When life intervenes, can Jackie really give love a second chance?
Nothing in Jackie Moretti’s young life has gone as planned. The fairy tale existence she believed in had fallen apart. Her husband’s hidden impulses and lies caused their marriage to crumble. And even her new relationship with sexy bad boy, Michael Nowak seems to have expired. Or has it?
Michael’s California drug operation is bringing in the coin, but without Jackie, his life feels empty. When a tragic event brings him back to Chicago, he has a choice to make: keep letting life throw him in the same direction or take things into his own hands.
As Jackie and Michael reunite, old wounds and new complications could make their heartbreak even more devastating than the first time around. Unless a new friend and an old lover can set them on the path of a new life together…
Love’s Journey is the second installment in a series of women’s fiction historical novels with a touch of romance. If you like deep love stories set in the 1970s with complex characters, then you’ll love Jolene Cazzola’s continuing saga.
Michael and I had been talking for hours. The more we talked, the more my anger dissipated, but it wasn't gone. I tried to explain my feelings as rationally as possible — none of it was easy to say, or hear, but he listened. He knew trusting him again would be difficult, one of the hardest things I'd ever done, but he was determined to prove to me that I could. He said he understood how scared I was of being hurt again, that it frightened him too, but he was positive about how he felt. He loved me, wanted me in his life, no matter what. He asked if I still loved him — I said “I think so,” but I was afraid love alone wouldn't be enough, things weren't that simple anymore. I tried to explain how complicated and twisted my mind had become, about the voice in my head that kept warning me to stay away, to run. How it was that voice I heard in the dining room this morning causing me to sprint away, how I didn't know if I had the strength to tame that voice.
Keeping it in check took everything I had, and some extremely caring and attentive friends, so I didn't crawl into bed and not get back out — how I was trying to accept the word “depression” as being part of me without being owned by it.
I told him about my overwhelming desire, how I wanted him to make love to me like he used to, how much I wanted his body against mine, but how letting things happen, letting myself feel that strongly again was more than I thought I could survive if... if life ever pulled us in different directions again. I told him I still wanted to believe in romance, in love, the way it was in fairy tales, happily ever after, but with everything that happened over the past three years, not only with him, but with Stephen too, how could I believe anymore? I told him that the remains of my heart, the part that still had hope, had died that day in his driveway, and I wasn't sure it would ever be revived. He held me, he kissed me, we mourned together, he said he still wanted to be “my knight in shining armor”; then we fell asleep from sheer emotional exhaustion.
Alluring, but above all entertaining. Love’s Journey is the second release in the Love’s Illusion series by Jolene Cazzola Some novels keep you guessing, some make you care deeply about the characters, once in a while a book comes along that delivers on both counts. With intriguing sub currents Cazzola creates characters’ who have lives of their own, who don't exist simply at the convenience of the plot and always feel wholly congruent with her seventies Chicago setting which she captures in subtly nuanced dialogue and acerbic observation. At the center of her narrative is the repartee between Jackie and Michael. Suffice to say they have obstacles to overcome. Most romance novels begin as a given; we know from the first chapter who will be together when the last page is turned, but Cazzola keeps us guessing. Taking the form and feel of a romantic thriller she makes us care about her protagonists and because we can’t help liking them their relationship transcends all of the plots twist and turns to take on an importance of its own.
A multi layered and intelligent novel which will quickly draw you in, Love's Journey proves a welcome addition to the Love's Illusion series. Raising the bar for future releases in Jolene Cazzola's continuing saga, it is highly recommended.
Life has gone on for Jackie, she has set some goals and followed through, but the cost may have been too high as she returns to Chicago and a life filled with Michael and lasting love. What she discovers when she arrives after a long drive from back East, becomes a living nightmare when she opens their new apartment door to a note that would rock her to her knees.
Michael’s trip to the West Coast was profitable, if illegal, but their plan was to get back together and move forward. Without a hint during their many phone calls, planning their future, Michael has dealt Jackie the ultimate betrayal, worse than her ex-husband and everyone she cared about knew but her. Like a rudderless boat caught in an ocean squall, Jackie must once again, pick up the shattered remains of her life, alone, not trusting in anyone or anything that would involve her heart. Just when her transformation is almost complete, Michael returns to take her to the brink of insanity or the heights of heaven, but does he deserve another chance? Has Jackie finally learned to stand on her own and make her own decisions based on what is best for her?
Jolene Cazzola’s Love’s Journey tale is one of drugs, bad decisions, deceit and heartbreak, leading to the rebuilding of her main character, who still seems to make bad choices. Jackie has matured, but still needs her crutches. Michael, well, a drug dealer is human, I know, but his deceit is for me would be beyond unforgivable. The fact that Ms. Cazzola could evoke such passionate opinions from me proves she knows how to draw her readers in with dark and edgy hooks and great writing.
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