I was very impressed with “To My Senses” from the very beginning. At only sixteen pages into the book I felt like I already “knew” the characters.
The rich descriptions of New Orleans and it’s locals drew me into the story, which on it’s own is interesting.
A beautiful socialite from an upper class “old money” type of family meets a handsome artist from out of town who moonlights as a gigolo for the old money women that run in the same circles as our leading lady’s family and sparks start to fly! Add to the mix a list of people both in and outside her family set against the couple having a shot in the dark chance at a romance and you have fireworks!
The author’s ability to tell the story with such emotion and still give readers an accurate depiction of New Orleans that is not often seen by those other than natives hooked me completely! What is more, the underlying message of living life to it’s fullest, going after your destiny, really putting your talents to use and coming “to your senses” before opportunities for happiness pass us by, it really resonates.
Do you understand, talent is a gift. It is not to be taken lightly or discarded on a whim. It is who you are and who you are meant to be. ~”To My Senses” page 306
Alexandrea Weis’ story telling was wonderful and went in a totally different direction than I had anticipated. I immediately finished the book and opened the follow up, Recovery.
In Alexandrea’s first book, TO MY SENSES, readers see a pre-Katrina New Orleans. The socialites are still throwing parties without a care for those not in their inner circles. But, RECOVERY showcases a very different city and the tone of the character’s emotions reflect not only the hurt and growth that New Orleans has felt since the devastating hurricanes, but also what they have gone through as well.
There is not an easy way to review this book with out spoiling some major things from the first Nicci Beauvoir book. What I will say is that I was just as impressed with Recovery as I was with Weis’s previous work. I really love the way Weis brings the reader into the pages and allows them to feel things right along side her characters!
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