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A Line Between Friends by Michele Vanort Cozzens
Michele VanOrt Cozzens' first work of fiction. Her prior books are "I'm Living Your Dream Life" and "The Things I Wish I'd Said."
|Publisher:||Sandy Point Resort|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)|
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A line between friends was an awesome book that addresses the universal experiences of college life and the relationships we develop during those times, especially that special one we all experienced. I felt I was transported back in time and was able to relive my high school and college experiences of the 1980s. Dorm life, our first rental apartments, our boyfriends and girlfriends walking into and out of our dorms and lives , our envy and jealousy of our roommates boyfriends and girlfriends was right on. Michelle described college life with precision!!! Detailing Rappelling at the local state park and even to the point of 'plugging in statistics into the mainframe computer shows how detailed, accurate and precise her writing and description of college life was. The focus was on a relationship that develops first in high school then in College and then when lifelong decisions are made. Can we still be friends with those who were more than friends in College? I loved the line "I occasionally wondered what had happened to Joel, but my relationship with him had become like last semester's notebooks, stored in the closet of my memory." In her book Michelle opens that locked overflowing closet of stored memories from college we all have locked away and it flows out for us to relive and experience.
Written by former journalist Michele VanOrt Cozzens, A Line Between Friends: Can a Man and a Woman Remain Friends After Each Marries Someone Else? is a different kind of romance novel. A Line Between Friends poses the question: Can former lovers remain friends, even when each one is happily married to someone else? Joel Rolland and Noelle Moncada, close since childhood and lovers for one night, share a friendship spanning twenty years - until Joel sends Noelle a terse, three-line letter requesting that she end all contact. Confused and hurt, Noelle tries to make sense of the ultimatum it is her loving and supportive husband who points out the that the changes wrought in Joel's and Noelle's relationship when they crossed the line of being 'just friends' have far-reaching consequences. A thoughtful, moody novel about the complex dynamics of human relationships, highly recommended.
In the beginning is the letter-- 'Please don't write to me or call me anymore.' In the end-- the same letter, but so much more happens in between. Michele VanOrt Cozzens has written a riveting novel about the deep love and friendship between Noelle and Joel-- two searching souls, who touch one another's lives in tenuous ways, but never fully culminate. The pursuit to discover their final denouement, keeps the reader at a page turning pace. Told in dual voices, we hear both versions of the same episodes, giving deeper insight into each character. In high school, 1977, Joel firsts sees Noelle from afar-- 'I stared at the copper-headed cheerleader-- a girl with skin as translucent as tissue paper.' Noelle later recalls meeting Joel-- 'He was beautiful. Blond and fair faced,¿ and after meeting a second time, now college freshmen, ¿We developed a friendship that I believed would last forever.¿ We follow both, as they meander through college, move to different cities, weave in and out of other loves, even marriage, but never truly lose that strong connecting thread of unbreakable love and friendship. A gifted writer, Michele gathers you into whatever world she so aptly creates, whether college dorm life, or a new place of employment. Her characters emit their own distinctive language, variegated living quarters-- colorful expressions of each era, from the 70's to the 90's. We know them, we follow them, till their last possible meeting, still wanting more. For anyone who has had both a friend and a lover, this book will help you understand why it is so difficult to maintain the separation. You may even want to read it over again, or pass it on to a lover-- or a friend..... Ludmilla Bollow - (Author 'DR. ZASTRO'S SANITARIUM' - Behler Publications) .