“A Heart Break in Paris with Carolyn Davenport” Book of the Month

5 Reasons to Leave a Lover brings From A Writer’s POV into the New Year as Book of the Month. “A person leaves (voluntary or involuntary) because circumstances make it impossible to stay.  The most notable reasons are deceit, infidelity, abuse, indifference and death.  All five of these reasons are represented in the book; three are found in the novella and one in each short story,” Author of the book, Carolyn Davenport-Moncel, says when I asked about the concept of the book. 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover was published in September 2011.

Don’t worry, Carolyn does not give us a list of reasons why we should leave a lover, however, she does give us a short-story novel that takes us through the life of Ellery Martin-Roulet, who is caught in the middle of a love triangle with a broken-heart. Ellery Martin-Roulet is an African-American public relations executive who lives and works in Paris. She is married to a French man, Julien Roulet, and together they have twin daughters. Ellery is a lot like many modern women. She is very driven. She wants to be successful and she thinks she has to do it all.  Somewhere along the way, becoming so preoccupied in all things except her husband, may have cost her a marriage. Next, is Julien. “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 if you wanted to. It means that you are still unsure, no?’ When I read that aloud to one of my French friends, she laughed so hard. She said, ‘Now, THAT is a spot-on response from a French guy.’ ”

Read the full article at: www.fromawriterspovmagazine.com

Signing Off,

Dominique

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