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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel by Petra March is a story that begins with an intriguing line: “Mina Automne danced through the pain until she managed to turn it into pleasure.” And that is an awesome way of introducing a ballerina, a woman with a terrific dream and an artistic soul. Her energy and beauty draw Neal Medwin towards her. Neal’s entrance into her life is a distraction that could take her away from her resolved course. But she lets him in, tempted by his sweetness, but can she handle the darkness within his soul? When their friendship grows into love — fragile as it is — an unexpected discovery hits, ruining everything Mina has hoped for. Question is: Can Neal let go of his past and fight for this woman?
Petra March writes with a lot of wisdom and her story is filled with emotion. The characters are genuinely flawed and readers can easily connect with what is human in them. There is a fine sense of the tragic woven into the fabric of this story that many readers will connect with, and I particularly loved the way the author explores the workings of the hearts of her characters. The story is rich in emotion and intensity, fast-paced, and cleverly plotted. There is no way the reader won’t fall for Mina, and Neal can sometimes be very annoying. Yes, he is annoying and he is the character who will remind readers of the pessimist in them, of the broken part of their history, a well-crafted character. The prose in A Different Kind of Lovely is crisp and exceptional. This is an engaging story with a gripping plot and characters that are as memorable as they are compelling.