Thursday, December 17, 2015

Love's Illusions by Jolene Cazzola

Love's Illusions
by Jolene Cazzola

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Jolene Cazzola
ISBN-13: 9781519148025
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 280 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Chicago, 1971. A marriage broken. A second chance at complicated love.

Jackie Moretti always believed in fairy tale endings. A promising art student in Chicago in the early 1970s with a happy marriage to her childhood sweetheart points to a bright future, until Jackie's world cracks in two.

Six months into the marriage, it becomes alarmingly clear that Jackie's husband Stephen is not the man she thought she married. Even when confronted with overwhelming evidence, her husband cannot admit the truth and blames her for the destruction of their relationship. She tries to cope with the pain by taking on a new job at a local bar, diving into a series of one-night stands, and numbing herself with drugs.

Sexy mechanic Michael Nowak grabs Jackie's attention from their first encounter. The small-time dealer provides both sex and drugs to distract Jackie from her downward spiral. When their feelings turn from lust to something more, Michael gets roped into a larger-scale criminal operation than he ever thought possible. Can their love survive depression, regret, and struggles of the heart or will the second city swallow them whole?

Love's Illusions is the first installment in a series of women's modern historical fiction novels. If you enjoy books set in the early 1970s with compelling characters and immersive writing, then you'll love Jolene Cazzola's debut novel.  
 Love's Illusions by Jolene Cazzola

Love's IllusionsThe era was the early 1970’s, a time when divorce, homosexuality and abortion were still topics whispered from mouth to ear, eyebrows would raise and religious zealots would pray for the sinners, as well as that their friends wouldn’t learn the taint of the good family name. Follow young Jackie Moretti as she discovers the truth about what happens after the rice is thrown and married life begins in earnest. Jackie was young, trusting and na├»ve. Long after her husband left, she held that fairytale dream that he would come back, but when she finally realized it would never happen, that maybe she had something better to live for, Jackie began to re-build the shambles her life had become as she began to love herself and carve her own path.

Author Jolene Cazzola shares a tale of one young woman, caught between the rosy dreams of being married and the reality of a mate who has been living in denial and hides behind a lie in an effort to maintain his secret. Jackie finds a friendship with benefits in the arms of her recreational drug dealer, only to find that what they have is more honest and secure than even Jackie’s relationship with her dysfunctional family.

This is a story of coming of age, of learning to find the inner strength from within and to follow the path YOU need to follow, not the path of least resistance or the path chosen for you by others with their own agenda.

Ms. Cazzola shares a strong voice with her readers as she tackles life in an era many of us can still remember.

I received this copy from Jolene Cazzola in exchange for my honest review.

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