I received this review (below) for Angel Avenue today and it blew me away. I don’t really know why to be honest… well I do… and I don’t. I love writing. I love storytelling. Most of all, I love it when someone says they got something from my words. I enjoyed writing this book more than any other. That alone in itself is so much a blessing. To love what you do is a precious, rare gift. To truly love it, heavenly. The outstanding reason why I enjoyed writing this book more than any other – I didn’t put any expectation on myself or any stress. I did what comes naturally – what all writers should strive for – just write what is real. What feels pertinent or particular to your experience at a certain juncture in your life.
I leave you with this quote… and the review obviously…“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.’ So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there.” – Ernest Hemingway
Riveting, modern-day romance
When I read the beginning lines, it seemed the stage was set up for a working girl on the prowl, yet the interesting twist at the very beginning made me stick around. The emotional development of the two main characters, Jules and Warrick, was beyond great. It was expertly placed, pleasingly methodical. Both characters had their sets of challenges, and the author goes above and beyond to paint out the progress as they both go beyond the pain in order to achieve happiness.
These characters were universally engaging and it’s one of the many things I appreciated about this work. I saw so much of myself in Jules: a few scenes made tears well in my eyes because her agony was so sharp and so vivid. Although I have never adapted her technique to fill the void for companionship, I can wholly empathize with being drawn to someone’s admiration of me when my self-esteem has been dragged through the mud by others who were supposed to consider me sacred.
Warwick wants to be Jules’ hero. He doesn’t want to see her suffering, yet he doesn’t want her to know about his own kryptonite. It is this very defense mechanism and Jules’ own inhibitions based on past experiences that causes bumps along the way.
In addition to the pacing of conflict, character engagement, and passion throbbing throughout the story, descriptions of locations were suffused in such a way that you felt as if you were actually there-sipping beer at the pub, going sightseeing, or volunteering at the different locations.
If you want romantic scenes with the right mixture of spontaneity, tenderness, primal urge, and sensuality–
If you want a modern day tale of the challenges that can occur when two people are trying to find true love–
If you want a read that puts your spirit as well as your mind at each and every scene–
Then you must NOT hesitate in getting Angel Avenue by Sarah Michelle Lynch. This is a must win: all across the board. This has the makings of a modern day romantic classic. (EXTENDED REVIEW HERE)
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