Sunday, October 24, 2010
Pieces of Paris
This skillfully crafted novel from Whitney Award winner G. G. Vandagriff explores the long-term effects of personal tragedy in haunting flashbacks of Annalisse's former life--flashbacks that are interwoven with a passionate romance to reveal a person entirely different from the woman Dennis thought he had married.
But as Annalisse struggles with long-buried memories, Dennis's investigation of a toxic waste incident ignites the wrath of a former political ally and an industrial firm that will go to any lengths to cover up a shocking crime.
Can Annalisse reconcile her turbulent past with her present life before it's too late? And can Dennis find a way to save his family and the town they've called home?
Annotation taken from Goodreads description of the book.
Annalisse and Dennis have been married for four years. They have a son and are expecting a daughter. Annalisse begins to have flashbacks of her life with Jules in Vienna and Paris. She has never told Dennis about Jules and fears that it is too late, that he will never forgive her for her deception.
Dennis has his own issues. When things get tough he runs away. He is running for political office and discovers that a local company has been dumping dioxide illegally.
Both Dennis and Annalisse must overcome their person demons, regain their faith in themselves and each other, and come together in understanding and forgiveness.
I found this book very interesting. It explores the effects of someone suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Annalisse has blocked out the emotions associated with Jules, and is now, several years later working through them. It is a reminder that all bad things have to be dealt with at one time or another. Also another reminder that it is better to be open and honest with your significant other, because you never know when the past will come back to "haunt" you. (I coudn't resist adding some reference to the upcoming holiday.) 4 stars from me.
I will not post another review on this page for the upcoming week, due to the Spooktacular Blog Hop. I am not savvy enought yet to know how to do it any differently and still keep the giveaway on top of the page. I will not however, stop reading. There will be a few books to review after the 31st. Until then, happy reading and Happy Halloween.
Posted by Bookworm Lisa at 4:56 PM