R&R Book Tours is so pleased to kick off the tour for this 5 star novella about a toxic friendship, I bet so many of us can relate to!
I really enjoyed this one!
I don’t often read short stories because a lot of the time I am left dissatisfied. It takes a very strong writer to develop a good story with fully fleshed out characters, the complete picture, and an enjoyable conclusion that not only ties up all lose ends, but also leaves you wanting more. But in a good way, not because the story was vague or incomplete.
This author is excellent at delivering these well-written firecrackers that always feel like full-length novels. “My Sweet Friend” is no exception. I highly recommend you give this one a go.
My Sweet Friend (Release Date: December 6, 2017)
A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.
We all make up stories to understand the world around us and our place within. We often believe what we want to believe and consciously or unconsciously interpret what we see and what we hear from a restricted perspective. Furthermore, outer appearances and life’s circumstances equally tend to influence and challenge the story we tell ourselves and others … which in the case of ‘My Sweet Friend’ ends up taking on different versions because – to make matters worse – one of the main protagonists is also a liar. (Helene Leuschel_
She ended up taking me to her stylist, and a few boutiques to change my classical outfits into more flamboyant and daring ones. She was being so kind and attentive that I wondered whether I could have muddled up the incident.
‘You’re like my mum was when I was a teenager, taking me to shops and make-up displays, thinking she could pep up my looks,’ I said.
‘She didn’t do a very good job, did she?’ She winked, her words leaving a sharp pain of hurt.
‘If you say so,’ I said eventually, my eyes focused on a row of buttons running down a tight fitting red dress. ‘You never mention your family. Visibly, they’ve done a better job.’
‘Oh, my parents,’ she answered dismissively, her tone of voice flat. ‘It’s complicated. We talk from time to time but we don’t have much in common. It’s a shame really, considering I’m their only child, but I don’t care now.’ It was all she ever said.
‘I couldn’t imagine… that’s so sad, Alexa. My mum and I are very close.’
‘Please don’t,’ Alexa said, her eyes lowered and lips twitching as if she were about to cry.
‘Oh, Alexa, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you.’ She looked up at me with an empty stare and nodded.
‘Fine. Just don’t mention it again,’ she said coldly, slipping back into the changing room without another word.
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About the Author
Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches yoga.
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