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Friday, May 3, 2013

Penny Discovers An Unexpected Gem: AIRE by Lena Goldfinch



Sometimes I think when I tell folks "I love romance" they don't really understand what I'm talking about. Romance is not sex. Romance is not marriage. For me, romance is love. True, everlasting, heroic love. It's also a moment in time, the touch of a hand, the scent of lilacs, a tiny bouquet of violets fit for a fairy queen...




Romance is about hope and courage and strength and loyalty. It's about simple acts of friendship. It's about forgiveness. It's about sacrifice. 

Can a book have a heart and soul? Not just the characters, but a story? Yes, of course it can. Anyone who has clutched Harry Potter to her chest knows that truth. There are not many storytellers who can truly tap into that gift. You have to have the soul of a poet. You have to believe in the power of love.

And if you're a romance author, you need to believe in the HEA. Happy Ever After. It's not just a trite abbreviation. It's huge. It's the difference bewteen being cynical and bitter and hopeless and believing in happiness.

Let me just start this review by saying I don't read YA. In fact, I like much more mature characters, 40s and even 50s and beyond. But there are some things that defy age. Like friendship and courage and love. Goldfinch's story AIRE weaves fantasy and characters and setting and suspense into an extraordinary tale. Her writing is beautiful, the story is engaging, the suspense builds perfectly. But it's the romance woven into the story that brings it to sparkling life. And I realized, as I read this, that sometimes the most satisfying love stories don't need graphic sex. They just need longing and trust...and finally happy endings. 

There is one thing I remember about The Language Of Souls --Goldfinch's first book that I read a long time ago. It's the kiss. The whole story leads up to one, perfect kiss. And it was filled with so much romance and love I was just amazed. This book has that same quality. I have never seen an author make a kiss so touching, and tender, and lovely, and perfectly satisfying. Like that little bouquet of violets. Sometimes our romantic moments don't need to be big or over-the-top or graphic. Small and simple and perfect are better.

After I finished this book I cried. For a long time. Goldfinch treats us to many happy endings in this story...for primary and secondary characters. I was charmed. I've never read a book that ensured ALL the characters were so well taken care of. It's my dream-come-true! Charming and adorable.

I am always on the look-out for something different and unique and special. This book surpassed all of my expectations. It is a gem that is so far my favorite read for 2013. 

Grade: A+

Blissfully, blissfully happy,
Penelope



14 comments:

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

You talked me into getting this one...I love unexpected Gems.

Lena Goldfinch said...

Now you've made me cry. What a wonderful, flattering review. Thanks so much!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww yay! I love hearing that. Lena's amazing. I'm so glad you introduced her to me and I am so glad to hear this one rocks too. Great review!

Julia Barrett said...

Oh wow! Now I have to buy this book - I love beautiful writing and I tend to avoid YA at all costs because the stories are so awfully trite - but this sounds perfect. Going! Buying!

Penelope said...

Hi Colette! I hope you enjoy it. It is a really special story.

Penelope said...

Lena! This was just brilliant! You are going to make me a YA-lover, aren't you?

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! I know Lena's books are right up your alley. You will adore this.

Penelope said...

Julia! I was going to send you an email today to rec this one. You'll LOVE it!

Tasha Brandstatter said...

I've been seeing this book everywhere lately and mostly ignoring it, to be honest. But you might have convinced me to change my mind. :)

"Romance is not sex. Romance is not marriage. For me, romance is love." YES. This. It flabbergasts me when people interpret sex and equal to romance. It can be a part of romance, but it's not the same thing.

Penelope said...

Tasha...give this one a try. I don't even like YA and I adored this book. This story has heart and soul and is VERY romantic.

Jessica said...

What a lovely review! I'll check this one out.

Tom Stronach said...

Great review ..... but well you know me, I'll let Ishbel know having said that a murder death kill with lots of 'romance between mortal enemies'was this one, http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Her-Name-Redemption-ebook/dp/B0026RI9TO/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367703451&sr=1-1&keywords=in+her+name%3A+empire and it's free. It takes a while for the romance to be found but once it is I found it quite touching
xxxx

Penelope said...

Jessica--I definitely recommend checking this one out. It is superb!

Penelope said...

Tom...going to check out your review!