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Surprise Me by Deena Goldstone
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Isabelle Rothman’s itch to write gives her the ill advised opportunity to be tutored by a successful novelist, Daniel Jablonski. Ill advised because he is known for his dismissive, disorganized cold manner. In fact, there may be more disturbing said author than strange behavior and a sort of writer's block. Daniel can't get rid of Isabelle so easily, and soon the two bond in ways that will connect them for years to come. This is an 'unconventional' love store, over time their lives fork into different directions and somehow they manage to find each other through words, keeping one toe in each other's lives in spite of partners and children. From a distance the two still inspire each other- Isabelle to take more chances, to live outside her fears and Daniel to engage in life and the people in it.
Isabelle's 'living' includes a lot of heartbreak and loss, realizing that sometimes regardless of how much you love someone, you can't sacrifice your own needs to keep them. That you have to disappoint even parents and the expectations for the neat life they have been forecasting for you. This is certainly not the sort of story where lovers meet and bam, happily ever after. It's years of becoming, growing, gaining, losing and how motherhood even strengthens a woman. It is loving many people and each with a purpose in your life, even if there is still another person on the periphery who is also vital to your being. They change one another, they become who they need to be and love deeply- but sometimes it's not a lifetime spent together that creates the most lasting bond. It is someone showing up at a point in your life that you need direction, but you may just end up being their compass too. Isabelle and Daniel are student and teacher each in their own way- both of them give and take lessons. The novel does have flashbacks that sometimes disrupt the flow, but in the novels I have been reading lately it seems many authors are approaching stories in this manner. It is always interesting how every year certain subjects and styles dominate writer's minds. With that said, it is a realistic love story but much more. Enjoyed it.
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February 18, 2016 – Shelved
February 18, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 29, 2016 – Started Reading
March 28, 2016 – Finished Reading

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