The Girl in the Purple Room by Mauro Casiraghi

A woman stands silhouetted against a window in a purple room. It’s the only memory Sergio has of the week leading up to the accident that almost killed him when he was scuba diving off the Tuscan coast. He remembers nothing else about that woman, but the love he feels for her drives him to delve into the mystery surrounding those days that are missing from his memory.

Hoping to find out who she is, Sergio gives up the lonely life he has lived ever since his painful divorce. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will take him from the streets of Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Along the way, Sergio explores his relationship with his sixteen-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and his friends, some of whom understand him better than others, but none of whom can truly help him on his quest to find the woman he loves. To do that, he must dive deep into his past, all the way down to the edge where the meaning of his entire life is as precarious as a bubble of air in the bloodstream.

“The Purple Room” is a magnetic and gripping psychological drama, filled with those moments of bittersweet comedy, misunderstanding and heartbreak that all too often punctuate every search for a partner. A journey of self-discovery, in which a deep and uncompromising self-awareness goes hand in hand with the universal desire to find someone to love.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

“Intense and moving. Delicate like the touch of cotton sheets in the summer. A page-turner, kidnaps the reader with impeccable style and storytelling worth a prize.” – Booksblog

“Casiraghi’s style is smooth, tight and spare.” – Il Corriere della Sera

“A deeply human journey, both painful and magnetic. (…) A bittersweet ending which leaves you with food for thought and a half-smile on your face.” DG MAG

“A craftily-woven plot that sucks the reader in with the pace of a psychological thriller, for such becomes Sergio’s life, filled with questions, traps, revelations, all leading to the final discovery of oneself.” Stilos

“The story unfolds in a gripping and suspended atmosphere, where euphoria, desperation and self-doubt come together in equal measure (…) Casiraghi’s novel is like a mirror where, beyond the twists and turns of the plot, the reader finds another tale to identify with. It is one of those stories in which, even without accidents or memory loss, each one of us can become the main character and, in the end, must come to terms with the past…” Liberazione

“The Purple Room runs on two tracks: on one hand, Sergio’s present life, the aftermath of his failed marriage, the bittersweet conflict with his teenage daughter, the comforting presence of his close friends; on the other, the stubborn search for the image of a woman he cannot forget. These tracks are joined together by a clever alternation of tenses. The present tense gives us what Sergio sees in front of his eyes, like a photograph. The simple past makes us dive into the narrator’s mind, where his memories are kept. At times, the two tenses blend together in the same paragraph, bringing out with great force the dream-like texture of this novel.” Sguardomobile.it

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mauro Casiraghi was born in Milan, Italy. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing in Montreal, Canada, and publishing his first short stories in English, he went back to Italy to work as a successful screenwriter for cinema and television. He is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of interviews on the art of writing. His first novel, “The Purple Room”, received the Carver Prize and Carlo Cassola Prize for literature.

Author: Mauro Casiraghi

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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God’s Crazy Parlour of Sweet Consent by Dean Moriarty

“Come look through this window to see what isn’t there where we have dates that simmer in the sun and we have barracuda timing and ideograms in the points of rust to shake your gates as you yawn,” said the Sultan selling dates.

Author: Dean Moriarty

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Football and Fairy Tales by Sabrina D. Guthrie

As Dewbridge High’s new quarterback, Devin Gibson finds himself the most popular boy in school. His senior year should be the highlight of his life, but his home life is anything but stellar. A transfer student, Dakota Hall, finds herself in another small southern town moved once again by her gypsy parents. Home is a foreign term she’s not familiar with until she finds herself face to face with the boy that may change that forever. Will their paths lead them to the happiness they both deserve or is fairy tales and happily ever afters just a myth?

Author: Sabrina D. Guthrie

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Faces in the Shadows by Gregory Harvey

Artist, photographer, and editor Stanly Le Haley faces the onslaught of multiple sclerosis and subsequent legal blindness. He has been image oriented all his life, but now realizes he will never again see anyone or anything clearly. As the disease progresses he lives in expectation of complete vision loss. But the three women he encounters—his neurologist, a professional colleague, and a public school teacher—discover that his scars run deeper than the optic nerves. Each in turn attempts to woo him from his lifelong guilt over simply being part of the human race.

Author: Gregory Harvey

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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TRUE by Nick Apuzzo

Kindhearted Enzo Voltolini has never found his soul mate. Now in his forties, this chef-owner of restaurant La Mia Famiglia is resigned to the idea that he’ll never meet that special magical woman and have a family of his own. On a clear November morning he crosses paths with an enigmatic stranger and is struck by ‘the thunderbolt’, an attraction as inexplicable as it is overwhelming. In the weeks that follow, Enzo discovers that tasting the unknown and risking it all can be a sweet and dangerous journey.

TRUE is a story of aloneness and family, of struggle and the triumph of love in everyday life. It could very well be the story of any of us.

Author: Nick Apuzzo

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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WHITE ROSES IN THE WINDOW: Book Two: The Blackfriar Cozy Mysteries by M’LISSA MOORECROFT

Secrets. Blackmail. Justice.

Tatiana Zhukov was dead now, and most residents of The Blackfriar Apartments breathed a little easier. They could relax, nobody would spill their secrets.

Until one day a few months later when Marissa Cruz had a note slipped under her door demanding a lot of money or else…White roses in her window would signify she’d got the blackmail payment ready.

Marissa thought she was the only victim, until she saw the white roses in three other windows.

Someone stole Tatiana’s notes the night she was murdered, and now they were planning to be a lot richer at the expense of the residents of The Blackfriar Apartments, unless they were stopped, of course.

If you like Leighann Dobbs and H.Y. Hanna, you’ll love White Roses In The Window by M’Lissa Moorecroft.

Buy it now and start enjoying Marissa play a game of cat and mouse with the new blackmailer.

Author: M’LISSA MOORECROFT

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Diamonds & Desire: (The Priceless Collection #1) by Angelita Gill

Diamonds & Desire, Book One

Jordana Shaw thinks taking her sister’s place at a charity auction will be a fun alternative for a Saturday night. Little does she know this favor will change her world forever. Before the night is through, she’s got a diamond necklace in her purse, an unconscious handsome millionaire in bed, and an unbelievable story to tell him in the morning.

It’s not every day a man is rescued by a woman he just met. Logan Savant is not only grateful to Jordana, but also surprisingly enchanted, and eager to return the favor. Little does he know it’ll start with a trip to Vegas to stop her sister’s wedding. But that’s just the beginning. Because bringing her into his world is costing more than he’ll ever have in his bank account.

*Warning: this story contains graphic language and explicit sexual content. Not intended for readers under 18*

Author: Angelita Gill

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Tess Awakening: The Complete Story by Andres Mann

Tess Awakening – The Complete Story combines two previously published novels: Tess Awakening and Tess Valkyrie. Since the second novel is a sequel, the combination provides the full story of Tess’s confrontations with the fascinating villain Amir.Tess and Amir continue to square off in an epic struggle to define their destinies. Aided by Jake, Tess’s friend and co-pilot Carmen and their colleagues, Tess must overcome Amir’s vicious attacks motivated by his continuing obsession with her. They repeatedly clash in a succession of encounters taking place in Baghdad, Amman, Istanbul, Sorrento and New York. Tess’s friend Carmen finally meets her soul mate in Nicola, who helps her overcome the traumas of her youth and becomes a valuable member of their team. The two women respond to their challenges by drawing on their skills as fierce warriors, battling Amir, who not only hurt Tess but plans to take over the Iraqi government. Their struggle leads to a series of violent and bloody battles in the air and on the ground. A heartbreaking loss at the end is redeemed by a final poignant resolution.

Author: Andres Mann

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

It Had To Be You: Bundle by Van Kim Le

Join in the fun of two fast-pace thrills and spills adventures of love at first sight…Love makes you do crazy things.
Dr. Walker Anderson is a practical guy, a highly skilled surgeon and an upstanding member of society. With his worldly possessions sold, he prepares to embark on a noble mission trip to rural China. He never thought such adage of love could apply to him until he spots the love of his life from the window of a bus one fateful day. Commitments are abandoned and important life decisions are put on hold as he devotes his days to learning a new skill, that of a Peeping Tom.
Globe-trotting Jared Hayes has often been asked by friends and family whether he is running toward or away from something. It is a question he hasn’t been able to answer. After another exhaustive trip, he has had enough of airplanes and exotic locales. He is looking forward to being in his own bed and sleeping through the next couple of days. But a passing glimpse of the love of his life has him crossing the Pacific running after his heart on a trip of a lifetime.

Author: Van Kim Le

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews