It really is darkest before dawn.
And in the darkest time of her life, Olivia meets Jude West and with each page turned, there is a steady, mild excitement as to what and who Jude West really is and the events unfold into something achingly clear, something familiar to us all. Jude’s story is our story, Olivia’s pain and hope is our pain and hope and this is what separates Leppert’s novel from other fiction and literature…the genre is quite unclear.
The Unlove-able Pieces
Before leading into the juicy goodness of this amazing novel, one must be warned it starts off depressing, dramatic…and full of intrigue. You get a peek into Olivia’s stream of consciousness because she is the one telling her story (1st POV). In the first forty or so pages, she tells us about her mother, shows us how much she hurts and she tries to take it all away with pills. Although very dramatic, this piece in the story is very important for those suffering loss, low self-esteem and bouts of depression- Warning: Do Not Kill yourself, there is hope.
The Very Love-able Pieces
At this time of Olivia’s life, she meets Jude West, her neighbor who asks her many questions about herself and gives vague ones about himself. All she knows is that he is the mysterious guy who brought her to the hospital the night she tried to end her life. It’s not enough that he has dimples and bright green eyes; he seems to genuinely care for her and do many things for her that those who she loved her, have not done in so long. Yet the interesting part happens much later when Olivia finds herself drawn by Jude’s looks, his charm and his mystery and then for a second time she is hurt and depressed and he is the cause of it, inadvertently.
Reading this reminds us to think about how there is always someone there who loves us unconditionally and are usually found in the most unlikely of places.
Quote:“To hear that even back then, when I didn’t even know he existed yet, he felt something for me” (Emerald City: Alicia K. Leppert, 2012, p. 195)
If You Like…
Halflings or Twilight, you’ll love Emerald City
Norfolk, Va readers…seeing emerald green behind your eyes already? Get ready March 10, 2012 for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Emerald Ball. See more at: http://www.norfolkparade.com/events.html
Bonus: What does Emerald City mean in the book? From the title you think you would be introduced to the Land of Oz and in a way that is true. When Olivia looks into Jude’s sparkling, bottomless emerald eyes, she swears she sees a place there- a city where she wants to be. Also the title could be referring to how Washington is full of green places and this is where the novel takes place essentially.
Alicia K. Leppert
Published: Cedar Fort (April 2012)
*This uncorrected proof was received for review from Cedar Fort via NetGalley for my unbiased review.