The Exile

Romance - Contemporary
328 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2019
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Author Biography

Gregory Erich Phillips is known for telling aspirational stories through strong, relatable characters that transcend time and place. His debut novel, Love of Finished Years, which Publishers Weekly called “beguiling,” won the grand prize in the prestigious Chanticleer Reviews international writing competition. His novel, The Exile, recently won first place for mainstream fiction in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest.

Phillips, considered a renaissance man, uses his diverse life experiences to enrich the characters in his novels. He aims to shine light on universal truths through the hero(ine)’s journey.

A professional mortgage consultant by day, Gregory is also an accomplished tango performer and musician having appeared on stages from Seattle to New York City. Among many other interests, he especially enjoys singing, cooking, and the great outdoors. He lives in Seattle, Washington with Rachel: his wife, his tango partner and his muse. Visit Gregory at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Leila Del Sol worked at Arizona Prime Path Mortgage and was happy with her job. She had a successful career and everything was going according to what she had planned. It wasn't easy being a curvy girl and living in Phoenix and that weekend they were celebrating the company's annual awards dinner. Her boss Samantha's attitude towards her changed when told about her pregnancy. Her move to Santa Fe with Ashford, the father of her daughter, Cristina, gave her joy, and it was a break for her from the real world. Her world turns upside down after her affair with her boss's son comes out in the open and she is deported back to Colombia. Leila had a past before she left for the United States and she wants to return before people there become aware of her presence. Will she be able to go back and join Ashford and her daughter Cristina?

The Exile by Gregory Erich Phillips gives readers glimpses of living in a third world country and how the people there dream of life in America to escape from their living conditions. It is a story about deportation, financial crisis, hatred, love, family, and relationships. The author knits in a love story against the setbacks of the mortgage business in Arizona and connects it with the problems and challenges Hispanic immigrants face while living in America. This love story is poignant and heartwarming, with a fine blend of historical as well as contemporary elements. There are some interesting twists in the plot and all the characters have been well-defined, making them relatable and palpable to readers. The story is fast-paced and that creates suspense and a sense of urgency while reading.