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5 Reasons to Leave a Lover - A Novella and Other Short Stories
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Love, trust, commitment, respect and responsibility are elements of a good relationship. When one or more of these elements are missing, it disturbs the natural flow of a relationship, and decisions will need to be made. In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover: A Novella and Other Short Stories, Carolyn Moncel tells the poignant tales of love, loss, heartbreak and saying goodbye.
The novella, which consists of three stories, explores how infidelity not only affects the wife and the h ...more
Ellery had to deal with the all too common issue of being cheated on. She had a feeling that her husband was cheating on her, but she tried to overlook all of the ...more
Husband Julien Roulet is forced to make a decision. He still loves his wife, Ellery, but ...more
Author: Carolyn Moncel
Published By: Mondave Publishing
Recommended Age: 18+
Reviewed By: Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson
Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud
Life is never complete without love. When love is shared, the result is beautiful. However, when imperfections in our ardour occur, the results are heartbreaking, sometimes even tragic. Death, abuse, cheating, dishonesty, dissatisfaction – five reasons to leave ...more
Set Yourself Free, Ellery
In this novella, Ellery discovers that Julien, her husband, has been unfaithful. Julien has made poor decisions and struggles with how to set things right. However, his actions have touched so many people, making it impossible for anyone to escape unscathed. I don't usually like stories about cheating but Ms. Moncel did a great job with the characters and their side of the stor ...more
Set Yourself Free, Ellery – A Novella, explores the lives of Ellery and Julian. Their years of marriage resulted in beautiful twin girls and a resentment borne out of emasculation. Julian no longer felt needed. He found some ...more
Carolyn Moncel’s 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover—A Novella and Other Short Stories is a quick read exploring the various reasons that relationships end. In the novella, she ...more
Set in Paris, the novella begins with Ellery having slept during the day after an emotional time. Husband Julien has picked up their children, twins Evie and Maddie from school, and has left the apartment. Ellery contacts her best friend Lola as she has a need to talk but Lola is not available.
What follows is an emotional rollercoaster ride for all the members of the family due to Elle ...more
Carolyn Moncel gives her readers three novellas that cover the different faces of love in “5 Reasons to Leave a Lover.”
The first novella deals with Ellery and Julien who are at a crossroad in their marriage. Ellery finds out Julien has been cheating, and she is determined to deal with the other woman. Even though the theme of cheating has been covered in many books I’ve read, this author writes an emotional story that takes a look inside the heart of everyone invol ...more
5 Reasons to Leave a Lover explores five different relationships that have reached their breaking point. Carolyn Moncel has done a remarkable job of exploring the inevitable emotional t ...more
It was not all hearts and flowers, it was real. Affairs, tangled relationships are not always as easy and satisfying as some stories would lead us to believe.
I really enjoyed getting to know how the characters were feeling about their role in this love triangle and what happens eventually.
This is available on Kindle and would make a lovel ...more
I found Ellery’s reaction, destroying more or less all of Julien’s possessions rather over the top, but we’re all different, and I’m sure there are people who would do that. In all other ...more
This is a relatively quick read and the writing is great. However, there were some instantances that I wish the French terms were explained. There were a couple that ...more
On the Character Julien Roulet: Despite his very bad behavior at times, I have to say that I still have a crush on Julien. The way that he speaks and rationalizes his decisions is quintessentially French. There is a passage in the novella where his wife, Ellery, must confront him. They are sitting in beautiful Parc Monceau and Ellery says something to the effect, “I will not love you again, Julien.” Julien’s response, “I don’t believe you because ‘will’ implies that you ‘could’ i...more
Carolyn Moncel is the author of two books: Encounters in Paris - A Collection of Short Stories and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover - A Novella and Other Short Stories. After moving from Chicago, her hometown, in 2002, she spent five years living in Paris. She currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husba ...more