Published: August 13 2013
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When old and new love collide an impossibility is born.
When Lee Townsend's husband leaves on a community outreach to China, the last thing she expects is for him to never come back - for him to tragically meet his demise.
Lee goes on to marry his adversary and settles into life and business with him, merging her vineyard and his to create a worldwide conglomerate.
Five years later a twist of fate brings the past back to her and forces Lee to make a decision that will change the landscape of her life forever.
Secrets emerge, forcing relationships to be examined - magnifying the surprising true underpinnings of her marriage to both Mitch and Max.
Lee's heart is unwilling to surrender her love for Mitch or Max.
She must choose to carry forward with the past or the present.
Lee has a choice to make.
Mitch can't figure out how to win.
Max never loses.
Worlds collide in THE SOLITUDE OF PASSION.
This story is something written like a Hollywood movie. I cannot imagine having to make a decision like Lee is faced with in this book, how do you choose between the two loves of your life? Especially when you thought that one was gone forever, and you had already grieved his loss?
The characters in this book are very relate able, which makes the situation even more surreal, it felt like I could be reading about any one of us. My favourite part of this book was reading from the different characters points of view because if I didn't understand where someone was coming from, or the choices that they were making, I just waited until it was their part in the book again, and it made more sense.
My favourite character in this book was for sure Max though, he seemed the most genuine and never faltered from what he believed and what he stood for. He was there to help Lee when she lost Mitch, and he helped her run her Winery, and take care of her daughter, and didn't expect anything in return.
Mitch on the other hand, was my least favourite character. I understand that he had been in extremely dire circumstances for five years, however, the way that he came back and forced himself in the middle of Lee's new life infuriated me! I know that she was very excited to see him, and showed him some affection to him when she first saw him come off the plane and may have said things out of excitement, but when he saw that she had moved on with a new family, he should have backed off and given her time, instead he placed himself right in the middle.
I am still not sure what to think about Lee, I guess I cannot understand all of her decisions as I have never been (and will never be) in the same situation, but the way that she kept wavering back and forth between the two, I just cannot understand that. If you don't like love triangles, this is NOT a book for you, however, that being said, it is almost like an "accidental" love triangle that is unimaginable.
This is definitely an emotional roller coaster of a book, I went "awww", screamed, almost cried, and wanted to throw my e-reader on more than one occasion. The writing is fantastic, and I will be looking for more from Addison for sure, and I really think that this book would make a good movie. I can see Julia Stiles as Lee, Jon Hamm as Max, and Chris Pine as Mitch, I know that they are supposed to be younger in the book, but this is who I pictured in my head.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, I did find it a tad too long though, I thought some could have been cut out as by the end I was getting a little too fed up with the back and forth of the characters. I would give this one a 3.5/5.
Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats way too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she is not writing, she's reading.
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