Love's Illusions

Love's Illusions

by Jolene Cazzola


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Chicago, 1971. A marriage broken. A second chance at complicated love.

Jackie Moretti always believed in fairy tale endings, and true love. A promising art student in Chicago in the early 1970s with a happy marriage to her childhood sweetheart points to a bright future, until Jackie's world cracks in two.

Six months into the marriage, it becomes alarmingly clear that Jackie's husband Stephen is not the man she thought she married. Even when confronted with overwhelming evidence, her husband cannot admit the truth and blames Jackie for the destruction of their relationship... trapping her in a forbidden love. She tries to cope with the pain by taking on a new job at a local bar, diving into a series of one-night stands, and numbing herself with drugs.

Sexy, bad boy mechanic Michael Nowak grabs Jackie's attention from their first encounter. The small-time dealer provides both sex and drugs to distract Jackie from her downward spiral. When their feelings turn from lust to something more, Michael gets roped into a larger-scale criminal operation than he ever thought possible. Can their love survive depression, regret, and struggles of the heart or will the second city swallow them whole?

Love's Illusions is the first installment in a series of women's contemporary love story fiction novels. If you enjoy books set in the early 1970s with compelling characters and immersive writing, then you'll love Jolene Cazzola's debut novel.

Buy the book today to see if love can overcome the struggle within!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519148025
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Love's Illusions , #1
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

I'm a first time author, but long term creative. After earning my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I spent most of my career working in social services, while dabbling in the arts on the side. During that time, I found myself in a place where I needed to know something about accounting - before long, one accounting course turned into an MBA and I was headed down a new road.

My life has not been planned. All the roads I've taken have zig-zagged between the creative and the analytical realities that surrounded me. No matter what happened, though, there has always been one constant - without fail, I found myself recreating reality in my mind, or in other words - making things up the way I wish they had been. As people or situations entered or exited from my realm, the stories I ran over and over in my mind became more detailed and real to me. But never once did I give a single thought to putting any of them down on paper. I didn't write; I created with glass, metal, fiber, paper, anything that caught my fancy, except words.

Then one day something changed, a familiar pattern emerged, but this time, words were my medium of choice. Before I knew it, the beginnings of Love's Illusions were forming on my computer. The more I typed - the more I enjoyed it. The pieces of my story were taking form as surely as if they were a piece of sculpture.
I love this incarnation! I hope you will too.
Book 2 in the Love's Illusions series is currently underway. Join me as I explore what 'should have happened next'. Join my mailing list to get news about books and giveaways at and get your FREE copy of The BackStory, a 61 page illustrated book about Love's Illusions, including character bios, wedding pictures, deleted scenes, current events, Jackie's Songs and a Q & A with me!

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