A Different Kind of Lovely

A Novel

Fiction - Literary
352 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2018
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Author Biography

Petra March is the Award Winning Author of the A Touch of Cinnamon Series and of the stand-alone novel, A Different Kind of Lovely. Her book, All the Skies I will not See, is a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. The book won the 2016 Pacific Book Awards for Best Short Story, and was a Gold Medal Winner in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. The book was a Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The literary magazine Shelf Unbound listed All the Skies I will not See amid the 2015 Top 100 Notable Books.
The multi-award winning All the Skies I will not See features characters from Petra March's other works: A Veil of Glass and Rain, A Dream of Lilies:A Novella, and A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel.
A Veil of Glass and Rain was a Finalist in the 2016 I Heart Indie Contest, organized by the Las Vegas Romance Writers of America. Book Riot listed A Veil of Glass and Rain amid the 100 Must-Read Books by International Romance Authors.
A Different Kind of Lovely won the 2018 Elit Book Awards and received the Bronze Medal in the Literary Fiction category. The book was also a 2018 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Honorable Mention in the Literary Fiction genre, and won First Place in the Fiction: Novel eBook category of the 2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. The novel was also a 2018 SOMERSET Book Awards Semi-Finalist.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel by Petra March is a story that begins with an intriguing line: “Mina Automne danced through the pain until she managed to turn it into pleasure.” And that is an awesome way of introducing a ballerina, a woman with a terrific dream and an artistic soul. Her energy and beauty draw Neal Medwin towards her. Neal’s entrance into her life is a distraction that could take her away from her resolved course. But she lets him in, tempted by his sweetness, but can she handle the darkness within his soul? When their friendship grows into love — fragile as it is — an unexpected discovery hits, ruining everything Mina has hoped for. Question is: Can Neal let go of his past and fight for this woman?

Petra March writes with a lot of wisdom and her story is filled with emotion. The characters are genuinely flawed and readers can easily connect with what is human in them. There is a fine sense of the tragic woven into the fabric of this story that many readers will connect with, and I particularly loved the way the author explores the workings of the hearts of her characters. The story is rich in emotion and intensity, fast-paced, and cleverly plotted. There is no way the reader won’t fall for Mina, and Neal can sometimes be very annoying. Yes, he is annoying and he is the character who will remind readers of the pessimist in them, of the broken part of their history, a well-crafted character. The prose in A Different Kind of Lovely is crisp and exceptional. This is an engaging story with a gripping plot and characters that are as memorable as they are compelling.