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  • 08/2020
  • 9780578752815 B08H5T1PFJ
  • 170 pages
  • $3.99
The Glass Boxes In Which We Live
A laugh and cry contemporary romance. The Glass Boxes in which we live is a modern women fiction. The story of Alienor unfolds over a three years timeline from 2017 when she first moves to Miami til 2020, in a humorous and sarcastic yet very honest way. The challenges of a single mother. The challenges of a 40 something woman as well :) The awakening to corporate america fierceness and the reality of a high level director female in an all male office. The difficulties an expatriated family faces, and the adaptation to verity of things versus expectations. The hilarious yet sometimes devastating shock of cultures. And then she meets him. Very different than her yet very much alike. Is a love story possible? Can they break out of the glass boxes society have each of us in? Alienor is a 43 years old, sassy, well established career mom, sporting a very privileged lifestyle in one of the best neighborhood of Miami, just trying to find herself again after her failed happily ever after. Wesley is a still single 39 years old, athletic and handsome melanated man, working a night job to pay the bills, still pursuing his dream to break through as an actor with a financially unstable and unsustainable way of life in NYC. Their lives are poles apart, yet their paths cross. John Lennon once said that there is nowhere we can be, that is not where we are meant to be. Is love powerful enough to pull us into a different world than the one of our expectations and upbringing? She was not expecting him. She was not expecting her here.
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A 40-something woman surrenders to a relationship with a younger man in this dynamic, albeit at times didactic, debut contemporary romance. While in New York City with her design team for a work project, 43-year-old French single mother Alienor Lacroix engages in a flirtation with 38-year-old mixed-race American barman and aspiring actor, Wesley Johnson, leading to romance and a relationship. Despite her angst about their differences in age, backgrounds, and lifestyles, the unlikely pair forge a long-distance relationship that spans more than two decades until tragedy strikes.

Alienor’s nationality leaves openings for the author to comment on sociopolitical issues, such as medical care in the U.S. and the politicization of daily life. The scenes addressing racism and violence can feel overstated and preachy, but the story’s poignant, emotional aspects shine through. Alienor is appealing and sympathetic, a devoted mother credibly trying to reconcile her confident work persona with her self-doubts about romantic partnership with a younger man who appears to have nothing in common with her. (And when readers first meet her, she’s throwing down an impromptu rap at a karaoke night out with her team.)

Alienor and Wesley’s life together is not fully developed, but rather revealed through snapshots; toward the end, these become somewhat rushed and cliché. Alienor’s hesitance and uncertainty about embarking on a relationship with confident and handsome Wesley, and his certainty about being with her, are well developed, sweet, and romantic, and their continued attraction to one another is well sustained. Flirty banter, hot sex, and sincere affection make this a book romance fans will enjoy.

Takeaway: This socially conscious romance weaves together cross-cultural relationships, race, parenthood, work, and other issues.

Great for fans of: Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date, Tamara Gregory’s Passport Diaries.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: B+

Jacky78

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.

· 6 days ago  

Humor And Romance

Loved the authenticity of the mother's challenges. Very humorously told love story framed by serial society issues subjects very actual. Very fresh.

Kyllie Trujillo

An Important Read

Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020

This book covers topics that are important to discuss. I loved the character development and how realistic the characters were. Highly recommend to those who want to read about things currently happening in the world today.

Maggy23

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.

Humor And Romance

Funny and emotional. A love story with character and sentiment.Very actual.

Maria M

Congrats. Loved it!

A very fresh and solid love story with character and sentiment unfolding on the background of very important society issues. What defines us as women? As men? Where we are born from? Or what we achieve? Is it in the end Fate or will?

by MARIA M. on September 1, 2020

simpleread

☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.

· 9 days ago  

A Page Turner

A contemporary story of today. A page turner, of a romantic story of our times.
I truly enjoyed reading it.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 9780578752815 B08H5T1PFJ
  • 170 pages
  • $3.99

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