Running away from a marriage proposal by her longtime boyfriend, Gloria Grant leaves Melbourne for the United States without telling a soul. She has been offered a job working with traumatized horses on a ranch in Wyoming. What she finds is a ranch owner steeped in personal grief who does not want Gloria near her horses. Without any other options Gloria stays on the ranch to do her job.
I sank down into The Lines of Happiness and allowed myself to wallow in the fullness of the language. The story of grief, loss and discovering love in an unlikely place is exquisitely written. It reminds me of the elegance of Jane Rule’s writing in her novel Desert of the Heart.
Di Pierro must be blessed with a third eye as her novel speaks of life, grief and love in meaningful poignancy and perception.
Underneath it all, The Lines of Happiness is a haunting love story slowly evolving from the devastation bequeathed one family. It is not a typical romance novel encompassing endless activities and interactions between the main characters. The Lines of Happiness is a deep dive into our motivations and self awareness as we fall in love. Something I am sure most of us have forgotten over time. This is an essential reminder.
I received an advanced review copy from Bella Books through NetGalley. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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