By (author): Felix Alexander
“An interesting premise, but also incredibly sad and thought provoking.” ~Writer’s Digest
“Beautiful, visual, and sensual.” ~J.R. Biery
The Romantic is a love story about friendship, passion, and the echo of unrequited love.
***Review by Kelsi Grace of Vantage Point Book Reviews***
The Romantic is an intelligent, poignant novel about romantic love, missed chances, and a life lived in search of the happiness that comes from finding one’s other half.
Hadriel Alighieri is struck by Sophia Paula’s beauty the moment he sees her–though he’s only twelve years old, it’s love at first sight. When Sophia’s father asks Hadriel to teach Sophia to play the piano, Hadriel jumps at the chance, and over the next six years the two become best friends. Hadriel harbors his deeper feelings until the time for his mandatory military service comes, but his profession of love doesn’t go how he hopes–and as the years pass, both Sophia and Hadriel search for love with others, but never find it in as true a form as they had for each other….
I liked how the novel begins with Hadriel looking back over his life, in the presence of the angel of death; it gives the book an immediate touch of sorrow and heartbreak, as well as some mystery. The reader wonders just what happened to Hadriel and Sophia, and will find out as the story weaves on. I also liked how the author slowly begins to introduce Sophia’s perspective, so that she becomes not just Hadriel’s love object, but a fully developed character in her own right, with her own regrets. And for me, there’s just as much sorrow in Hadriel’s relationship with Celeste–both he and Celeste have pasts too colored by their first loves to truly move forward. The plot moves slowly but beautifully, in large part due to the author’s descriptive, lyrical writing style–lines like Hadriel being “the ghost of her [Sophia’s] heart” are lovely and bear repeat reads.
I’d recommend The Romantic to readers who like novels that deal with the complex themes of love, life, and how the choices we make reverberate through both.
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Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include: Dear Love: Diary of a Man’s Desire, a collection of love letters, and poems; and The Romantic, a novel.
The release, and increasing popularity of his debut novel has earned Felix a growing audience. With the assistance of the Independent Author Network, and GoodReads, his online presence has gradually expanded across social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Authors Database, Google + andTsu.
Being third-generation military, after a grandfather and uncle who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War, respectively, Alexander is proud of his service in the U.S. Army, and grateful for his experience. After his honorable discharge, he embarked on the long and lonely journey of a writer. Having earned a reputation during his tenure in the military, he vowed to himself, and his fellow soldiers that he would return to the civilian world to answer his true calling.
In the last few years, he has also penned a historical fantasy, a mystery thriller, and a MG fantasy to nurture his children's love of reading. He is currently seeking representation for all three novels.
When not spending time with his children, a son and daughter, or fielding 9-1-1 calls as a police dispatcher, he journeys through the portals in his extensive, personal library. When he returns, he immerses himself in his writing, and pursues the scent of his muse.
Felix is currently writing a cozy mystery and also a literary romance. He looks forward to beginning the sequels for his three completed manuscripts, soon!