Friday, November 14, 2014

Unique & Spellbinding!

Wow--I am thrilled to find this review, written by Dolores Ayotte, author of A Woman's Voice (and other self-help books) who is a great inspirational writer and one of the best reviewers on Amazon. This is what she said about the audiobook edition of Apart From Love, which included The White Piano.  

Dolores AyotteWinnipeg, Manitoba11-14-14

"Unique & Spellbinding!"
Where does Apart from Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Apart from Love, is only the second time that I have listened to an audio book. I have heard several people say what a wonderful experience it is to do so and now I can see the benefits for myself.

What does David Kudler and Heather Jane Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Both David Kudler and Heather Jane Hogan bring the characters of Ben and Anita to life. Their voices, with the appropriate amounts of sadness, enthusiasm, voice intonations, soft or loud etc. depending on the situation, definitely add to this audio experience.

If you could take any character from Apart from Love out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Anita...I would like to sit across the table from her to get a better picture of how such a young woman...the same age as Lenny's son Ben...could end up with such an older man for a husband. 

Any additional comments?
Author Uvi Poznansky is an artist! There is no doubt about it. As I read "Apart from Love", I was drawn into a masterfully created piece of artwork. This is no ordinary novel. It richly depicts the product of a dysfunctional family and how they are drawn together, yet so repulsed by each other.

There is a quality so deep and raw in "Apart from Love" that it's almost impossible to put this book down. In my opinion, Uvi Poznansky writes like a painter. She starts with a clean canvas and dabs a little paint here and a little paint there as she develops her characters and creates her masterpiece. Her strokes then become broader, more passionate, more vivid and vibrant as she continues to let her characters' stories unfold. She draws you in to a deeper level than you might actually want to go as she ignites the fire to your own love, passions, and fears.

Ben, the 27 year old son grudgingly returns home many years after the divorce of his parents, Lenny and Natasha. He finds that there is a mutual attraction between his father's young wife Anita, and himself. Their stories, along with Lenny's are related in a narrative as each person has the opportunity to share his side of the events that take place. "Apart from Love" reminds me of a movie I enjoyed many years ago...Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because it is a well-written drama that could take place on a stage similar to this movie. In "Apart from Love" Ben states..."In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive but so seldom do you give to others." There is definitely a great need for forgiveness both on the giving end as well as the receiving end in this novel.Similar to any other work of art, the artist leaves so much of themselves in their work. Author Uvi Poznansky has done just that! Kudos to her on a job well done!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte

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