In Other Words
by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Boothbay Harbor - Book 1
Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Publisher: Pamela Q. Fernandes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 357 pages
Trish Holt is a pianist, living in picturesque Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her boyfriend of three years has left her. His new lover is her manager. Her bitterness is compounded by the fact that Trish has made bad choices when it comes to past relationships. Much of it stemming from her own issues as an adopted child from Korea. She holds herself partly responsible for the breakdown in their relationship as she tries to fit into the stereotype of the 'All American' girlfriend.
When she moves out to a new home, she encounters Michael Quentin. Not only is he her neighbor but also a local chef on the island, who romances her and helps her get over the betrayal. As Michael and Trish fall in love, their childhood issues resurface.
Can Trish stop herself from loving Michael whose own family's dark past is holding him back?
Can she ignore his love for tradition and roots?
In Other Words by Pamela Q. Fernandes
Whoa! Talk about two people who let their pasts threaten any chance they may have for a bright future! Pamela Q. Fernandes’s IN OTHER WORDS is a high angst, highly tumultuous foray into looking for love or possibly avoiding any chance of it growing, all because two people do nothing to repair what bothers them about their pasts.
Trish was adopted, grew into a highly acclaimed international pianist. After a rather destructive relationship that ended in a brutal betrayal, she has the opportunity to heal and grow when she moves into another place. She wasn’t prepared for Michael Quentin, a love ‘em and leave ‘em, one and done kind of guy. Trish knows better than to fall for another man, after all, it is her self-destructive pattern all over again.
Michael has no room for love, he saw what it did to his family growing up and he wears the scars like a shield and uses his bed as his playground. Yet, there is something about Trish that attracts him.
Trish is in search of her identity, not as an adopted Korean girl, she needs answers to her true roots, a place to feel as if she belongs, yet, she does nothing about discovering her heritage, she runs to any man that shows her the attention she craves. Together, Michael and Trish make up one of the most messed up couples I have ever met! Could they, as a couple, be exactly what they each need to leave the past behind or will they further destroy the perilous threads they each hold on to?
Pamela Q. Fernandes certainly can tell a tale! I was in knots. To be honest, I really didn’t care for Trish’s woe is me attitude one minute and ice queen façade the next. Even after finishing this book, I’m not sure if she is mentally healthy enough to know what a real relationship should be, then again, there is the mystery around her birth family, she never tried to find the information. Michael’s damage seemed more believable, over-the-top, but believable. No man is an island and his way to address the issues of his childhood certainly couldn’t’ be called healthy.
That said, I do love Ms. Fernandes’s writing style, she doesn’t ask people to love her characters, nor does she hide their flaws or warts. She has a bold writing style that draws readers in and holds them by the throat to the very end!
I received a complimentary copy from Pamela Q. Fernandes! This is my honest and voluntary review.