Céleste has been on a downward spiral ever since her parents’ death. Using Europe as her personal playground she runs from her past, love and herself. But someday she will have to face it all. And ‘someday’ may come quicker than she wants.
Karolina, your preferences state you are attracted to books with social observation, relationships and interesting settings. IF ONLY YOU KNEW embraces those same passions. Raised in an abusive home, Céleste must deal with her grief in the aftermath of her parents’ horrific death. Eager to abandon her past and reinvent herself, she leaves her native Québec to become a European Tour Guide. There, she guides large groups from the Red Light District to the Acropolis, yet doesn’t know her own direction in life. She recites detailed histories from Paris to Istanbul, but cannot face her own past. And when love stares her in the face, she does what she does best – she runs, ignorant to her emotional speed bumps along the way. No matter how far she travels, she cannot run from herself. She must decide, does she want to be a victim to her past? Or a victor for her future?
Similar to the character in your published book COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett, my protagonist, Céleste has to come to terms with her losses and guilt and learn from their ripples.. IF ONLY YOU KNEW, is a work of women’s contemporary fiction set in Europe, complete at 100,000 words. This is a stand-alone book, or a part of a series.
I was born in Québec, Canada. I had an unbelievable adventure leading tours through Europe and Russia. And just for fun, I continued to travel for 5 years through Australasia, China, South Africa and India. I studied in Canada, England, France and the USA. I taught ‘Abuse and Neglect’ and ‘Women across Cultures’ in American university. I’ve infused my rich experiences in all my writing. I presently live, love and laugh in the United States.
Thank-you for your time and consideration.