An Exaltation of Larks
Release Date: November 22, 2016
The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel about the price of love. “We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.” September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie. September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he's long suppressed. Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11's, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship. "Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn't yours." Across three decades and two continents, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love's downfall can turn to exaltation.
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Please bear with me as I try my best to articulate how not only this book but also Suanne Laqueuer's writing and
storytelling affects(ed) me.
Laqueuer is a master of characterization
and storytelling. She lays the foundation for a character so beautifully with so much depth and layers. The same can be said about her storytelling. Her stories are not just a story with a simple premise that's been told before. No. I experienced that in The Fish Tales.
They are unique and powerful.
Here in An Exaltation Of Larks she took risks and chose topics, that were authentic and sensitive but handled them with such a care, that after I finished the book I can only bow down and applaud because of its originality.
Alex, Val and Jav were three well developed characters with so much story to tell. Laqueuer succeeded it brilliantly by letting them be a part of two very important events in history. The reader also follows these three amazing people for over twenty years.
That only strengthened my connection to them and I was invested in their journey. Both Alex and Jav were dealt some horrible cards but definitely made the
best with what they got.
Alex and Val's connection was instant.
They grew up together when Alex moved in at eleven years and they formed a bond.
Despite Alex's emotional and mentally scars, that affected him throughout his life,
he was always there for the Lark family. Especially Val.
Jav was definitely a character that
pulled at my heartstrings.
Luckily he met Gloria.
A wonderful and intelligent woman who saw the best qualities in Jav and changed his life. He was a solitary man who experienced
loss in the most tragic way.
I loved how seamlessly Alex, Val and Jav's stories intertwined with one another.
Just like the characters, I got the feeling that it was meant to be. They were meant to be a part of each other's lives.
Especially Alex and Jav they had a lot in common. I loved that Laqueuer chose to go that route and explore their feelings and the impact they had on one another.
It was obvious that both Alex and Val gravitated towards Jav but it was so much more between the two men.
I can't tell you how much I loved all the characters not just Alex, Val and Jav but also the secondary characters.
They were all important to their journey.
And that ending.
Once again I'm blown away.
Mesmerized by Laqueuer's writing and storytelling which was
poignant and extraordinary.
Flawlessly written from start to finish.
Her words jump off the pages
and take ahold of me.
Like a dance. Reading a book of hers is unlike anything else. I connect with the characters, live vicariously through them and experience everything. Suanne Laqueuer truly is an artist and this work was a piece of art.
Suanne Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews. Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.
Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com.
All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.
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