Blog Tour: Guest post by Brian Sweany

I am to happy to introduce you to Brian Sweany, the author of the new book „Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer”. He has a great story to share with you all. Read here my review. Enjoy!

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The Day I Got to Hang Out with Alice Walker
Writing is not my day job. Since 1999, I’ve worked for audiobook publisher Recorded Books, first as a library sales rep, and starting in 2000 as Director of Acquisitions, a position I continue to hold today. When books are sold, agents or publishers parse out various rights: hardcover rights, paperback rights, foreign rights, movie rights, serial rights, and audio rights. That last one is where I come in. I review probably fifteen to twenty manuscripts a week, decide whether they’re audio-friendly, then make an offer on the audio rights or decline accordingly. In essence, I get paid to read books. I’m not saving the world any time soon, but short of being a full-time writer, it’s as close to the perfect job as I will ever have.  Along the way, I’ve met some interesting characters.
The first author I remember meeting face-to-face was Jonathan Franzen. He was in the Recorded Books studios in New York to do an author interview, and he was so intelligent and earnest I thought each word that came out of his mouth made me that much smarter for having heard it. I had a champagne toast with Alice Sebold and her husband Glen David Gold to celebrate her yet-to-be-published debut novel THE LOVELY BONES. I got stuck on an escalator at a Los Angeles book convention behind Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss and watched as Tom proceeded to lick the side of Heidi’s face. I had breakfast with Richard Dreyfuss, who proceeded to recount the time he and Billy Zane discovered a Colorado museum dedicated to bison that also happened to own an authentic Shakespeare folio. I met Gene Simmons from KISS, and he autographed a lunch box for me. But my high water mark had to be the day I got to hang out with Alice Walker.
When I was promoted into the acquisitions department at Recorded Books, I made my own personal “honey do” list of classic evergreen titles I couldn’t find in audio. One of these titles was Alice Walker’s seminal classic, THE COLOR PURPLE. I called her agent, the late Wendy Weil, who I would come to regard as one of my most cherished mentors in all of publishing. Wendy was straight with me about the audio rights. She told me plenty of interested parties had come knocking on her door over the years, that Alice Walker very much wanted to see THE COLOR PURPLE produced in audio, but that it was under the condition that only Alice get to narrate the book, and that presently Alice simply didn’t have the time to do so, and that I was to check back later. 
I called Wendy once a month asking for the rights…for nine years.
Long story short, in 2009 Recorded Books consummated a deal for the audio rights to THE COLOR PURPLE, with Alice Walker as our narrator. In recognition of that production, we invited Ms. Walker to be our special guest at a librarian dinner for the March 2010 PLA Conference in Portland, Oregon.
Now, these events aren’t unusual for Recorded Books. Previous author events at the big national shows—PLA, ALA and BEA—had included the award-winning memoirist Alexandra Fuller, beloved mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith and blockbuster best-selling author Jodi Picoult. Normally, all the logistics—the car to and from the airport, the hotel, the meals, etc.—would be handled by one of my assistants, or perhaps the library sales director, or even a local rep familiar with the area. But not this time. When Alice Walker got off that plane at Portland International Airport, I was the one who was going to meet her, and nobody else. 
I had this preconceived image of Alice Walker as a sort of Nubian queen based largely on just the photos of her circulating on the Internet. She was usually at a podium, no doubt saying something profound, her hair in dreads, sometimes wearing reading glasses, with a knowing smile. As she approached me in the airport, she didn’t disappoint. Her dreads were gone, replaced by a short salt-and-pepper swirl of tight curls, but those high golden cheek bones and piercing eyes were still unmistakable. I introduced myself. She leaned in and shook my hand. Her greeting was courteous and cautious, what I expected from an intellectual.
I picked Alice up at the airport a little before noon on Saturday, but our event wasn’t scheduled until 7 PM that night. In between those times, Alice and I spent roughly four hours sightseeing in Portland before I dropped her off at her hotel. We had lunch, a couple sandwiches I don’t even remember eating because I was so smitten. We talked about a lot of things, things out of respect to Ms. Walker I prefer to keep between us. I’ll say only that she’s as beautiful, as wise and as intense as you think she is. I know I struck Alice as a bit of an oddity. There I was, this clean-cut white boy from Indiana, who called himself a social progressive, a liberal, and at least as much as he could claim to be, a feminist. Truthfully, she asked most of the questions, as if I was a figment of her imagination. 
The time finally came for the event. Our library director was emcee for the night. He took the stage, saying a few words to a crowd of roughly 200 librarians, then he ceded the floor to Alice. She told the story she had probably told a thousand times about how she came to be a writer and an activist. We hung on her every word: mesmerized, entranced, whatever you want to call it. There are just people who are that impressive, who transcend the moment. Several times that day, I found myself trying to slow things down and step outside myself, just so I could take a mental snapshot. Alice progressed into the story of THE COLOR PURPLE itself: the book, the movie, and then the Broadway musical. She talked about the time Quincy Jones and Steven Spielberg showed up at her house “in a limousine longer than my driveway.”  She talked about Oprah. Alice weaved one anecdote into another. None of us wanted the night to end, but it looked like it was going to. “After the Broadway show,” Alice said, “I thought the story of THE COLOR PURPLE was over.” 
And that’s when it happened.  That’s when Alice Walker looked down from the stage at this clean-cut white boy from Indiana and said, “But then there was Brian.” 
She told the story about me calling her agent every month for nine years. She talked about the audio production and about how she fought through some laryngitis. She even talked a little bit about our day in Portland. She ended her story by giving me a personal standing ovation. After Alice finished and graciously posed with librarians for a few pictures, a handful insisted that they get their pictures taken with both Alice and me. It was humbling. It was surreal. It was whatever superlative you could possibly imagine.
I’d like to say there was a poignant goodbye, but life can’t be that poetic all the time. Alice was on an early flight out the next morning and wanted to get to bed early. I still had some glad-handing to do with librarians, not to mention at least an hour of power drinking in the hopes of somehow bringing me down off my euphoric high. Alice said goodnight to me just outside the banquet hall before going to her room. She leaned in, kissed me on the cheek, and we hugged. Her goodbye was sweet and tender, what I expected from a friend.
I had come into that weekend in Portland fairly depressed. A closet writer, I had a manuscript that had been on submission to publishing houses for three years. I had got a few nibbles and been to a couple ed board meetings, but the rejections were starting to pile up, and I was teetering on hopelessness. Alice Walker changed all that.Maybe I’d get published someday, but maybe I wouldn’t. So what? All Ineeded to do was be a better person, to appreciate everyone and everything around me—to“walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and notice it”—and the rest would take care of itself.

About Brian Sweany: 
Since 2000, Brian Sweany has been the Director of Acquisitions for Recorded Books, the world’s largest publisher of unabridged audiobooks. Prior to that he edited cookbooks and computer manuals and claims to have saved a major pharmaceutical company from being crippled by the Y2K bug. Brian has a BS in English from Eastern Michigan University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1995. He’s a retired semi-professional student, with stopovers at Wabash College—the all-male school that reputedly fired Ezra Pound from its faculty for having sex with a prostitute, Marian University—the former all-female school founded by Franciscan nuns that, if you don’t count Brian’s expulsion, has fired no one of consequence and is relatively prostitute-free, and Indiana University via a high school honors course he has no recollection of ever attending.

Brian has spent most of his life in the Midwest and now lives near Indianapolis with his wife, three children, and a neurotic Husky/Border mix named Hank. He’s currently working on his next project, Making Out with Blowfish, which is the sequel to Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer and the second book in a planned trilogy. For future details, check out the author’s website at : www.briansweany.com

Blog Tour: Review: Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer by Brian Sweany

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Hank Fitzpatrick’s life is what you might expect from a man-child stumbling his way through and beyond adolescence in the late 1980s in small town Indiana: hypersexual, drunk, stoned, prone to fits of spontaneous masturbation, occasionally Catholic, and accidentally well-intentioned. His life is in perpetual conflict as he confuses sex for love, heartache for passion, desperation for honesty, and abuse for affection.
Caught in the crossfire of raging hormones, bad decisions and family tragedy, Hank is just a boy not yet ready to be a man. And like many boys growing up, Hank is desperate to impress his father. The impossibly perfect patriarch of the family, John Fitzpatrick decides at age forty-two he wants to have a vasectomy reversal. Is Hank ready to be a brother again at age seventeen? What about his mother’s narcotics and gimlet-soaked uterus? A child will come of this, but not without consequences.
Laura is Hank’s first true love. From their stolen nights together as high-school sweethearts to their final encounter as twentysomething adults, they never figure out how to stop hurting one another. Beth, the girl who loves Hank unconditionally, can only wait for so long before longing turns to regret. But everything will be okay as long as Hank’s best friend Hatch is there to help him exorcise his demons with a half-gallon of bourbon and a bottle of cough syrup.
Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer is more than just a tribute to the last uninhibited pre-9/11, pre-Facebook generation. It’s a comedy. It’s a tragedy. It’s a love story. It’s a subversive yet empathetic, warts-and-all portrait rooted in real-life that kids will read behind their parents’ backs. And if somewhere along the way we can all share in the redemptive power of a belly dancer’s love…well, that’s okay, too.

My rate: 


I liked it very much!


My review:


I wasn’t expecting much to happen when I started this book. After reading the description I thought it wasn’t my type, but I give it a try and I don’t regret it. Hank Fitzpatrick is a troubled kid who had a tough childhood, so he manages to get through that by throwing a tantrum at everybody. Since he was five he has been molested by his godfather Mitch, (who happened to be his father’s best friend), but he doesn’t let anyone know. At first I was annoyed with Hank, because he was so out of place, so rude with his parents and he was acting like a wild teenager. So not my crowd… but he grew on me bit by bit.   

I was excited to learn more about late 80’s, the period when my parents were also young and restless, so I could imagine them better. I’m sure they weren’t as rebel as Hank, because they had to support themselves and go to school, but I want to believe they had fun and enjoyed their youth at the same time.
    
Brian Sweany did a good job in the way he created the story, he understood very well his main character and we, as readers, were able connect with him after we found out his background and the reason of his behaving. My mood changed many times, I was sad and terrified of what was happening, I was angry, or full of hope. From my perspective “Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer” has it all: action, drama and romance.  
I was happy to see Hank becoming a man, a grown-up who is capable of taking care of himself and able to decide what he really want from his life. He is now ready to take responsibility of his past actions and to handle them well. It is true he has done a lot of mistakes, but it was the only way he could evolve into a great person like his father John. His death was an important factor for him to become stronger, we can call it a necessary evil, but I was hurt when it happened. Then I saw that I made a connection with these characters, more than I was expecting. 
I cherished Laura and Hank’s relationship, the kind we all had into our lives at some time, the one that brought us happiness, as well as hard times, but in the end my favorite was Beth, the girl who was always there when Hank needed someone close. And what can I say about Hatch – he is the perfect best friend we all wish to have. 
All in all, I really liked this book, it was a gulp of fresh air for me and a model of how the reality we all try to escape from can make a good story. 
I gave it only 4 butterflies out of 5, because I got lost a few times in the details of the sports, since I’m not familiar with USA’s teams.            


Quotes: 

I press my cheek against his. He’s still warm. I wrap my right arm around his head and run my fingers through his hair. I raise my left hand to his lips. “Hey Hank,” Dad said to me before I went back to school on Sunday night, “you think you’ll ever be too old to get a hug and kiss from your Dad?” I don’t even remember what I said. Did I let him hug me? Did I let him kiss me? Did I tell him I loved him? Why wasn’t I at least there on the other side of the phone to say, “Yes, Dad, I’d love to go to the Stanford game with you!”

“Where they taking Dad?”

“That’s his rocket ship to heaven.”

“Can we go?”

“Maybe someday.”

Jack smiles. “Cool!”


Some love can be idiotic, bumbling even, and still endure. But Laura and I lost the right to be stupid years ago. The saddest of human journeys is taken by shattered hearts dusting off old love. There is no eternal innocence for me and Laura to cling to. John Keats can take his Grecian urn and shove it straight up his ass. Truth is not beauty. Truth comes at the expense of beauty.

“You and the Tomster?”

“Be nice. Tom’s a good guy.”

“Once you get past the comb-over and the black spandex shorts you mean?”

“I said be nice.”

“Oh, I’ll admit Tom’s growing on me.”

“He is?”

“Like a fungus.”


Note: I received an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, as part of the blog tour.

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Spotlight – The Impaler’s Revenge by Ioana Vișan

Title: The Impaler’s Revenge (The Impaler Legacy #1)
Author: Ioana Visan
Format: ebook
Release date: April 14, 2013
Age group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

  Description:
In a world crawling with vampires, Romania is the safest place left on earth. Thanks to the Little Council, there hasn’t been a vampire on Romanian ground in over five centuries. But one day, Liana Cantacuzino, also a member of the Little Council and a descendant of one of the old noble families, is ordered to bring one in, covertly. Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand years old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things.
 

Suddenly, Liana finds herself forced to protect Hess, instead of having the pandurs kill him. With the help from her trustful friends, Rodica Ghica and Ştefan Sturdza, and that of an innocent bystander, Dr. Jesse Carver, Liana has to find out what is going on and what the President is hiding from her. When all is revealed, Hess’s secret changes everything.

The first novella in The Impaler Legacy series, a vampire saga like no other.

You can buy this book here:
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  About the Author:

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.

She made her debut in English with a short story published by Every Day Fiction, and also has one included in Evolved Publishing’s „Evolution: Vol. 2” short story collection. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in „Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler’s Revenge”, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. 

Keep in touch with the author:
 
Also from Ioana Vișan:
“Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks” – REVIEW HERE.
Next time:
Review for
The Impaler
’s Revenge and Interview with Ioana Vișan.
 
Happy reading. 
 

Plăcerea mea – filmul – Rookie Blue

  Cu ceva timp în urmă am descoperit serialul Rookie Blue, cunoscut la noi sub numele de Ofițeri începători (îl difuzau la un moment dat pe Diva), și m-am îndrăgostit de el de la primul episod. O fi de vină pasiunea mea pentru polițiști și justiție, dar cred că sunt și personajele de care nu mă pot dezlipi. Din câte mi-am dat seama singurică producția este de origine canadiană, din moment ce nu este foarte cunoscut (cu toate că este bunicel). Am terminat primele 3 sezoane relativ repede, mai ales că fiecare are doar 13 (în timp ce altele au în jur de 22) și abia aștept sezonul 4. Deci înseamnă că e ceva de capul lui dacă a rezistat până acum, nu?

  O să vă fac o mică prezentare, așa pe scurt cât să vă facă puțin curioși. Las la o parte intrigile și poveștile de dragoste dintre ei pentru a putea fi suprinși placut. Enjoy.

  Plot:
  Serialul are în prim-plan un grup de 5 tineri, proaspăt absolvenți ai academiei de poliție, care trebuie să se obișnuiască cu noua lor viață și noile obligații venite odată cu slujba.

Andy

  Andy McNally, interpretată de Missy Peregrym, este genul de persoană care dorește în primul rând să facă bine celui în nevoie, indiferent de metodele pe care trebuie să le folosească. Dacă la început ea respectă regulile cu strictețe și fără abatere, învață de la ofițerul său îndrumător Sam Swarek că este mult mai important să te încrezi în propriile instincte. Acest lucru o transformă într-unul dintre cei mai capabili polițiști ai Diviziei 15.

Traci

  Traci Nash este cea care îi ține pe ceilalți pe linia de plutire, deoarece este foarte responsabilă și practică. Este de asemenea mamă singură și se străduiește să facă o treabă cât mai bună. Enuka Okuma este actrița care o interpretează.

Dov

  Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith) este un tânăr dintr-o familie complicată, de aceea de cele mai multe ori intră în bucluc chiar dacă intențiile sale sunt bune. Toți superiorii lui sunt cu ochii pe el și încearcă să îl ajute să își atingă potențialul, pentru că are toate capacitățile necesare. 

Chris


  Toți sunt de părere că Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) este mult prea sufletist pentru a reuși în această meserie, dar le va dovedi tuturor că se înșală. Vrea să facă de fiecare dată lucrurile ca la carte și de aceea îi este greu să acționeze din proprie inițiativă. Totuși încercările zilnice îl vor pregăti cum se cuvine. El este cel mai bun prieten și colegul de cameră al lui Dov.

Gail

  Gail Peck provine dintr-o familie cu renume în poliție, lucru care nu o face foarte plăcută pentru colegii ei. E ceva normal când ei consideră că este tratată preferențial de șefii lor din această cauză, nu? Ea va încerca să iasă din acest tipar și să dovedească că își merită locul.  

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O seară frumoasă.

Recenzie ”I was Jane Austen’s best friend” de Cora Harrison

  Vreau în primul rând să mulțumesc frumos librăriei online Libris pentru această carte pe care mi-am dorit de foarte mult timp să o citesc. Nu uitați că această librărie vă oferă atât cărți în română, cât și în engleză. Din punctul meu de vedere meritat așteptarea. Enjoy!

Synopsis (Goodreads):
When shy Jenny Cooper goes to stay with her cousin Jane Austen, she knows nothing of the world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip, and romance that Jane inhabits. At fifteen, Jane is already a sharp observer of the customs of courtship. So when Jenny falls utterly in love with Captain Thomas Williams, who better than Jane to help her win the heart of this dashing man?

But is that even possible? After all, Jenny’s been harboring a most desperate secret. Should it become known, it would bring scandal not only to her, but also to the wonderful Austen family. What’s a poor orphan girl to do?

In this delicious dance between truth and fiction, Cora Harrison has crafted Jenny’s secret diary by reading everything Jane Austen wrote as a child and an adult, and by researching biographies, critical studies, and family letters. Jenny’s diary makes the past spring vividly to life and provides insight into the entire Austen family—especially the beloved Jane.

Părerea mea: 
  Indiferent cât de mult aș citi despre Jane Austen și creațiile sale nu mă pot plictisi, deoarece pentru mine se deschide o lume minunată, nouă și plină de farmec în care orice este posibil.  După cum ne-am obișnuit, vom lua parte la o poveste de dragoste încântătoare și un final pe cinste care ne face ziua cu mult mai bună. 

  De data aceasta este rândul lui Jenny Cooper să fie protagonista pentru a avea parte de o dragoste ca-n povești, cum a sfătuit-o chiar Jane Austen: 

”Jane said that if I am to be the heroine of this story, something will throw a hero in my way.”   

  Cartea este structurată sub forma unui jurnal, într-o manieră cât se poate de personală, folosind din când în când și câteva schițe pentru ajutorul cititorului, desenatul fiind unul dintre talentele naratoarei. Veți găsi aici și portretele membrilor familiei Austen, precum și obiecte personale ce au aparținut acestora. Mie una mi s-au părut fascinante.
 
  Jenny Cooper, verișoara lui Jane, este o tânără simplă ce ia contact cu societatea pentru prima dată când vine să locuiască cu familia Austen. După un eveniment înfiorător petrecut la un internat de fete în care Jane se îmbolnăvește extrem de rău, Jenny se simte obligată să o cheme pe mătușa sa, deoarece se teme că aceasta ar putea muri. Plecând spre poștă pe timpul nopții, în ciuda avertismentelor primite, fata trece printr-o sperietură cumplită pe stradă când îl întâlnește pe capitanul Thomas Williams, care, dacă ar spune cuiva că a văzut-o singură la ora aceea, i-ar distruge reputația și viitorul. Apoi lucrurile iau o întorsătură neașteptată când cele două tinere se așteaptă mai puțin. Va fi secretul lui Jenny descoperit? Citiți și veți afla.

  Ce minunat a fost să descopăr familia Austen, părinții care seamănă atât de bine cu domnul și doamna Bennett din „Mândrie și prejudecată”, cei șase frați ai lui Jane (da, 6 – ultimul este bolnav și este crescut departe de familie), precum și pe sora sa Cassandra, îndrăgostită de un tânăr care nu este pe placul mamei sale. Cora Harrison a făcut o treabă foarte bună cu documentarea și a reușit să asemene pe cât posibil stilul scrierii ei cu cel al lui Jane Austen. A fost o plăcere să fac cunoștință cu fiecare personaj în parte, cu gândul mereu la faptul că majoritatea au existat cu adevărat. Jane este foarte inteligentă, rațională, dar extrem de jucăușă, ea este confidenta și prietena lui Jenny pe care o ajută să se dezvolte în ciuda timidității și a temerilor sale. Ea este desigur preferata mea, modelul perfect al unei fete ce va deveni o femeie independentă și capabilă să își poarte de grijă fără ajutorul vreunui bărbat, exact cum îmi doresc să fiu și eu într-o bună zi.

  Dacă v-au plăcut operele scrise de Jane Austen și aveți ocazia să o citiți și pe aceasta, nu o ocoliți pentru că sunt sigură că vă va fi pe plac. V-o recomand din suflet.
       
Citat:
”And we dance. I don’t know who is beside me, or who is opposite me when we cross over. I am conscious of only three things: a pair of brown eyes that are looking into mine, a hand that touches my waist as we walk down to the end of the line and a voice as smooth as chocolate in my ear.”

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Recenzie "Necunoscuta de la Wildfell Hall" de Anne Bronte

Synopsis (Goodreads): 
  Gilbert Markham este extrem de intrigat de Helen Graham, o văduvă tânără, frumoasă și discretă care s-a mutat aproape de Wildfell Hall cu fiul său mic. El îi oferă repede lui Helen prietenia lui, dar când comportamentul său retras devine subiectul bârfelor locale și speculațiilor, Gilbert începe să se întrebe dacă încrederea lui în ea s-a pierdut. Doar când ea îi permite să îi citească jurnalul adevărul iese la iveală, precum și detaliile șocante din trecutul ei. (traducere proprie)

Părerea mea:
  Am foarte multe cuvinte de laudă la adresa acestei cărți și mă bucur că am avut ocazia să o citesc. Îi mulțumesc mamei mele pentru surpriza plăcută de a mi-o dărui, pentru faptul că mă cunoaște atât de bine și știe de fiecare dată ce să aleagă. Am citit acum vreo doi ani „Jane Eyre” de Charlotte Bronte, sora mai mare a lui Anne, ca lectură suplimentară pentru orele de literatură universală de la liceu și m-am îndrăgostit de clasicii englezi, de poveștile minunate de dragoste care depășeau orice bariere, fie ele sociale sau economice. Nu am fost dezamăgită nici de această dată.

  
  Necunoscuta de la Wildfell Hall” (titlul în original: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall) ne vorbește despre viața unei femei din secolul XIX care este nevoită să suporte insultele și purtarea soțului său infidel din cauza statutului supus pe care îl aveam femeile în timpurile acelea, bărbatul având autoritate și drepturi depline în fața soțiilor. Puține femei ar rezista în aceste condiții, iar eu nu m-aș număra printre acestea.
 

 Când am început-o mi s-a părut puțin plictisitoare, acesta este și motivul pentru care primește doar 4 fluturași în loc de 5, dar pe parcurs a devenit din ce în ce mai interesantă. După cum puteți vedea din descriere, cele două personaje principale sunt Gilbert și Helen, care se îndrăgostesc după ce petrec mult timp împreună. Frumoasa Helen are o istorie tristă, tragică care o bântuie și nu o lasă să se bucure de ceea ce o înconjoară, este nevoită să se ascundă, să mintă și să stea departe de curioșii care încearcă să îi afle secretul și care ar putea din răutate să îi perturbe liniștea și singurăratea de care se bucură la Wildfell Hall. Prietenia lui Gilbert se dovedește utilă, deoarece acesta se lasă condus de propriile sentimente și de instinct și o protejează chiar și de familia sa. El este apropiat și de fiul femeii, Arthur, un băiețel foarte inteligent pentru vârsta lui, care reprezintă comoara cea mai de preț pentru mama sa, lucru care o împinge pe aceasta să fie exagerat de protectivă.   

   Preferata mea a fost desigur Helen cu bunătatea, încrederea și optimismul ei, pentru faptul că și-a iubit soțul în ciuda păcatelor lui și a purtării necuviincioase și s-a străduit să fie o mamă bună pentru fiul ei. Este una dintre femeile care își poartă crucea cu demnitate și suportă în tăcere consecințele propriilor greșeli. Sper să nu trec niciodată prin încercările ce i-au fost date lui Halen, dar în aceleași condiții aș fi mândră să mă ridic la înălțimea așteptărilor în același mod în care a făcut-o și ea. 

  O recomand romanticilor incurabili, dar și celor care vor să evadeze din realitatea noastră într-un univers special, plin de mister și personaje elegante.
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