on November 22, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Review Copy Provided By: Author
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The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel about the price of love.
“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, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love's downfall can turn to exaltation.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
Wordsmith. Poet. Composer. Playwright. Word Slinger. Word Weaver. All words which can be used to describe Author, Suanne Laqueur. Her writing is addictive, powerful, breath-taking and captivating. Reading her books is like taking a ride on an emotional rollercoaster; you never stay in one emotional plane for long.
With An Exaltation of Larks, we are given stories about many which are weaved together to become a story about family.
Initially, when the book started, I was reading with my heart in my throat, I so wanted Alex’s story to come to fruition. But then the book took a turn and we are reading about the Larks, and then another turn and we are reading about Javier, and yet, another turn, and we read about Ari. I never knew where the book was going. I was sifting through the forest on a poetic journey to the end of each character’s story.
An enchanting, emotional and enlightening novel, An Exaltation of Larks will take you on an evocative journey making you think about right and wrong, good and bad and have you judging your own moral compass.