La Fortuna

The Wheel of Fortune

Fiction - General
187 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2017
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Author Biography

I am an Australian writer. I have published a collection of short stories Of Life and Shadows, which is available as an e-book on Amazon.com. La Fortuna is my debut novel.
My themes are about dysfunctional relationships within the families, partners and friends and the situations that bring up the best and the worst within us.
We all have the same pool of emotions stored within us, fear, love, hate, the whole range of them and different ways of dealing with them. One thing binds us together: we all want to see the purpose and give the meaning to our lives. That is what inspires me and I write about.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

La Fortuna: The Wheel of Fortune by Vera Zegarac is an engaging story that explores one woman’s journey to finding true love. When the twenty-seven-year-old archaeologist and professor, Carla Blumberg meets Eric Schottel, a lawyer twelve years her senior, the attraction is mutual and they quickly fall in love. In spite of Carla’s mother being a controlling freak, Carla is hopeful she’s found the love of her life, but things start going awry the moment she discovers she can’t have a baby. Carla knows things can never be the way she’d always wanted. Her marriage slowly deteriorates and escalates into a painful divorce. Follow her story as she develops new friendships, navigates with her ailing mother, experiences loss, finds real love, and ultimately settles with the man of her dreams.

Vera Zegarac injects a deep sense of humanity and pathos into the writing and this immediately awakens the finest sentiments and emotions in readers, compelling them to identify with and care for the characters. Carla’s journey is a difficult one and readers will sympathize with her as she struggles to build a good relationship with her mother. The author introduces the conflict right off the bat and the reader is pulled in by the psychological and emotional intensity of the conflict. I enjoyed the pacing and couldn’t wait to find out what happens to the protagonist. The author has a gift for creating a setting that readers can easily visualize. The writing is great and the dialogues read naturally. La Fortuna: The Wheel of Fortune is intelligently plotted, intense and absorbing.

K.J. Simmill

La Fortuna: The Wheel of Fortune by Vera Zegarac is a romance, but it is so much more. Uma and Carla had been friends from a young  age, but their lives could not be more different. Uma's parents were loving and supportive, even when her love life saw her move to France with her husband. Carla, however, fought desperately for just a sliver of approval; she gave up her dreams to stay with her mother. Only once she had gained strength from her therapist she had done something purely for  herself,  archaeology, yet her mother had made her disapproval abundantly clear. Carla was desperately lonely, fearing she will never find love as her friend had. But then she met Eric, and everything seemed perfect. Eric's family wanted an heir, and yet fate seemed against them, their torment driving a wedge between them. Some time apart seemed just the thing, and with a dig opportunity in Turkey, Carla finds just the way to give them time apart to heal. But will absence make the heart grow fonder, or will out of sight become out of mind?

La Fortuna: The Wheel of Fortune by Vera Zegarac is a wonderful tale about life. I call it a romance because ultimately it is about finding love, but it is also about Carla finding herself as the book follows her story through a number of years and major life events. This is a great read, a story about Carla trying to break free from the oppression and mind-set forced upon her by her upbringing, and finding love and happiness. As with real life, it is messy and things don't always go to plan. I found myself really empathising with Carla, hoping for things to turn in her favour. I loved the turning points  in her life, from marriage, to strife and finding someone other than her faraway friend Uma to confide in. This could very well be a true life story, and it is packed with emotions. Vera Zegarac has a clear skill for this genre and narrative. From beginning to end, this is an amazing story. I really enjoyed reading this.