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November 11, 2013

COLETTE by Michelina Vinter

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Volume One
Michelina Vinter                                  

Published August 2nd 2013
by Nathalie Valkov
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  OVERVIEW (from Goodreads)
In 1938, Colette, an eighteen-year-old Parisian girl, falls for American professor Adam Walker. Within weeks, the young couple married and moving back to the United States, and Colette must say goodbye to the only home she's ever known. After traveling to New York and eventually to her new home in Berkeley, Colette discovers that she's expecting, and life doesn't seem like it could get any better. Colette soon discovers, however, that Adam isn't the man she thinks. Forced to endure an abusive husband and a lonely pregnancy, the only solace she can find is with her neighbor, John Wu. A devoted friend, John proves to be the shoulder she can cry on, and the man she can depend on to take care of her. But as time goes by and war draws nearer, life begins to take a dramatic turn. As the world begins to change around her, Colette's fantastic story will take her around the world and back in defense of her family, her child, and her love. Packed to the brim with dramatic twists and turns, this exhilarating story follows one woman's incredible journey through life, love, and war. Colette is an exciting new romantic thriller by Michelina Vinter filled with fast-paced emotions and gripping suspense. Exploring the constraints of life and family, this captivating novel uses romance, action, and intrigue to draw readers in while showing them something more. An enthralling romantic thriller, the novel is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys leisurely reading. From action aficionados to romance junkies, this book is perfect for readers of all backgrounds and interests and will keep them hooked until the very last word. A delicious blend of action, adventure, and romance, Colette is a one-of-a-kind story that follows one woman's fantastic journey through life. Encountering everything from first love and domestic abuse to the Gestapo and even a kidnapping plot, Colette's life proves to be as exciting as it is dramatic and a truly remarkable story to experience. Keeping readers guessing until the last sentence, this tremendous novel will stick with readers long after they've put the book down.

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This book will catch and hold your attention from the minute you open the book. What women today go through is so much different than it used to be. The author gives us an exact look at what women had to go through during WWII and their strength to keep on going without any men to help. The story starts in 1938 when Colette was just 18 years old when she falls for an American professor, Adam Walker.

Colette's papa tried to tell her that this American she has met is not what he appears to be.  Colette  marries this American who supposedly an American professor.  She leaves France and her entire family and goes to America with her new husband. Once in America, Colette finds out too late that her papa was right  This man was not the man she thought he was. He was an Intelligence spy. Their life begins to disintegrate after Colette has a child.  Her husband doesn't want  the child.   There is an Oriental, John Wu who is Colette's neighbor.  He is young and handsome and Colette has an immediate attraction to him.  John respects the fact that she is married but they still become good friends.  It isn't her husband, but John who is always there when she needs someone. While this is going on, back in France WWII is on with a fury.  Colette's family is involved with the Resistance Movement.
The Germans take Colette's brother prisoner.  Colette's services are offered to help free her brother.  Who offered them?  None other than her husband.   She goes ahead and does it to save her brother.  When she returns to American, a letter is waiting.  Her husband is divorcing her and marrying another. The author writes such an entertaining and interesting tale of war, love, hate and does it in such a way that you use your imagination as you turn each page.   Will John become more than a friend to Colette?  Will she become a daughter to John's mother or will she be an outsider?  Ms. Vinter helps us realize that too little has been said about the strong women who suffered and worked on the home fronts as their husbands and loved ones fought the war.  Many of these women were heroines.

I would give this book 4 HEARTS.

I was given a complimentary copy of  this book, COLETTE from SandPiper Publishing on behalf of the author, Michelina Vinter.

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Michelina Vinter is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist residing in the San Francisco Bay area with her two children, her husband, and a sweet shadow, her son's Havanese. Possessing a vivid imagination since she was a child, she often was told to get to the point--which led to her career as an acupuncturist. Born in France, she left her family and moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. With firsthand experiences in hard goodbyes and long conversations with a grandmother who was born in 1920, Vinter's wisdom beyond her years has led to a fulfilling writing career covering multiple genres.
The first five chapters of her book can be downloaded for free at

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Michelina Vinter said...

Hello Gayle, I just wanted to thank you personally for taking the time to review my book. I know time is a precious commodity for you, which makes me appreciate your review even more.

Michelina Vinter said...

Hello Gayle, this is Michelina again. I wanted this message to be private if you wished it to be. This is why I am writing it separately. You do not need to post it. You mentioned that your husband was very ill. I wanted to offer my support and let you know that I will keep you and him in my thoughts. Please feel free to contact me at
I wish both of you the best.