The Illusion Of Certainty

The Illusion Of Certainty

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by Greg Messel

"The Illusion of Certainty" follows two parallel storylines. Marc is a successful businessman who seems to have everything-a great job, a beautiful wife, a house in an upscale neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and two great kids who are preparing for college. But something is not right. Marc is unsettled by the sudden change in his wife, Aimee, who seems distant and…  See more details below


"The Illusion of Certainty" follows two parallel storylines. Marc is a successful businessman who seems to have everything-a great job, a beautiful wife, a house in an upscale neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and two great kids who are preparing for college. But something is not right. Marc is unsettled by the sudden change in his wife, Aimee, who seems distant and unhappy. What is going on with her?

The second storyline involves a successful young attorney Alexandra Mattson. Alex, as she is called by her friends, meets a handsome young cop, Sean, during an unexpected crisis in her neighborhood. Sean and Alex seem made for each other and begin to merge their futures in a world of uncertainty.

The only certainty in life is that we will face uncertainty. Despite all of the technology and controls available in the modern world, sometimes the only comfort comes from the human touch.

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Sunbreaks Publishing
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The Illusion of Certainty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SeekerJS More than 1 year ago
I had taken my time to read this book, was a friends recommendation. It was a slow start but things certainly got better and better, few grammar errors here and there, but overall a nice story to chillout and read. The story is about struggling in life, how hardships can surprise you and how the main characters deal with their own hardships in a unique style. Must read.
glenngoodlander More than 1 year ago
Greg Messel has, I think, an interesting personal story which is what makes this story most moving. He was diagnosed with cancer in his past and thankfully continues to live now cancer free. However that proximity to his own mortality where any slip, avoidable or unavoidable, could be his last. Messel has something to say, thankfully due to self-publication he can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Illusion of Certainty is a great story, but I was seriously fascinating with the author's writing style. As a writer, it is difficult to incorporate two stories into one story without any confusion, but in The Illusion of Certainty, there was no confusion. This book definitely had a flow of profound literacy. It's a good read!
p_pPP More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. This book keeps you believing in romance. This book is in two different story lines and it keeps readers engaging. This book includes heartbreak, plot twists and turns that all kept anyone engaged and invested in finishing the book. It's beautifully told, touching, and inspiring and expressive read.
KaleyEvans More than 1 year ago
The Illusion Of Certainty is author Greg Messel's third novel. Messel outline the story of two average people, who experience a little more adversity and hardship than most people. The first story, is about Alex, who is young lawyer in Oregon who falls in love with a police officer who helps him after his accident. The second story is of CFO Marc, who appears to have a wonderful life, living in an upscale neighborhood married to his college sweetheart. But things go awry when his wife's behavior suffers a rapid change. The point of the two stories is to show readers how easily life really is anything but certain. You don't want to miss a page of Greg Messel's The Illusion of Certainty!
Susola More than 1 year ago
The Illusion of Certainty by Greg Messel is an interesting read. It is the tale of two broken-hearted people who lose the one they love most, and who believe they will never find happiness again. Yet it is through their loss and despair that they find each other. This is not a sappy romance about star-crossed lovers. The novel accurately portrays the parallel lives of two people living in the same city, who don't actually meet until in London on vacation a few years later when, with their guards down, they are able to let each other in. Can their individual journeys result in the same destination? You'll just have to read it to find out. I couldn't put this book down.
SW24 More than 1 year ago
"The Illusion of Certainty" is one of those romance books that does not make you go yeah right get a life! This book is a lot more real. Real problems, with possible real people. I think this book shows what we all go through in life. There really is no certainty with anything in life. Despite what we all want, life is uncertain. Sometimes we do need to go back to basics, and just be without the interference of technology. At the end of the day, we only have each other.
texasgirl76 More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed reading this book "The Illusion of Certainty"; it was a wonderful romance story that makes you think about what is important in life. Not everything in life is certain and the one thing that does matter is the human connection. With all the technology that is available in the modern world, it is hard to remember that sometimes the only comfort comes from the human touch. "The Illusion of Certainty" is one of those books that I would recommend to anyone; it really is a great read!
M_R_Shah More than 1 year ago
The Illusion of Certainty is a genuine portrayal of what life truly is. Inspired by the uncertainty that one is experiences upon knowing they are afflicted with a terminal disease, Greg Messel tries to show that all individuals are in the same boat. Nothing is certain, and that is the only certainty. Two parallel stories merge into one in a book that features adversity, disappointments, mistrust, high school sweethearts, chance encounters that blossom into love and the gauntlet known as the rollercoaster of life. In a world immersed in technological innovations and the hustle and bustle of the modern era, the couples in this story help individuals revisit the one tangible that is ever present between humans: the human touch. The Illusion of Certainty shares the same flavor of love that is present in his second book Expiation, imbue with realism. Messel's work ignites thoughtful discussions and encourages readers to remember that human warmth and love is the driving force in life.
Msclassy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading the romance book and this is one of the good romance stories. Despite all of the technology and controls available in the modern world, sometimes the only comfort comes from the human touch and it's true. I will recommend this book. The Illusion of Certainty is a book that will satisfy your mind and will be one that you pass on to other book-lovers. Great Read !!
livingdedgrl More than 1 year ago
Is anything certain in this world? Greg Messel reminds us of one thing, love is still the driving force that IS certain after all. Through twists and turns, plots and subplots, Marc and Alex experience love and loss in this beautiful and complex romance. A great read...beautiful and expressive. Romance on the truest human level.
KalieLyn More than 1 year ago
Everything in life is uncertainty. You never know when something unexpected is going to happen and even expected things can turn into uncertain events. The Illusion of Certainty is a novel based off the actions and trials of real life. Greg Massel engages the readers with a story that is well composed and will keep you reading from start to finish. As you follow the normal lives of Marc and Alex, two different people with two different stories, you realize the unexpected twist that can come at any point. A recommended read, The Illusion of Certainty is a book that will satisfy your mind and will be one that you pass on to other book-lovers.
GabrielNA More than 1 year ago
Great book that combines two different stories. Messel reaches to the reader and re-fines romance. Perfect for the romance enthusiast or those who have given up on the idea, this book will make you re-think! Highly recommended!
Mama-of-a-Dozen More than 1 year ago
The two stories that weaved throughout this book, were realistic stories that affect so many homes and families today. One is the story of Marc, a successful business man married to a beautiful woman named Aimee who is also a successful, busy nurse. They have college aged children and live in a beautiful home. Marc is still very much physically attracted to his wife, and he cannot understand why over many months period of time she is denying him, until he finds out she has been with his best friend. The other story-line is also about another successful person, a female attorney named Alexandra or, Alex, for short. She meets a handsome young cop, Sean, at an accident scene where a dad had run over his baby with his car. She thinks she can handle what she has encountered and goes back to work, only to find her mind in a whirlwind in all that she has gone through. I appreciated the author understanding post-traumatic syndrome. Though fiction, so much could be related to as the author also goes into depths of the uncertainty in our economy when everything seems to be crashing around us, including stable jobs and business that had more than enough work to wondering if they will make it. The author writes of the uncertainties in so much from relationships, families and job. Most of my book reviews are of Christian books. This is not a Christian book, yet realistic of life, with "life" scenes and language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greg Messel can show you. wow what tales of heartbreak and love... I was taken in immediately and read straight through. Two very distinct stories that couldn't be any more different. Marc is losing his grip on his marriage and Alex loses the love of her life. I got choked up on several occasions. Great book
Lynnette_Phillips More than 1 year ago
Greg Messel leads us through a convoluted and involved plot line - or is it more than one plot line - populated by multifaceted and complex characters looking for comfort and control in this uncertain world. Can the healing touch of another be enough to help take us beyond the hurts life has in store for us?
Nicole8080 More than 1 year ago
Living in such a digital world, it is often hard to remember that what is most important in life: relationships and simply, the human touch. This remarkable story follows two couples, each in a completely different place in life, and tells the story of their love/relationships. While one couple seems blissful and has it all, something just isn't working,the other couple tries against all odds to make their own situation work out of love. Messel does a great job of writing human emotions that jump off the page and affect the reader. I truly recommend this read.
AllBooksRevealed More than 1 year ago
As more writers self-publish their work, the overall quality of writing in the publishing world seems to decrease. Because so many writers submit their manuscripts to publishers and publishing agents every month, I would imagine that numerous would-be authors also receive rejection letters in the mail because their manuscripts were not good enough. The reasons are many. Among them are: poor grammar; poor use of punctuation; telling and not showing the story; use of passive voice; etc. Unfortunately for Greg Messel, The Illusion of The Illusion of Certainty is another novel that should have been edited before publication but was not.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is - John Allen Paulos Most of us try to carefully monitor and control the events of our lives. It has never seemed easier. Or so we think. We have so many electronic tools to coordinate our schedules, instantly stay in touch, book restaurant reservations, buy movie tickets, buy books, buy furniture, buy clothes, pay bills, do banking and stay on top of the pieces of our daily existence. It makes us feel like we are in control. It makes us think we know what our children, co-workers, spouses, and friends are doing. Then something happens that we do not expect. There is a serious illness or a death. There is the loss of a job or an economic downturn. People and events behave in ways we did not expect. Suddenly we think there is uncertainty introduced into our well-ordered world. But what we fail to recognize is that the uncertainty has been there all the time. (Prologue). Two sets of lives will meet at a cross roads that will intersect the participants and adversely affected their lives forever. In the novel, The Illusion of Certainty by Greg Messel, the reader is in for quite a treat. Not since such great classic romance stories like Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail, has there been such a great writer who can create romance and inspiration out of the characters he pulls the reader into the lives of. The novel opens with Marc Wilson, a resident of Portland, Oregon, a successful businessman, happily married and on the verge of seeing his oldest son off to UCLA and his daughter to follow to the University of Oregon a few years later. However Marc has been noticing some changes in his wife Aimee. Besides working late nights at the hospital, she hasn't been the same all summer. She's distant, distracted, and avoiding Marc for some odd reasons. She chalks off his questions to just being so tired with her job, but Marc feels there is something more. Seeking the advice of his best friend since college, John Robertson, a successful doctor, married to Tina along with their two daughters, they spend a Sunday afternoon golfing where Marc unloads his concerns to John. He advises that they all take a trip, just the four adults to their beach house in Cannon Beach, without the kids to help Aimee get away from work and get back in touch with Marc. It all seems like it works after a long weekend, until late one night while picking up his car, he sees Aimee heading into an underground parking garage at a local hotel, while she's supposed to be working late. What he finds there, will change his life and the path it's on forever. Next we meet, Alexandra Mattson, a successful attorney in Portland who finally meets the man of her dreams, Sean, while saving the life of an neighbor's daughter. Sean is the police officer who responds in more ways than one. After making sure Alex is well enough to return home, he asks her out and finds out that she has saved more than one life that day. She just saved her own as she begins to fall hard for Sean. I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Greg Messel for my honest review and once again we have a grand slam, out of the park, home run with this romantic fiction. Set in various locations around Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, London, England, and even Paris, France, the reader will be captivated in a perfect story you will not want to put down until you finish the last word on the page. 5 out of 5 stars!