An often gripping, if unevenly executed, portrait of a woman caught in a destructive marriage.

BEHIND THE GOLDEN GATE

A whirlwind relationship turns into a nightmare for a young Irish artist in Devaux’s debut novel.

Ráichéal, an artist living in Dublin, is a firm believer that “everything happens for a reason and not by accident, chance or design.” So when she sees a newspaper advertisement from a man named Daniel San Laurant seeking a pen pal, she feels compelled to respond to him. Ráichéal is looking for adventure and Daniel’s letters make her eager to learn more about him. So she travels to his home on the island of San Sebastian in the West Indies, where she’s seduced by his charm and his glamourous lifestyle. They eventually marry and live in luxury on his family’s estate; however, tensions lurk beneath the surface as Ráichéal starts to notice that everything she does revolves around Daniel and his needs. His controlling behavior (“what Daniel wanted to do, is what Daniel always did, regardless of anyone else”) continues after they adopt a son, Antonio. Ráichéal briefly leaves Daniel, but they soon reconcile. But after they go on to adopt three daughters—Ella, Grace, and Amelia—it becomes clear that Daniel will stop at nothing to control Ráichéal, and she finds herself in a battle to save her family. Devaux offers a suspenseful, affecting thriller. Ráichéal is a dynamic protagonist whose transformation from a naive bride to a protective mother fighting for her independence is dramatically effective. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, including Margaux, Daniel’s calculating, narcissistic mother. The sprawling narrative includes detailed descriptions of Ráichéal’s travels throughout the world, including extended visits to Mexico, Panama, and Ireland. Still, the novel would have benefited from a sharper copy edit; for example, billionaire Howard Hughes is referred to as “Howard Hues,” and the British television show Fawlty Towers is called “Faulty Towers.”

An often gripping, if unevenly executed, portrait of a woman caught in a destructive marriage.

Pub Date: July 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5462-9214-2

Page Count: 448

Publisher: AuthorHouseUK

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2018

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable...

MAYBE SOMEDAY

Sydney and Ridge make beautiful music together in a love triangle written by Hoover (Losing Hope, 2013, etc.), with a link to a digital soundtrack by American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson. 

Hoover is a master at writing scenes from dual perspectives. While music student Sydney is watching her neighbor Ridge play guitar on his balcony across the courtyard, Ridge is watching Sydney’s boyfriend, Hunter, secretly make out with her best friend on her balcony. The two begin a songwriting partnership that grows into something more once Sydney dumps Hunter and decides to crash with Ridge and his two roommates while she gets back on her feet. She finds out after the fact that Ridge already has a long-distance girlfriend, Maggie—and that he's deaf. Ridge’s deafness doesn’t impede their relationship or their music. In fact, it creates opportunities for sexy nonverbal communication and witty text messages: Ridge tenderly washes off a message he wrote on Sydney’s hand in ink, and when Sydney adds a few too many e’s to the word “squee” in her text, Ridge replies, “If those letters really make up a sound, I am so, so glad I can’t hear it.” While they fight their mutual attraction, their hope that “maybe someday” they can be together playfully comes out in their music. Peterson’s eight original songs flesh out Sydney’s lyrics with a good mix of moody musical styles: “Living a Lie” has the drama of a Coldplay piano ballad, while the chorus of “Maybe Someday” marches to the rhythm of the Lumineers. But Ridge’s lingering feelings for Maggie cause heartache for all three of them. Independent Maggie never complains about Ridge’s friendship with Sydney, and it's hard to even want Ridge to leave Maggie when she reveals her devastating secret. But Ridge can’t hide his feelings for Sydney long—and they face their dilemma with refreshing emotional honesty. 

Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable characters and just the right amount of sexual tension.

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4767-5316-4

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 7, 2014

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