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  "The purpose of my life is not to get what I want. The purpose of my life is to become who I am."    — Cara       THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS:   Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away A Memoir by Cara Lopez Lee Conundrum Press     The first thing to intrigue me about this book was the title.   And it's fun that I can even get the t-shirt.   The second thing was the similarity of Cara Lopez Lee's THEY ONLY EAT THEIR HUSBANDS to Elizabeth Gilbert's EAT, PRAY, LOVE.   But though the two women are on journeys of self-discovery, their paths are as different as night and day.   One was searching for validation; the other was plotting her next escape.   Cara Lopez Lee's memoir is brutal, honest, adventurous, and outrageous.   Readers will be both intrigued and repelled by her situations and revelations, and yet they won't be able to stop themselves from cheering for this courageous, if misguided, woman in her desperate sear


If we could, we'd leave them all-- the chronic bad boys, the frauds, the violent abusers, the unreliable, the lazy, the egotistical, the bad in bed, even the ones who pose as "good men" but have the relentless ability to turn every single happy moment into a day trip to the nearest latrine.   We hang on, looking and feeling, and taking notes right on our hearts, until we manage to be able to breathe, to stand, to tell ourselves we're not crazy.   That what we are is strong. And then, we leave.   Or we kill them. ---Mariela Estevez Kensington Fiction THE CLAIRVOYANT OF CALLE OCHO is entertaining, mysterious and a quick read.   It's a fun story about a clairvoyant whose fear of love put her in harm's way, with a cast of colorful characters and great recipes.   The arroz con sushi particularly sounds delicious, and one I'll have to try.   SUMMARY:   After two cheating husbands and two divorces that almost leave her destitute, Mariela Estevez

Book of the Month: PARISIAN PROMISES by Cecilia Velástegui

        There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved. – George Sand To love profoundly means both to soar and to dive. – Serge Libros Publishing American girls in search of amour and adventure in Paris, the City of Love, is a popular and much beloved theme. Author Cecilia Velástegui has taken an old theme and given it a new life.     PARISIAN PROMISES is a sensual, suspenseful and satisfying novel and our February Book of the Month .  The characters are passionate; the setting authentic (it’s Paris, the center of the world!); and the action quick with nail-biting suspense.  SUMMARY:  Set amid the tumultuous era of the 1970s, when radical insurgent groups plot social upheaval and guerrilla warfare at the Sorbonne, our naïve heroine arrives in Paris thirsty for romance and excitement, and gets more than she ever imagined. A California girl more at home with horses than people, Monica secretly hopes to find her “true love” in Paris; what s