For Renata

For Renata[PDF / Epub] ★ For Renata By B. Robert Sharry – A 40 year old journal holds a secret that sets Mark Valente on a search for Renata the love of his uncle's lifeThe journal chronicles Peter Ahearn's isolated life as keeper of a nearby lighthouse and A year old journal holds a secret that sets Mark Valente on a search For Renata the love of his uncle's lifeThe journal chronicles Peter Ahearn's isolated life as keeper of a nearby lighthouse and his passionate and dangerous love affair with the young Renata But the Portuguese beauty denies everything leaving Mark to uestion whether anything his uncle wrote is true Now he must connect past to present and piece together a picture of what really happened decades beforeand he must grapple with his own burgeoning infatuation with the now middle aged mysterious Renata. Just finished For Renata by B Robert Sharry and am grateful for having been swept away to another place and time to experience an intoxicating combination of love and loss hope and despair and the strength of the human connection Set in the late 1950’s and carrying through the turbulent 70’s before gracefully transitioning to present day For Renata bridges the gap between those adhering to cultural and societal norms and those who give in if just for a moment to the whims of the freely soaring spirit within As readers we experience the trepidation of a young girl coming to America for the first time and seeing the land of the free through innocent eyes yet jaded heart We practically feel the spittle of the scornful striking our cheeks as we mourn the loss of youth in a wounded and broken newly returned Vietnam vet And we stand on the sidelines clutching hands as the lives of everyday folk are tilted topsy turvy by the capriciousness of events which rise like the ocean’s tide to engulf them The interweaving of lives and hearts between multiple generations contrasting cultures and emotional circumstances is masterfully done and leaves the reader often aghast at life’s cruelties and subseuently breathless with the anticipation of it’s goodness I won’t be found guilty of “spoiling” just know that one should buckle up and prepare for unexpected twists and turns that will demand rapt attention until the very end I truly enjoyed this novel and am looking forward with great anticipation to seeing of Mr Sharry’s work By all means pick up a copy if you haven’t yetand perhaps a packet of Kleenex as well just in case ; You should know I've been a friend of BRobert Sharry since he was a scabby kneed urchin in long grey socks We're talking six years at least He came to fiction writing as a second career and I think it's fantastic that he's published his first book which alone deserves five stars He's a great person to hang out with because he's a natural story teller What we've been fortunate to enjoy in a bar or restaurant – inventiveness imagination comedy romance and originality – we now have on the page I read this in its original short story form some time ago and wondered privately can I be bothered to read the same story across 300 pages? But I felt I should and I'm glad that I did What's happened is that the characters get space to really come to life because B Robert has a talent for believable dialogue which joins the dots of the narrative He could eually well write plays or for the movies because he lets his characters do the talking So if you enjoy reading fiction which invites you to develop your own relationships with the characters you'll enjoy Brian's writingIf I could have given him six stars I would but only because he managed to give a shout out to Mrs Butterick an ancient food writer with whom he is bizarrely obsessed This clever story is a bittersweet romance with a little mystery tossed in Due to Sharry's talented writing I was pleasantly surprised by the ending Sharry's characters are sympathetic deep and endearing I felt a connection with each of them; felt joy when they were happy and feared for them when things looked bleak Bridey Gallagher in particular was my favorite I want her to be my friend Although there were a few disorienting moments when the timeline jumped from past to present overall I was hooked as Peter and Renata's relationship grew and the characters evolved The Portuguese culture Sharry mixes into the story felt authentic and created a nice atmosphere It was something different for me and I enjoyed it a lotI would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance especially as the mystery element elevates it to a different levelI won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but I was not asked for a review or rating This is my honest opinion I got this book through the giveaway program I can honestly say I wasn't expecting much from this book it's the same I do for all the books I get through the giveaway BUT this book was amazing It was like I was being swept away into this completely other world I don't remember what the uote is right now but there is a uote that pretty much says if an author has to describe how a character feels to the reader and the reader doesn't just automatically feel it because they know the characters so well then the author failed B Robert Sharry nailed this one I felt what the characters were feeling I'm not one for spoilers so you'll just have to read the book for yourself But this is definitely a book that will sit on my bookshelf to be read again and again as soon as it will be new to me once again I would definitely suggest that people get this book and read it I've nothing bad to say at all Perfect beach reading This is a part romance part mystery novel with lots of great Portuguese flavor I'm not much on romance books normally and this is not a bodice ripper by any means but the author does such a great job of making you care about the characters and their lives that it's impossible not to care about them as you go through the book and to root for a happy ending I will say without getting into spoiler territory that the ending is satisfying not at all cloying surprising and just rightand as a die hard mystery reader I do need my justice at the end if possible I will look forward to by this author A good readI enjoyed this book very much Although I am not a big fan of romance the suspense had me reading the whole book in one sitting I especially liked it for it's geography I live on Plum Island and am very familiar with the area's mentioned Have traveled route 127 many times through Gloucester into Magnolia Taken boat rides up the Annisuam First I would like to say thank you as I won this book through goodreads giveawaysFor Renata was a very enjoyable light romance book with some mystery mixed in The author did a great job keeping my interest through the whole book I found myself really wanting to know what was going to happen next The ending of the book was also great I would love to read books by this author Loved loved the story I loved the generational jumps and the characters I could see the scene in my mind throughout I'm a sucker for the self imposed isolation by the hero He didn't want her to look at him different after what he'd done so he took off and lived alone since he couldn't be with his love In the end there is forgiveness for all and live that lasted through the years of separation Loved it For my tender hearted friends there is some swearing and sex Couldn't Put it DownI started reading this book in the morning and except for a few breaks I have now finished it late at night Obviously the story was one that held my attention The author has a way of spinning a tale that makes you eager for the next chapter The characters come alive and I felt their pain and their joy Well worth reading Wonderful love storyAlmost did not read this bookI have had it a while and had only read the prologue which did not appealafter reading the reviews and seeing someone else said the same thing I decided to give it a chanceso glad I did because it's such a beautiful story