While browsing Barnes and Noble for a new summer read, I came across the listing for Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith. The beautiful cover attracted me at first, but once I read the description I was entirely hooked. This book is one of the hottest reads this summer, featuring a great discount and stellar reviews.
As stated on the Barnes and Noble website, the summary for Half-Blown Rose is:
"Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about their marriage and his own past, hinting that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin—before he moved to California and never returned.
Now estranged from her husband, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, cigarettes smoked in the moonlight, hazy evenings in nightclubs, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself loosening and blossoming.
In a journey that is both transportive and intimate, Half-Blown Rose traverses Paris, art, travel, liminal spaces, and the messy complexities of relationships and romance, with excerpts from Cillian’s novel, playlists, and journal entries woven throughout. As Cillian does all he can to win her back, Vincent must decide what she wants . . . and who she will be."
If anyone else is interested in checking out the book Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith, click the image up above! It is currently on sale for 21% off!
- On sale
- Listed as a feature in the B&N Book Club
- New release
- Great reviews
- Written by a NYT Best Selling Author
- Perfect as a summer read
I can't wait to dive into this novel. It sounds so enticing and the reviews hype it up even more! Coupled with the current discount, there's no reason not to give it a shot!