PUYB Blog Tour Review: Wanting Rita by Elyse Douglas

Posted 14 August, 2012 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Wanting Rita
Elyse Douglas
May 1, 2012
261 pages
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5/5 Books

When his high school sweetheart experiences a devastating tragedy, Dr. Alan Lincoln reluctantly returns to his Pennsylvania hometown to see her. It’s been 15 years. Rita was a small town beauty queen—his first love whom he has never forgotten. He was a nerd from a wealthy family. Her family was poor. They formed a strong connection during their senior year, but Rita married someone else, and the marriage ended tragically.

Alan’s marriage of three years is disintegrating, and he sees in Rita the chance to begin again with the true love of his life. Rita has been mentally and emotionally shattered, but she reaches out to Alan and fights to build a new life with him. During a passionate summer, however, the past and present converge and threaten their rekindled love, as Alan and Rita must struggle with old ghosts and new secrets.

Author Elyse Douglas

About The Author:
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse received a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Columbia University, and Douglas attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Their novel, The Astrologer’s Daughter, was published in 2011. They currently live in New York City. Wanting Rita is their second novel.

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My Review:
Husband-wife team Elyse Douglas has created a wonderful novel! I truly enjoyed this story. It swept me away instantly and kept me engrossed for the long haul. From start to finish, this story brought something new with each page turn. It’s emotional, it’s breath taking, and it’s a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished.

Among the pages of Wanting Rita, you’ll find a story of true love and second chances. This story is not a light read, but it is a fast-paced one. It’s not a light read because the characters take the reader on a roller coaster of emotions from happiness, to tragedy, sadness and love. But, because the reader becomes completely captivated, the story is over before you know it. Alan and Rita were high school sweethearts; she from a lesser family and he from a family of means. But, sadly, circumstances drove them apart and they went their separate ways. Now, years later, Alan has the chance to reunite with Rita, the love he never forgot. The woman he still loves. Can one summer of wanting Rita and showing her what she means to him be enough? Or will secrets threaten to destroy their second chance at happiness??

I definitely recommend this 5 Book novel! You’ll fall in love with Alan, Rita and their struggles will become your struggles. This is one of those novels that’s so well written, it comes to life before the reader. I am looking forward to seeing if Elyse Douglas create more books like this…if so, I’ll be the first to snatch them up! Amazing work, Elyse Douglas! You’ve gained a new fan out of me! 🙂

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2 responses to “PUYB Blog Tour Review: Wanting Rita by Elyse Douglas

  1. Thanks, Molly for your review. AS a followup.
    WANTING RITA was based on two girls Douglas had dated: one in high school and one in college. The high school prom queen was quiet and intelligent and came from a difficult family background. He met the other girl during his freshman year in college. She was volatile, smart and talented. Both girls struggled to overcome many emotional demons. Douglas did not keep in touch with them but learned, recently, that one now owns a restaurant in a rather large city and has two kids. Brava!

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