Author: Kevin V. Symmons
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Jessica Long has the voice of an angel. But Jesse’s cold beauty masks a brutal past filled with privation and cruelty. As the talented soprano approaches her final year at New England Conservatory, she is faced with a choice: stay with her striking young lover or accept the offer of a successful Broadway producer.
She chooses the latter only to discover that fame can exact a cruel price. After years of yearning, the lovers meet again – at Jesse’s ragged homestead on the Maine Coast.
Matt will reveal the benefactor who’s followed and protected Jesse as the lovers face a confrontation with the jealous pursuer who’s tried to destroy her. One final choice awaits that may cost Jesse both Matt and her life. The Broadway impresario, a mysterious crime lord, and Matt’s stunning literary agent head a cast of absorbing secondary characters. Filled with unexpected plot twists, Solo is a classic, leading the reader over a bittersweet tapestry spanning fifteen years.
This book will absolutely break your heart! I think it's one of the saddest stories I have read in awhile and it's all because 2 people didn't take the time to get to know one another long enough to trust each other with the truth. I don't know, but if this is what is happening in real life, no wonder there is so much unhappiness!
Telling the truth for Jesse would have eased all of Matt's uneasiness and suspicious thoughts about what was Jesse really hiding.
When something bad happens to you as a child, it is not your fault and why adults feel like it is, I have no idea. Telling Matt what happened when she was a child would have saved a whole lot of grief and unhappiness for a lot of people, not just the two of them. Their decisions affected quite a lot of people.
I know past hurts are hard to explain to others, but I would have done it in a heartbeat to keep the man who just told me he loved me and that he thought that they were soul mates. Jesse feels the same way but for whatever reasons, she feels she has to do this all alone.
The ending is not what I had thought it would be and that is going to shock a lot of people who read the book. It's well worth it. I say that because I will admit that there are a few slow spots and the total lack of faith on Jesse's part made me want to slap her silly, but all in all, it's a great book to read, just be sure to have plenty of hankies available.
About the Author:
Kevin Symmons has a BS and an MBA. He has attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and studied in France. After a successful career in business management and consulting, he returned to his first love: writing.
His first novel, a spell-binding paranormal romance titled “Rite of Passage” is set in the chaotic period after World War II. It’s received dozens of great reviews and was a RomCon Reader’s Crown Finalist for 2013. His second effort is a contemporary romantic thriller set near his Cape Cod home, titled “Out of the Storm.”
Like his first novel, it is an Amazon Best-Seller and received many 5-star reviews. “Solo“, an intense and ambitious women’s fiction work, has been released from The Wild Rose Press, his award-winning publisher. It explores the devastating effects of privation and domestic violence on the beautiful and extraordinarily talented young heroine.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.