Book Review: 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover


I have said before that I am trying to expand my horizons when it comes to reading. The last time I read a novella or short stories (other than in a magazine) was probably back in college when they were required reading. That was probably 10+ years ago. I was excited that Carolyn Moncel asked me to review her new book as it was another way to expand my horizons.

Five Reasons to Leave a Lover is the first book of Moncel's that I have read, and I was quite pleased with the character development in both the novella and the 2 included short stories.

From the back cover:

" In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover, author Carolyn Moncel offers up a fresh batch of stories based on love and loss. As singer/songwriter, Paul Simaon so eloquently suggested in a fomaous song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover.

However, Moncel's characters demonstrate that the reasons for leaving in the first place are quite finite. Encounters in Paris' Ellery and Julien Roulet return, picking up there lives where the short story, "Pandora's Box Revisited," ends. This time the Roulets are incolved in a love triangle, and along with two toher couples, must explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death. This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessarey; while others are voluntary; and still others are simply destind and beyond anyone's control."

Moncel made the characters come to live in a believable manner. There really wasn't any outlandish features in the stories that made them unbelievable. Even though I was not able to read any previous works by Moncel, I still felt like I wasn't missing anything from reading this book and learning of the characters.

Overall I would recommend this book as a quick read to anyone looking for something different to read.

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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