Review: Sunstruck – Mayra Calvani
Daniella has always done her best to make the most of the life she’s lived. She’s dealt with her father leaving at an early age and an ex-husband who blames her for his past failures. Her mother seems to think that there’s something more meaningful waiting for her out there, but only if she allows herself to see it. Unfortunately, she’s not willing to live by someone else’s rules other than her own.
Immersed within her architecture studies, Daniella yearns for a life where she doesn’t have to wait hand and foot on men who seem to think she’s some sort of doormat. Her most meaningful relationship has been with her cat, Commando, but she knows he doesn’t really count. Her boyfriend, Tony, seems to be immersed within his own little world, looking forward to his paintings whenever possible. At times, she swears off men and tells herself that she’ll eventually do something about the situations she now finds herself in. Yet as the days go by, nothing changes and she finds herself back at square one.
Her ex-husband soon introduces her to his new wife at a soiree one day, causing her to contemplate as to what the man actually sees in her. She’s old and scrawny and she reminds her of the female version of Dracula. Then there’s the fact that there’s an odd smell about her, one Daniella can’t quite place.
When Tony garners an unexpected success, Daniella realizes just how different things are between them. His passion is his art and he doesn’t really take any notice of her. Deep inside, she yearns to have him show her a little more affection than he’s shown her in the past. Yet as he immerses himself within his ultimate passion, she knows it’s the one thing that will never happen.
Daniella begins to spend more time with her mother and her best friend, Mari Carmen. Both women are unique in their own ways and offer her the support she needs, here and there. Yet when things start taking a sordid turn on the island of Puerto Rico with someone cavorting about as the masked Zorro and an entire forest’s mushroom’s disappearing out of the blue, she begins to wonder just what’s going on. At times, she feels like she’s loosing her mind and she’ll do anything to gain the clarity within her life she’s definitely lacking. The question is, how can she do just that when her entire life is stuck within an abyss of her own making?
This quite an intriguing. At times, there were parts of it that confused me since I felt that it took a bit for the story to really come together. Most of it, at the beginning, was spent in helping us learn more about the characters and the world’s they lived in. This is is fine and dandy, but I felt that too much precedence was taken in doing so. The story definitely takes flight mid-way where we learn more of the elusive Zorro and Ismael’s double-dealings. This book, while a little strange, is entertaining and certainly worth a read.
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About The Author:
Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to satire to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. She has lived in America, Asia, the Middle East, and now lives in Brussels, Belgium.
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