Saturday, September 6, 2014

I Looked for The One My Heart Loves by Dominique Marny Plus Give Away

I Looked for
The One My Heart Loves

 Release date: August 12, 2014
at Open Road Integrated Media / Publishers Square
384 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4804-6116-1


Anne and Alexis are separated by war as children and reunited later by destiny. A powerful and dramatic love story that spans decades in spite of its seeming impossibility.
Anne, 9, and Alexis, 11, grow up together in the Montmartre area of Paris. While she has a major crush on him, he merely sees her as his friend’s little sister. After WWII begins, the two are separated as their families flee Paris to avoid the German occupation. When they say goodbye, Alexis promises to always protect Anne.
Anne holds on to this promise for years as she constantly thinks of Alexis, wondering where he may be. Anne grows up, finds works in an art gallery, and marries a kind, devoted man with whom she has two children. But her heart still belongs to Alexis and she never stops looking for him. Their paths cross fatefully one day in Brussels many years after they were separated.
Alexis, living in Canada and soon to be moving to San Francisco, has a family of his own; a wife in constant depression and a son. Despite their responsibilities to family and the geographical distance that keeps them apart, Anne and Alexis find a way to love one another, secretly yet passionately.
But after all this time, will they ever manage to be truly together, completely? 
My Review
Four Stars
Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest review
I was immediately grabbed by the conflict surround this story.  The idea of lost love and second chances intrigued me.  I also loved that the story was set around WW II.  With the threat of the Nazi occupation Anne and Alexis are torn away from each other.  Although they are only children both have very strong feelings for each other.  As the story progresses Anne and Alexis have both moved on from their childhood love and both marry and have children.  When Anne and Alexis meet they immediately feel everything they use to for each other.  I personally thought that the author did a fantastic job with the scene where they are reunited.  

As Anne and Alexis struggle to figure out how they can or if they should make room in their lives for each other they have to struggle with their commitments.  I thought this was a beautiful and passionate story.  My heart ached for both characters and I kept hoping that they would get their happily ever after.  I really enjoyed the historical setting and the descriptions and the times and places.  I highly recommend and enjoyed this beautiful and heartbreaking book about two people that just want to love each other. 


Dominique Marny was raised in a family that loves art, literature, adventure and travels.
In addition to being a novelist, she is a playwright, screenwriter, and writes for various magazines.

where Dominique Marny speaks
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