To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she'd spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.
Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she's usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something...more.
Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.
Something that can never, ever be.
“For as long as man has been around, he has felt governed by the stars. But I do not believe this to be true. The stars may place us in each other’s paths… Perhaps we were all fated to meet, to be here with each other – but it is up to us to decide to shine or not. The stars are not unreachable. They are not untouchable. and they do not control us. …Design your own universe, make your own stars, write your own stories and create your own destiny.” – Mateo
Love, In English is a love story of another kind where love tears families apart and guilt threatens to destroy everything in its path. It begs the question is love worth it?
Vera is a college student on summer break who takes the opportunity to spend a month in Spain teaching English to professional minded Spaniards who need to improve their language skills for the international business world.
Mateo is a respected athlete and business owner who happens to also be a dad and husband. His heart belongs to his young daughter but he no longer has feelings for his wife.
Love, in English felt very authentic, like I was reading a real life story instead of a work of fiction. In preparation for the infidelity I knew to expect, I started creating acceptablescenarios in my mind that would justify Mateo’s infidelity. My heart wanted a painless situation but being true to herself Ms. Halle never once took the easy road as the story unfolded. The gamut of emotions I felt, from the prologue to the epilogue, left me totally engrossed with Vera & Mateo’s unconventional love story.
“What is love? In English?” -Mateo
“Love, in English is love….” -Vera
“What is it in Spanish?” -Vera
“Love in Spanish is you.” -Mateo
The story behind this picture; when my paperback arc arrived in the mail, my son came up with the idea to make me look like the book cover. I convinced him that his sister would be a better model. He deserves all the credit because it was his idea plus he took the picture and did the editing.
Release date: April 22, 2014
***Thank you, Karina Halle, for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.***
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