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Love lessons?

I always fall in love with Lidmila's characters. She has the ability to put a soul, however imperfect, into her protagonist. And you cheer for that character even when you see she is doomed by her love of Love.

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All the boys and men love Irene

Irene has a problem: too many men to love and be loved by. How to be true to them all? By loving them all, Cheating on them all, It makes perfect sense! To Irene, anyway.
The author immerses the reader into Irene's life and loves with her unique storytelling ability.

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A study in love

Here we have the author showing a more serious side of herself as she delves into the relationship of the reader and the read. How one can fall in love with a character, and wish to change the fate of a character (because we care), to change the writing of one's life, but to no avail.

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THE HOUSE OF LUCIE

The heroine, a young woman spoiled with the love of too many men, is on the verge of succumbing to the loneliness brought on by her fickle heart. The author infuses her heroine with a very lively nature - she practically leaps off the page, into your heart.

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Intense romantic loss

In these stories we feel remorse yet none, we feel the meeting of life head on, without being knocked down. No masks, no illusions, not even the illusion of love, which is the tragedy.. Excellent writing.

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Love as Musical Chairs

Irene, or Laura as Beda calls her, is now as adroit at changing lovers as other women are at changing their shoes. And yet in her heart she's sure that she is faithful to them all!
Told in a breathless present tense, this continuing series will steal your heart.

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My Foolish Heart is captivating

A romantic girl loves too strongly, and yet not strongly enough. She wants everything love has to offer, and then more! A tragedy of longing. Lidmila doesn't write the words but brushes them on in colors of heart and soul.

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Lovely snippets

I enjoyed the writing in these snippets, these splinters, very much. such emotion in the words!

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What does she really hold?

Clarissa, what dream is this, this story told. Diamonds from stone? Or stone from diamonds? I sense them both. Gained and lost.

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Innocence in a whirlwind

Rounded characters brought to life by their flaws, their innocence, their mistakes, their longing. Clarissa is a kite whose string has broken. No telling where she'll land. Watch as the wind takes her where it will. Forget the imminent crash - the wild flight, the treetops, the masquerade of clouds, the faces looking up in wonder, this is all that matters.
Bravo!

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A Contemplation of Longing

How much is real, how much imagined, in our daily lives? How much does our desire distort our perception of the world. We are all looking for a "hit", a moment that takes us out of our mundane existence. I think this is the message behind the story. Off to the movies!

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Closeup of a doomed, uninhibited romantic

I enjoyed how the author let us peer into Sylvia's mind, experiencing her doubts, her faults, sensing her reckless stabs at love would cost her dearly.

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Her Love boat is racing towards an iceberg

Sylvia connives yet the world connives right back, leaving her with wedding cake crumbs! Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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Love poem with a sour bite

Nostalgic, romantic, bitter - a looking back while knowing it couldn't have been any better, nor worse.

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Woman in search of Love's essence

Sylvia isn't afraid of love or sex, or the truth about either, she just can't tell one from the other!
The author writes much like Jackson Pollock painted. She builds up a moment in your head then hurls it onto the page, each short chapter a vivid splotch of emotion and personality, as only a genius could!

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Heart-wrenching tragedy

The powerful tale of a young woman who pays a hefty price to be true to herself. Poetic, realistic, and beautifully sad.

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Cold War coming of age tale

Another world-class triumph of writing by the author - in this book we learn from a very personal point of view the fight of individual freedom and style against the dictatorship of conformity. At the same time we are entertained by a revealing coming of age tale in Prague during the Cold War.

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Worldclass Story told by a Master

This story, of one woman surviving the Cold War with her soul intact, is told in an incredibly personal way. A fine telling from the inside out. A world class telling. Take the time to read it - you'll be glad you did.

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Powerful Characters

Not my favorite by the author, but definitely has strongly etched characters that keep your interest in their spiraling downfall. Adult content.

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Should be a novel

I like what's in the story, but can't rate it as highly as I would like, because this really should be a novel, not a short story.

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A great love ghost story

In this, the final book in the series, Irene matures (or goes mad?) for the love of all her men.
As in the prior books, the reason to read is to immerse yourself in the life of a woman who personifies the love of falling in love, of being in love, of having the heart broken, of breaking the heart. And in the end, of hanging by a single thread of love.

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Reaching Crescendo

This series is such an entertaining tale - a young woman who is irresistible to so many complicated men. You think Irene will mature but no, she's so high on love for all her men! I highly recommend.

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Irene's kiss can stop the world

So desirous, this young lady, that all the men are interested, and once kissed, they cannot say No to her slightest whim. A love story. A tragedy. A whirlwind bottled up in a teenage girl.

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A love story that collapses around them

The author takes her lovers Irene and Beda to a dream place but they cannot stay for long, as their past, heavy with reality, stalks them. Irene is fully aware of the tragedy surrounding this dream, the dream that the two of them could be together, living happily, as she listens to the lyrebird in her mind.

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A wild ride

To read Lidmila, to get to know her vivacious characters like the tragic Magda, is to suddenly find yourself on the bare back on a wild stallion who is tearing over rich landscapes of romance and youth and love or the illusion thereof, all along knowing you can't hold on forever.
The book finishes with a fury, with many wonderful things said, many truths, ugly or otherwise.
Greatly enjoyed getting to know Magda!

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When too much is not enough

Irene is both Lolita, the too young lover, and Laura, the unobtainable lover worth obsessing over. Her loves are several, young and old, rich and poor, living and dead. It is telling that Irene finds pools claustrophobic - she would have the entire sea!

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