Every Rose by Lynetta Halat

Title: Every Rose

Author: Lynetta Halat

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Blurb

What do you do when you realize you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love?

Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend’s artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self. This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina in a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could’ve been.

Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can’t stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realizing this lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl.

Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.

Dina’s 4 Star Review

Every Rose was the epitomy of bittersweet. It got my attention and sucked me in pretty quickly. The book opens with Lorraina coming home from college for winter break. A chance visit to a coffee shop leads her to the artwork of her childhood best friend, Michael Bang. She begins to reminisce about their past relationship while documenting her memories in a journal. It’s almost like getting a peak into someone’s private diary. Her memories of her childhood with Michael are sweet and insightful. We see a boy who had fallen head over heels for the girl of his dreams, and he is constantly trying to balance his feelings while not scaring her away. However, Lorraina is terrified by the intensity of his feelings for her at such a young age and is ill equiped to handle them. She is always pushing him away romantically while holding him tight as her best friend, until finally Michael is unable to stand by and watch her enter into a relationship with another guy.

That signals the end of the their friendship until she orchestrates a meeting with him 7 years later. I was pulled into the story immediately. Lorraina was Michael’s world when they were younger and I was eager to find out what his reaction would be to seeing her again as an adult. Would he still feel the same? Did he move on? Was he still the same person she remembered? The re-telling of their childhood history through Lorraina’s memories was a brilliant and beautiful way of establishing the depth of their feelings for each other. It allowed their adult relationship to move forward more quickly without making it feel like insta-love.

I was smitten by Michael immediately, both as a child and as an adult. I only wish I could have gotten more details about his life during the time he was apart from Lorraina. It is clear he made some bad choices and paid the consequences, but we only see a couple of glimpses of this. Since he was able to pull himself out of that spiral and turn his life around, it attests to the strength of his character. I liked that Lorraina, as an adult, made the decision almost immediately not to hold back and go after what she wants – Michael.

This story rose and fell in intensity as it went on. Just when I thought things were too perfect and was wondering what kind of conflict would arise to keep the story moving forward, some complication would come about that would suck me in again, eager to see how/if it would be resolved. The story of Lorraina and Michael is sweet and beautiful. If you are looking for hot and steamy, this is not the book for you. There isn’t an absence of physical intimacy, but when it does happen, it is described in gentle terms.

Sometimes I found the dialogue to be a bit too formal for two 20 somethings, and I couldn’t entirely understand why they felt the need to keep their relationship such a secret from everyone, but neither of these points detracted from the overall experience. I want to be very careful not to give any spoilers, but the ending really threw me for a loop. However, it was the ending that really helped to make this story even more special. If you are looking for pure, bittersweet romance, this is the book for you.

Teaser

“Whatcha doing?” he asks playfully as if he doesn’t know the effect he has on me.

“Oh…Nothing. Just trying to memorize you,” I admit without really thinking too much about it.

“I wouldn’t think you would have to with all those pictures you took last night,” he grumbles. Ah, yes. I must have taken around fifty pictures of him and us. I smile as I remember how fun it was to make him my model. Look this way and that—pouty face, The Thinker, kissy face. He protested a little until I persuaded him as only a woman in love could. I had definitely misappropriated the use of the camera my mom bought me.

“That was fun,” I tell him.

“For you maybe,” he grimaces. “It’s a good thing I don’t believe that a picture steals your soul. As many as you took, I’d be completely bereft.”

“Such a beautiful soul too,” I whisper.

About the Author

For as long as she can remember, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written countless stories and plays since she was a young girl. A teacher by day and an avid reader and closet writer by night, she has always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember; and her first novel, Every Rose, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a master’s degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. A self-proclaimed “Coast Girl,” she lives in Mississippi with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. She is currently at work on her second book.

Comments

  1. I can’t wait to read a beautiful lie!!!!

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