by Carolyn Moncel
In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover, author Carolyn Moncel offers up a fresh batch of stories based on love and loss. As singer/songwriter, Paul Simon so eloquently suggested in a famous song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover. However, Moncel's characters demonstrate that the reasons for leaving in the first place are quite finite. Encounters in Paris` Ellery and Julien Roulet return, picking up their lives where the short story, "Pandora`s Box Revisited," ends. This time the Roulets are involved in a love triangle, and along with two other couples, must explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death. This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessary; while others are voluntary; and still others are simply destined and beyond anyone's control.
Relationships are hard, there's no doubt about that. They break up for a a variety of different reasons. 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover takes a glimpse into five relationships, on the verge of the end. The stories are very well written and thought provoking.
I was touched by different aspects of each and every story. If you have ever experienced the end of a relationship, it is impossible not to relate to the range of emotion that the characters grapple with while coming to grips with reality.
Carolyn Moncel explores the goodness of each relationship, while exposing the signs and symptoms of erosion. Once I began to read, there was no way I could stop. I had to see what was going to happen, especially in the novella. My heart broke for Ellery, the main character, at the same time I was found myself holding on to a thread of hope that the relationship was salvageable. Did they stay together? Well you'll have to read it for yourself!
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I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The views expressed are my own.
Carolyn Moncel is giving away an e-book copy of 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover to two lucky readers!