True love, a book review: “Not Today, But Someday” by Lori L. Otto

Emi, who due to the sudden breakup of her parents has moved in the middle of the school year, has stopped believing in love. Her first friend in her new hight school is the rather artistic Nate, who is desperately searching for love, or at least physical satisfaction. As the story unfolds the two narrators quickly find each other more or less consciously attracted to the other. The reader is wondering all along how long will they be able to resist one another, after all there is something special about their relationship.

Not Today, But Someday by Lori L. Otto, first published in 2012, is set in 1995 and the prequel to the Emi Lost & Found Series. From the start the reader is in the middle of the story, we don’t know all the details, but once a question can be thought of the answers is surely waiting somewhere close. With the diary style of Emi and Nate telling the story in constant alternation, one does not grow tired of it, actually I grew curious, wanting to always know what either Emi or Nate were thinking and feeling about a given situation.

In my opinion nothing negative can be said about Otto’s story. Just maybe that it was written in such a way that I read it quicker than I wanted. The ending marked by promises and being quite promising for the rest of the series, I am curious to find out what will happen next in Nate’s and Emi’s adventure.

Book review written by Solveig Werner of Not Today, But Someday by Lori L. Otto, third edition 2014, first published in 2012 by Lori L. Otto Publications.

You can connect with Lori L. Otto on her blog

Life in a French small town ~ a book review and recommendation of “Chronicles from Château de Moines” by Evelyne Holingue

After his mother lost her battle with cancer, Scott, his younger sister, and his “hippy” father move from California to rural France. In the fall of 1970, in the small town of Château de Moines a new life starts for all of them, far away from the ghosts of their past. Scott quickly adapts to his new life, he becomes a regular customer of the towns café and even discovers some sides of the town that are even unknown to the locals. He attends football games played by the children of North African immigrants.

One of the people with whom Scott develops a deep friendship is Sylvie, a girl longing to own a pair of Levi’s jeans, who loves to listen to American music and has many dreams she does not dare to voice. Sylvie is at first annoyed by the presence of Scott, all she can think of, is his smile, his movie star smile. Thus, she tries to avoid even listening to her favourite music.

Chronicles from Château de Moines is a beautiful book by Evelyne Holingue, it is told through the eyes of the French girl Sylvie and through those of Scott, who dares to perturb her everyday life. Written in a diary style, this book is fun to read (even if you are not of the age group it is for…), and the reader feels as though they have known both of the narrators for a long time. The sharing of their most intimate thoughts, worries, and memories do help with this identification process.

But Chronicles from Château de Moines is not just the story of 12 year olds worries. It is a portrait of rural France in the 1970s. People are worried about what is hippy and groovy (American) and what is foreign and unknown (North African immigration). Life’s negative sides such as fear, mistrust, sadness, and warfare as well as more positive ones such as friendship, love, trust, and peace can be found within the pages of this book.

Many lessons are transmitted through this story. For example the book encourages the reader to pick up where they gave up, like Scott who quit plucking his guitar strings, as well as to be brave and have confidence in one’s talents, such as Sylvie, who is pushed by her friend to make her voice heard.

I can wholeheartedly recommend Evelyne Holingue’s book. I always feel that sometimes important lessons and messages are very well, maybe even best, if transmitted through the voice of a child character.

Book review by Solveig Werner of Chronicles from Château de Moines by Evelyne Holingue, Burel Press, 2014

You can connect with Evelyne on her blog. Last week, I reviewed her other book Trapped in Paris, please check out that review too.

Where you can find Chronicles from Château de Moines 
On iTunes, here it is currently for free, until Labour Day (Sep. 7th 2015)
Amazon UK, Amazon US