his neck about stolen artifacts.
So what to do? What would make this all go away? Neither Valerie or Franco deserve the treatment being dished out to them, but there doesn't seem to be any escape...until together they hatch a plan to run away to Peru...start a new life...Franco can continue his archaeological studies focusing on the Incas...and Valerie can follow her life long dream of opening her own marina.
The question is at what cost? Can they afford to run away? Financially there is an answer but is Valerie prepared to risk it? Can Valerie sacrifice it all for the man she loves? And is Peru the answer?
A story about the obstacles of love and what lengths people will take to have that love...whether it is theirs to take or not. An easy read, with characters that relatable and fun. While some of the topics are serious, the story will have you laughing and some of the tongue in cheek humour Mr Rinaldo places through out the story.
A book worth reading, and escape into the world of a modern day Bonnie and Clyde...all the way to Peru!
The workings of a bank were well researched; I'm not sure if the author is an insider (jokes and puns aside :) or whether this came purely from his imagination. Nevertheless, believable in its execution and build-up of the story. And also not too complicated to understand which I think suited this light book well.
For anyone who has ever had any dealings with a country where money and connections can provide for you and where the law with maybe no apply to certain people of power will fully understand what is happening to Valerie and Franco when they leave the country. Having had plenty of dealings in SE Asia, I had to smile ever so often while I recognised who powerful people behave, and especially so with Western world foreigners.
All in all, this is a feel-good story of two people who have been wronged and are planning the perfect heist. Will they get away with it?
If you have switched on your television anytime in your lifetime or ever picked up a magazine while waiting at the doctor’s office or even picked up a book at the library where you went in to use the loo; you would have come across some form of fictional work and sometimes even non fictional work which can give its fictional cousins a run for its money discussing the latest crime or a glorification of a criminal event. Television ratings and internet forums of everything cultural all say that there has always existed a keen interest in horrors of crime, and action between criminals & police. Some of the most highly rated television shows and books deal with detailed & exaggerated violence. Psychologists claim that it is human nature for a person to be fascinated and intrigued by the "wrongs of society." Whether those wrongs are death, cruel and unusual punishment, or crime, they all attract seem to attract large audiences.
In author Joseph M Rinaldo’s latest novel, ‘Valerie’s Retreat’, Valerie is a middle-aged woman, leading an average life as a head teller at a bank who finally finds her soul-mate, Franco. But this sudden romance comes to a grinding halt the day Valerie’s boss starts harassing her and Franco is accused of stealing a rare artifice by the FBI. Strange circumstances have them on the run from everything back home. They then land up in Peru to live out the rest of their lives happily; well more or less.
Joseph it seems probably had a film representation of his story in mind when he wrote this book, because the more you read it, the more vibe you get that you are reading a movie script. The action takes place mostly in dialogues between the characters and they move in and out of scenes in short and precise movements not usually found in novels. But this is necessarily not a bad thing as it is still a very engaging read and has some very relatable characters in it. One must also appreciate the author for taking what must have been extremely time consuming research into building the background for the professions shown in the book, be it both about banking or about archaeology.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a casual read, which is a part thriller and part romance novel.