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review 2020-03-26 13:03
Someday in Paris
Someday in Paris - Olivia Lara

by Olivia Lara


This one had a lot of consistency problems, yet I couldn't put it down! With short chapters alternating between two protagonists, there was always just one more chapter and a few late nights ensued.


Leon and Zara meet very young, hiding in a dark museum. They share a love of art and especially for Monet. Zara comes from a family where the women have dreams about the man meant for them, seeing things though his eyes. Some of them ignore the ability and slough it off as superstition and imagination. Some believe it whole-heartedly.


Among the problems with this book is Zara, whose real name is Dominique, sharing the story of her star-crossed romance with Leon with her granddaughter and switching between present and past tense to maximum cringe effect, yet the story itself comes through and it was easy to care about the characters and to want to slap them when they made stupid decisions that made them miss each other.


Hopefully the final edit will fix some of the problems, especially the disappearing walking stick and the wrong name used in one of the later chapters. The fact that it held my attention so well makes it necessary to give it four stars either way.

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text 2020-03-20 16:22
I'm reading a Romance
Someday in Paris - Olivia Lara

It doesn't happen often anymore because I don't like the insipid or Erotica, but this is pretty good, even with teenage protagonists (2 main characters, alternating pov).


I'll be reviewing it on my new account, but until I finish the transition, I'll link new reviews here. The last two weren't really worth the effort.

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review 2019-03-24 00:57
Someday Someday Maybe
Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham

Audiobook, narrated by the author, delightfully.


I first became aware that Lauren Graham had written a novel because she mentioned it in her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can.  When the novel came up in the list of available mp3 audiobooks in my library's e-collection, I grabbed it.


Someday, Someday, Maybe is set in the mid-1990s.  Its narrator/protagonist is Franny Banks, an aspiring actress living in Brooklyn with two roommates, Jane and Dan, and getting ever-closer to a self-imposed deadline to either get that big break in acting or give up and move onto a more conventional life/career track.


A co-worker of mine likes to use the adjective "charming" to praise some of her favorite books, and as I was listening to this one, the word "charming" came to me.  Graham's voice--both in the audio and authorial senses--is entertaining:  funny, poignant, and bubbly.  A book like this written by an actress, about being/becoming an actress, can be self-indulgent and overly precious, but I felt that Graham avoided those pitfalls.  There were a couple of meta-narrative moments, but they worked for me.

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review 2019-02-09 18:05
Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin
Someday We Will Fly - Rachel Dewoskin
SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY by Rachel DeWoskin Performers in the Warsaw Circus must flee for their lives from the Nazis. As they flee to Shanghai, Lillia’s mother is lost. She and father left with no choice, continue to Shanghai where Jews are being offered safety, but not an easy life. As the Japanese draw ever nearer, life becomes more tenuous and scary. Well written and researched, this YA novel is also a wonderful read for adults. The Jewish experience in war time China has been little known. This book attempts to rectify that omission and succeeds. Lillia, her father and those she comes in contact with are fully developed characters. The plot is engrossing. 5 of 5 stars


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review 2018-05-04 01:14
Someday (Delicious #1) by Sierra Riley 4 Star Review!
Someday - Sierra Riley

When you’re around, you’re all I can see”

“Someday, my prince will come.”

Danny is an artist, and he has the best job in the world. He gets to create beautiful things at the bakery his best friend owns. The only thing that would make life better is finding his own personal Prince Charming, but despite a life-long addiction to happily-ever-after, he doesn’t really hold out much hope for that. He’d rather be alone than compromise who he is for men who are only interested if he tones down his flamboyant personality.

“Someday, I’ll find a better life."

Mace learned to protect himself while growing up in a harsh foster care system. Serving an unjust prison sentence taught him even more valuable life lessons. Don’t let your feelings show. Trusting people only gets you hurt. It’s okay to want things, but don’t expect to hold onto them. Now that he’s out, Mace keeps to himself, quietly enjoying the work he’s found caring for beautiful things while he saves for a better life. Even if he has no idea what that will actually look like.

“It’s you. My better life is you."

When Danny bursts into Mace’s life, the beautiful man has him questioning everything life has taught him, from his sexuality to the wisdom of trusting someone with his heart. Danny makes him want things he’s not sure he believes in, and when a series of local robberies lead to his arrest, his faith in what’s possible is put to the test.




I love this couple. Danny and Mace are very themselves in this opposites attract romance 

Both Danny and Mace are drawn with such layer and details. Great stuff on plants, Disney flowers, art. They are talented and wonderful.

They both have issues to work through but their relationship shines as they find out more and more about each other and fall in love.

They are steadfast and this romance will leave you warm and fuzzy.

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