Title: The Romantic
Author: Felix Alexander
Genre: Literary Fiction, Romance, Poetic Fiction
The Romantic is a love story about friendship, passion, and the echo of unrequited love.
Hadriel Alighieri has harbored a secret love in his heart for his entire life. It began in his youth, when he fell in love with his best friend, Sophia Paula. After Sophia leaves for America and is later betrothed to Joshua Abrams, Hadriel is devastated, but he is a hopeless romantic.
In the winter of his life he is haunted by the memory of Sophia Paula. When the Angel of Death comes for Hadriel, the journey begins. From his deathbed, he travels to the day he fell in love. He retraces the steps of his life in search of his unrequited love. For she too harbors a secret love in her heart. But what begins as a journey to fulfill a promise turns into a discovery of the only emotion that defines our lives.
Did she wait for him?
Love, in its purest form, is what binds us to this world.
The Romantic opens with the Angel of Death coming for Hadriel and his one thought is finding the love of his life, Sophia. He yearns to be with her and the mood instantly changes to one of heartbreak and pain, pain that only comes when you are apart from your soul mate.
So the journey begins and as Hadriel moves through his life memories, we get an intimate view of Hadriel’s romantic soul and his search for love. He meets his soul mate (or love of his life) at the tender age of twelve. But when he makes his feelings known, she runs away (with her family) to America. Heartbroken, Hadriel spends the rest of his love pining for Sophia and the love he craves to share with her.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a literary romance that touched me so deeply. The author understands what it means to give your heart and soul to someone, only to have them desert you. You’re left to pick up the shards of glass that used to be your heart, forever scarred.
The POV is mainly Hadriel but about halfway through, it switches to multiple POVs. It didn’t bother me because it was seamless and I didn’t get lost. It was just a surprise because I wasn’t expecting it. The POV shift does flow with the story and I understand why the author did it.
When I finished the story, I hugged my e-reader to my chest and sighed happily. Poetry danced in my head and the lyrical prose I just read absorbed into my soul.
If you’re a fan of Love in the Time of Cholera and Like Water for Chocolate, you’re going to love this book!
Hadriel. He reminded me of myself. Although I didn’t meet my soul mate until I was in my early thirties, I was a heart-broken romantic, always searching for love and only seeming to find anything but love. Hadriel’s poetic soul melded with my own and I could relate to him in so many ways. I cried when he did and I yearned when he did. Even the sex was pure poetry.
“Akin to when he had embarked on his quest to find her, because even though heartache and torment threatened to dissuade him, nothing allowed Hadriel to forget Sophia.”
My Rating: 5 stars
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Felix Alexander (1976-Present) is a Mexican-born, American-raised novelist, and poet of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.
Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include: Dear Love: Diary of a Man’s Desire, a collection of love letters and poems; and The Romantic, a novel.
Being third-generation military, after a grandfather and uncle who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War, respectively, Alexander is proud of his service in the U.S. Army, and grateful for his experience.
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he embarked on the long and arduous journey of a writer. Having made a name for himself during his tenure, serving his country, he vowed to himself and his fellow soldiers that he would answer his true calling.
In the last few years, he has also penned a historical fantasy, a mystery thriller, and a cozy mystery while he completes an Upper MG fantasy to nurture his children’s love of reading. He is currently seeking representation for all three completed novels.
When not spending time with his children, a son and daughter, he journeys through the portals in his extensive, personal library. When he returns, he immerses himself in his writing, and pursues the scent of his muse.
Felix looks forward to beginning the sequels for his three completed manuscripts, soon!
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WordPress – https://felixalexanderwriter.wordpress.com
Website – http://www.felixalexanderwriter.com
Reviewed by: Mrs. N