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  • Turning bitter to sweet

    Laura Florand is an excellent writer and a wonderful storyteller, and her newest offering lives up to the high standard she has set. If there is a better way to help a reader understand ADD, I can't imagine it, and her grasp of narcissism is equally sound. All that aside, she has created delightful, believable characters who get under the reader's skin and crawl right up to her heart. Magnifique!

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    I am always so pleased to have a new book by Laura Florand that continues her heartfelt stories. Book 3 in La Vie En Roses set in beautiful and enchanting Provence tells Tristan and Malorie’s story. Tristan is the youngest of the five Rosier cousins; he is their genus perfumer behind the most beautiful and successful perfumes in the world, and he has loved Malorie Monsard most of his life beginning in grade school. Malorie also cared deeply for Tristan, but saw him as a charming flirt even at an early age. What separates them at the cusp of adulthood is Malorie’s desire to flee from her family as she has been weighted down by their shameful past dating back to the German Occupation and her great-grandfather’s betrayal of his community continuing through her reprobate grandfather then further compounded with a narcissistic father. One thing Malorie knows is that the men in her life could not be relied on so her life goals mean being successful and self-sufficient relying on no one but herself and trusting few. They come from very different yet connected families and so each has a dissimilar perspective on love and trust. The Rosiers present a united front though they may squabble among themselves and have endured their own losses and family struggles. Tristan is the emotional heart of his family doing all he can to hold them together with his affable charismatic personality and charm. Although Malorie has never forgotten her feelings for Tristan, she sees him as a total ladies’ man who cannot be serious with anyone. She has many self-esteem issues related to the sins of the fathers and does not believe Tristan is sincere in his pursuit of her other than for his own agenda related to his families’ business in the perfume industry of Grasse, Provence. Malorie returns to decide whether to resurrect her families’ perfume store or forever cut ties to the region and Tristan. Their relationship is full of sparks and spice both professionally and personally as Tristan tries to work his way back into Malorie’s life; she has to resolve whether her dishonorable heritage will define her most especially in terms of letting her feelings blossom with the only man she has ever loved. The blend of strong emotion, a beautiful love story interlaced with humor in a captivating setting makes for a happy heart. Laura Florand always tells a good tale, but what sets her writing apart in this modern day fairy tale is the beauty and skill of her use of language that comes across as sensuous, evocative, and a multilevel experience that engages the senses so the reader viscerally feels, smells, sees, and in the case of her Chocolate series, tastes each word. You can almost breathe in the delicious scents of the flowers and perfumes as well as be drawn fully into the descriptive language of the deep emotions each character feels. It’s a beautiful story that shows love can heal a wounded heart and overcome even the most difficult past. I feel a true pleasure being back in this enchanted world.

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