November 25, 2016
THE YEAR OF LOVING
THE YEAR OF LOVING
Traci L. Slatton
ABOUT THE BOOK
Art gallerist Sarah Paige’s world is crumbling. One daughter barely speaks to her and the other is off the rails. Sarah is struggling to keep her gallery afloat in a tough market when she learns that her most beloved friend has cancer. In the midst of her second divorce, two men come into her life: an older man who offers companionship and stability and an exciting younger man whose life is as chaotic as hers. Sarah’s courage, humor, and spirit strengthen her, but how much can she bear, and what sustains her when all else falls away?
Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels, including IMMORTAL and BROKEN; the award-winning dystopian After Series which includes FALLEN, COLD LIGHT, FAR SHORE and BLOOD SKY; the bittersweet romantic comedy THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE; and the vampire art history romp THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. She has also written the lyrical poetry collection DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE. With her husband sculptor Sabin Howard, she wrote THE ART OF LIFE, a photo-essay about figurative sculpture through the ages. She also wrote PIERCING TIME & SPACE, about the meeting ground of science and spirituality.
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This book is a romantic adult book. The main character is a divorced, not once but twice, woman who has an art gallery. She has two children of which her relationships are not good. One barely speaks to her and the other is, lets say, way out there. She is struggling with her art gallery and also with her personal life. A lot of her bad relationships with her two girls is due to their father. He has money and also the name to go with it. He uses this to keep the rift going between his ex-wife and his two girls. Probably a lot of divorced women feel this today. Being in her forties, Sarah is strong and doesn't rely on anyone. As if this wasn't enough to keep her life dangling, she finds out her best friend has cancer. She is having trouble accepting this. She has a tendency to keep people at a distance. I don't know if that is to keep from getting hurt further or why? The author gives examples of every day events that a woman deals with, or tries to deal with. On top of this there are two men she has taken a fancy to. Two very different men. Both are interested in Sarah but both have different things to offer her. She doesn't want a man to control her or her life. She just isn't willing to let go of the one thing she has, independence. Emotions will ride high as the reader turns the pages. Can Sarah let herself fall in love, move onward and let go, let go of the past that haunts her everyday. The author gives a story of everyday, realistic life where sometimes struggles get the best of us and we push those that love us away. Real life, real problems, that's what this book is about. Sometimes you just do your best, but sometimes your best isn't good enough. Sometimes it takes, never looking back and starting over. Those t hat have gone through a divorce, have teenagers, a business and are struggling to keep it all together may relate to this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Word Slinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 4 STARS.
Posted by Gayle Pace