Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith
Releases May 31st ~ Get it on Amazon
Wow, you guys. Talk about an epic journey. I have a soft spot for books where the heroine is making a comeback of sorts. When a person must reaccess their life and where they are going. Especially when much has been kept secret from her within her and her husbands relationship. It has an Eat, Pray, Love feel to it in a way. Beautifully written but instead of things being sorted out and resolutions being made. It just gets even more complicated. I loved it, but I am also very confused in the most fabulous way.
From the Cover...
An irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris, from the award-winning author of This Close to Okay.
Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about their marriage and his own past, hinting that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin—before he moved to California and never returned.
Now estranged from her husband, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, cigarettes smoked in the moonlight, hazy evenings in nightclubs, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself loosening and blossoming.
In a journey that is both transportive and intimate, Half-Blown Rose traverses Paris, art, travel, liminal spaces, and the messy complexities of relationships and romance, with excerpts from Cillian’s novel, playlists, and journal entries woven throughout. As Cillian does all he can to win her back, Vincent must decide what she wants . . . and who she will be.
*Thank you to @GrandCentralPub for sharing this title with me
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