Perseverance: How It All Began by Ardel Emery – Book Review

Perseverance: How It All Began by Ardel Emery
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Perseverance: How It All Began by Ardel Emery 

Epic love laced with epic pain…

Loving him was my secret. Mine alone. I never let anyone come remotely close to accessing that part of my heart. Not even myself, except on rare occasions. Trystan was simultaneously the source of my greatest love and the source of my greatest heartache. He never knew how I felt about him. I’d never told him how deeply and profoundly in love with him I was…and still am. He had always considered me a friend so that was the position in his life that I desperately struggled to maintain. I couldn’t let him know, but I also couldn’t let him go.

I tried to put Trystan in my past. To some degree, I was able to achieve just that. He lived so far away and only came back to visit on occasion. But every time he returned, it was like reigniting a smoldering inferno within me.

Then I met Blake.

Arguably the most eligible man in Hollywood. Wait, did I say Hollywood? I meant the world. He is the epitome of what every female dreams about. Falling in love with Blake was seamless. Trystan was rarely around and after spending years feeling like I was suffocating, being with Blake was like breathing my first breath of fresh air. It was a much needed reprieve for a wounded and tattered heart like mine.

Then an ordinary trip leads to extraordinary events. Extreme circumstances usher in changes in me and in my life that I could never have dreamed were possible. And a love I thought was beyond my reach is suddenly right within my grasp.

Past love collides with future love and there is nothing I can do to escape either.

Follow Cadence as she begins her travel into the unknown.

Chick Lit Café:

A complex love triangle involving an accomplished Hollywood star and a stunning first love drives the outstanding plot in Ardel Emery’s flaming romance novel, Perseverance: How It All Began.

For as long as she had known him, Cadence had always felt an intense attraction to Trystan. At the time when Trystan finally finds out about her feelings towards him, Cadence meets Blake, a Hollywood sensation she did not anticipate becoming drawn to. As she and Blake’s relationship intensifies, Trystan refuses to accept that Cadence has moved on. He vows to fight for her. With Blake, Cadence feels cherished and loved like she has never felt before but Trystan’s hold on her is unmatched by any other man.

The plot intensifies in each scene. Specific details are provided that bring out the sensual allure between Trystan and Cadence. By telling the story largely from Cadence’s point of view, the novel cleverly explores her thoughts, those that she is unwilling to articulate or show to her closest friends or family which makes the reader feel like a confidant. Expressive imagery is used to evoke strong emotion and make the scenes lively, such as when Cadence is alone in a dream, she views her body as an exotic and rare gem, or like lost treasure worthy of the risk it took to look for and find. In places, the perspectives of other characters are also included which helps develop them and their thought-provoking roles in the story. The passionate love triangle in the book moves the novel forward with much intrigue, turmoil and anticipation. With much anguish, Cadence shifts her focus from Blake to Trystan and vice versa. An internal conflict rages within her as she tries to determine who she should be with. Dreams are used as fascinating predictions in the novel. Cadence has harrowing dreams that act as indicators of future danger. The dreams are striking, mostly including frightening events about Trystan that revolve around the theme of death. 

Fear, love, romance, and pain intersect in Perseverance: How It All Began by Ardel Emery, an absorbing romance novel with passionate scenes, unique well-developed characters, intense relationships and an astonishing storyline and plot. A stirring must read story, Perseverance: How It All Began by Ardel Emery comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. Book reviewed by Edith Emunah for Chick Lit Café Book Reviews.

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