'Til the Last Petal Falls

'Til the Last Petal Falls

by Elizabeth Rose

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Overview

Jolee Bellissa is a 21 year old English major graduate living with her soon-to-be penniless inventor father, Moe, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. All that's waiting for her in this 'bubble' of a town is a relentless suitor, Gage Aristade son of a rich accounting CEO and notable playboy, and a part-time job at the local Tattered Cover. When she sees a job listing for a literature and poetry tutor for a shut-in adult student in Aspen, room and board paid with a $1000 a month stipend, she figures she has nothing left to really lose.

Adam Emile is a 33 year old eccentric artist, whose paintings' beauty is only matched by their disturbing choice of focus. Scarred by a horrific childhood and holed up in the mountains to keep from embarrassing his wealthy and famous father, he is beginning to lose all sense of reality. As a last resort, his personal nurse Chip has put out an ad on Craigslist, under the guise of tutoring, for a new friend for his patient. Will the beautiful young woman who answers the ad change Adam and break the curse of his mental depravity? Or will the secrets he harbors drag them both into madness?

A dark twist on the beloved story of 'Beauty and the Beast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985690670
Publisher: Mockingbird Lane Press
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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'Til the Last Petal Falls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A riveting modern day interpretation of the classic Beauty and the Beast story - complete with intriguing plot twists throughout. An excellent first novel, Elizabeth Rose writes strongly, provocatively and well; it is gratifying to read a modern book which avoids the sensationalism of today's publications and instead revels in the nuances of the English language. A masterful first book, I very much look forward to Elizabeth Rose's next offering!
Kristin_S_Kim More than 1 year ago
"Never settle for a fairytale." Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. During my Psychology classes in college, we discussed how various characters have psychological issues: popular cartoon characters, the cast of "Winnie the Pooh," and the vast majority of the Disney Princesses. Belle is no exception, and this book explores that idea beautifully, no pun intended. Jolee answers a Craigslist ad which sounds too good to be true, and she finds herself in the mountains of Aspen, tutoring a shut-in with some very serious issues of his own. As time goes by, she learns for and more about this man, and most of it is not good. However, she sticks by him, hoping to "fix" him with her love.  Sound like a recipe for disaster? I used to teach a rehabilitation class for men convicted of domestic violence, and this book definitely delves into that dynamic head-first. It's a real eye-opener into the lives of those involved in those situations, from both sides of the coin as well as an outsider's perspective. Comparing it to the story of "Beauty and the Beast" really adds a whole new layer to it, as most of us either grew up with that story/movie or fell in love with it because of our kids/grandkids/etc. It's a crazy thought, but the more you think about it, the more you realize Belle suffered from Stockholm syndrome as well as battered-woman syndrome, and that HEA Disney ending is not the one generally associated with those situations. Bravo to the author for writing this cross-examination of a beloved children's story and shedding some light on this serious issue while also maintaining a gripping novel. 5 stars
Momma_Chaos More than 1 year ago
'Til the Last Petal Falls is a twist on a beloved childhood fairy tale - Beauty and the Beast.  There are many many similarities -   Jolee's father is an absent minded French inventor who she takes care of much  more than he ever has her.   She is relentlessly pursued by a handsome playboy whom everyone loves (Gaston- meet Gage).  She goes off to work in a mansion cut off from all society where she is to tutor Adam (the Beast) on books and poetry.  Naturally he has a wonderful library.   I loved imagining all the various staff as each of the ones I know from the movie.  I could go on and on having fun pointing out who everyone is and how it is similar to one of my favorite Disney movies..  And then the similarities end.  Elizabeth has delved deeper and showed us the darker side of man.  Adam is a tortured soul who survived horrific child abuse, the death of his mother and being sent to seclusion in the mountains with only people paid to be there as friends and family.  Jolee is determined to save Adam with her love. To bring him out of his self-mutilation and violent mood swings.  Surely love can save anything!   Instead, as the reader, you are drawn into this abusive relationship so deeply that you feel like you are in sync with Jolee- you are the victim wanting to make excuses and defend Adam.  If you just do one more thing , or change a little something- everything will be fine.    I personally was amazed at how drawn in I was.  How I missed some of the signs and symptoms until the very end.  Even I didn't realize how deeply disturbed Adam will turn out to be and how dangerous the world Jolee has placed herself in really is.  This is definitely not a light read.  It will pull you in and force you to face the hidden side of humanity. The dark side that we chose to turn away from and pretend it's not there.  A story of child abuse, self-mutilation, and domestic violence that will wrap it's tentacles so tightly around you, you will be left gasping for breath.   I highly recommend this story and personally can't wait to read more as Elizabeth takes on other fairy tales and brings new things to light for us to see.  * 10% of all author royalties for this book will be donated to battered women's shelters in Colorado where the author resides.    This is an impressive dedication the author has made!  I hope you'll take the chance and read this amazing book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago