By Marina Raydun
Genre: Literary Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Psychological Suspense
At 28, Helen longs to be effortless. Jamie looks it. Breaking a long-standing engagement, Helen at once knows what she has to do. She follows this enchanting stranger across the Atlantic, hoping to find more than temporary shelter and a distraction from her seemingly crumbling life when she gets there. Inevitably, the road for the two proves to be bumpier than Helen had ever imagined it could be. Along the way, she stumbles across unexpected discoveries about herself, as well as those in her life she's always thought she knew best.
Effortless reminded me of a favorite indie movie. One that shows the life of the protagonist, the movements through each day; both the mundane & the heart fluttering, and the reality. We meet Helen, a high school teacher, while she goes through another break-up, a possible crush and a trip overseas with her students. You feel for her as she gets emotionally blasted by people in her life who enjoy to remind her about her endless faults. As if they are perfect. The trip to Europe has her experiencing old and new drama in her life. Some things happen on the trip (sorry, no spoilers) that leave a few things up in the air which I am sure the author will tackle in book two. I will impatiently wait for its release.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Marina Raydun grew up in Brooklyn, NY (where she still lives with her family). She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. in history from Pace University. Marina’s published works of fiction include a compilation of novellas “One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride,” as well as a suspense novel entitled “Joe After Maya.” Her other passions include singing and baking.
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A brief excerpt from the book:
“Paralyzed. I'd stood utterly paralyzed until a bus sped by, bypassing my stop on account of too many lucky passengers already aboard, covering me in dirty puddle water. I did not come to until I realized that my bike had fallen to the ground, my grip having failed it. I’d needed that shower, I suppose. By the time I'd looked up from behind my soaking wet hair, my red umbrella now at my feet, he was gone….”
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