Recently, I read the relationship between my characters, Olivia Moreno and Ptolemy (tolemy) Verenis, in "True Season of Love," is fictitious. Why? Because Greeks marry Greeks. This might have been true in the past, but today, it's a fallacy. Today, a large number of marriages in the Greek community involve a non-Orthodox.
There are no exceptions when love is involved. Why? Just look at the statistics on interfaith and interracial marriages. Marriages are taking place outside the church, and across ethnocentric lines. People fall in love and get married. Absolutely!
In my novel, Olivia has doubts that the relationship will last. But Ptolemy realizes that Olivia is his soul mate.
With him, there is no hesitation or restraint. His gut feeling tells him Olivia is the one. And he has the confidence and freedom of expression to articulate how he feels. Simply put, he loves her. This is true life. There’s an exception to every rule. When it comes to love, we can know nothing for certain. Please see reviews below.-- Urenna Sander
A MUST READ!!!
Wow...! What a fantastic love story. When I got the book and saw that it was 426 pages, I was scared I was going to get bored. This is definitely a page-turner that will hold your interest on every page. This is not your typical romance story, when you read one you have read them all with a change of names. This is a well thought out European romance story that will capture your heart, leaving you wanting more. I enjoyed Olivia and Ptolemy’s story. They had realistic issues to deal with just to be together. I am not going to go into details because I want you to read the book. You will not be disappointed. This is my first book by this author and she did an excellent job. Ms. Sander is an excellent writer and storyteller. Well done Ms. Sander. I look forward to your next book. -- A Satisfied Fan
True Season of Love
By Urenna Sander
What do women want? Urenna Sander can tell you exactly that. Hang on to your manhood boys and make room for the real men to step to the frontline. After your woman reads this one, you just might lose her.
Every woman desires to be swept away and experience love like Olivia Moreno, the heroine in this absolutely inspiring masterpiece. Every thought, every sense, every note of adoration written appeals to a woman's sense of desire and makes you want to hold out for the loving reciprocation from the opposite sex that you knew possible in your innocence. Curl up with a bottle of wine — yes, a bottle, -put the children to bed and 'check-out' for a while as you ride this one all the way to the finish line (and don't worry, it's definitely a smooth one).
Excellent characterization, a fluid storyline, drama, hope, love and deceit, all set against a lush Parisian backdrop (you can almost smell the baguettes), make True Season of Love a breath of fresh air that awakens nostalgia within the feminine spirit. I guarantee you, in due time, (we can't wait to see what she comes up with next) we will all have started our Urenna Sander collection, on the shelf above Danielle Steele.
TRUE SEASON OF LOVE is a wonderful love story, which encompasses severe problems the lovers have. Will they be able to overcome them?
In addition to being a love story, it also teaches lessons about how we deal with other people; the race issue included. This book was a real page-turner.
Reviewed by Alice Holman of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
Posted February 1, 2010, : Wow....!!!! What a fantastic love story. When I got the book and saw that it was 426 pages, I was scared I was going to get bored. This was definitely a page turner that will hold your interest on every page. This is not your typical romance story, when you read one you have read them all with a change of names. This is a well thought out European romance story that will capture your heart leaving you wanting more. I enjoyed Olivia and Ptolemy's story. They had realistic issues to deal with just to be together. I am not going to go into details because I want you to read the book, you will not be disappointed. This is my first book by this author and she did an excellent job. Ms. Sander is an excellent writer and storyteller, well done Ms. Sander I look forward to your next book. — Foxy TF
March 5, 2010:I read some of the book this evening - I'm on Chapter 8 where Ptolemy takes Olivia to the south of France to pick strawberries. It's just started to rain and Olivia is frightened... and we'll see what happens! My kids started fussing and then it was time for their baths, then bedtime, and now I'm doing laundry and working on a research project. I have to say that I would very much prefer to be curled up reading the rest of True Season of Love. Every time that I can sneak in a few minutes to read the book, I get sucked right back up into the story. I am very impressed with the book and wish you the very best success as an author. —C. Knowlton, M. D.
Posted November 7, 2010 Comments: Dear Ms. Sander, I was going to write a review on Amazon, but that would not have been enough, I needed to reach out to you personally and tell you that your novel has touched my soul and that you have created a man in Ptolemy with a love that penetrates time and space. His endurance with Olivia was remarkable, his declarations and actions. There are many instances I could state but the one that I will carry with me forever (gosh there are so many) is when he was looking at their bed and describing the intricate bed coverings that would keep he and Liv warm. I wept. I have just finished True Season of Love and I am suspended in time, place and space. Your novel was amazing. I (like many others) would sneak away to steal moments with Olivia and Ptolemy, to be back in their world, making sure they were ok and still dodging hate and thriving. As in real life, the gut punches and surprise twists were overwhelming at times. My senses were on overload. It sounds so silly but I lived with them, heard, ate, tasted and loved with them. You are amazing, the characters were amazing and you brought the 60s back in Technicolor. I wish you well, good woman, and I hope to see Connie's story soon. But, given the thoroughness of Olivia, we will wait. Please don't let it be long. I crave to know how Olivia, Noemi, Ptolemy, Eleni (ok, everyone) is doing. God bless and keep your mind.—Kim Barnum