Saturday, November 25, 2017

REVIEW: An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur


This being the start of my break (and most intense grading season of the year) and coming off another book that gave me a severe book hangover, I knew I wanted a novel that would cure my hangover ...with another book hangover. Mission accomplished. The Exaltation of Larks swept me up in the story of families braided together through chance, necessity, tragedy and love. The narratives of the characters were woven together so well that by the end I felt like all along I'd had the puzzle pieces and knew how they were put together and didn't know it until I saw the final product--and what an interesting final product to see.

These characters repeatedly healed my heart and broke it and I'm not 100% recovered yet but I don't have to be. I have the rest of the week off, papers have been graded (thanks to using this novel as an incentive to get them done faster), and A Charm of Finches loaded and ready to read.

I am really enjoying the writing and storytelling of Suanne Laqueur and am ready to explore her backlist as time permits. I cannot recommend this novel highly or frequently enough. Buy it. I think you're going to love it.

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"We're so alike, you and I. It's no wonder we kept finding each other."

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he's long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11's, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

"Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn't yours."

Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur's fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love's downfall can turn to exaltation.

Learn more about the writer: website | Goodreads

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