"What I feel has no name..."
Suanne Laqueur's award-winning debut novel The Man I Lovethrilled readers with its memorable characters and depth of emotion. Erik Fiskare's journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story.
It's been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he's chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik's unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John "Opie" Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again.
Laqueur skillfully weaves flashbacks to the college years with Daisy's present life. Supported by John's patient affection, she works to separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. As her professional accomplishments lift her out of depression, Daisy learns to hold onto her accountability without letting it become her identity. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me.
In this parallel narrative, Laqueur peels open the beloved characters from The Man I Love to reveal new and complex layers of vulnerability. The scars from the shooting are deep and pervasive within this circle of friends. Like Daisy, they are trying to evolve without being fully resolved. But when questions from the past go unheeded, you alone must find and give your answers true.
“What I feel has no name.”
I finished this book in tears. Not because it was sad. SO much comes to light with this book. The devastation in book one changed everything. But in this book, although a parallel narrative, heroes you never expected rise from the ashes. The human spirit is challenged and wins. Love is lost, forgiven, and found. Similar to the first book, this story is nothing short of life changing.
“When someone shares the happy stories of their life, its always beautiful. But when someone shares their pain with you, its almost more profound. More valuable.”
Give Me Your Answer True is Daisy’s story. We are immersed into Daisy’s life. The moment she meets Erik. The moment she falls in love. And most importantly, the moment where Daisy makes a grave mistake that would forever alter the trajectory of her life for years to come. The author fills in spaces in the book you never knew existed, but were so vital to truly understanding the deep layers of this story.
“I dance in the light he makes and the warm heat on my skin- that’s him. The lights are his love.”
If I had any doubt at all about the love between Erik and Daisy, those doubts are long gone. Their love is so overwhelming. Relentless. Unyielding. Their love is ultimate. Their love is felt through every word of this book. Every page. And the author allows you to feel their love. In so many ways. As this is Daisy’s story, we are allowed within the depths of her heart. And soul. We watch her fall deeply in love. And we experience the love, pain, regret, and devastation of not having Erik in her life. We see her hit absolutely rock bottom. And we see her rise and fall and rise again. No matter your feelings about Daisy at this point, you can’t help but feel inspired by the resilience of her spirit.
“Nobody scars you but me.”
This is NOT the same story as the first book. It’s so much more than a retelling. I am saddened that I almost missed out on this simply because I wanted to hurry and read (obsess) over book three. I wanted to find out what happened next. Do not cheat yourself out of this spellbinding experience. This book is JUST as important as the first one. You are simply moved by the compelling complexity of not only the characters but the story as well.
“I love nobody and nothing the way I love you.”
There are some powerful scenes in this story. Many that we already know about, but again, the author makes it different. These scenes feel different. There is a certain love scene that simply left me breathless. Erik and Daisy are so raw, vulnerable, open. It had to be one of the best love scenes I’ve ever read in my entire life. You cannot help but become emotionally invested in this story.
“Look at me.”
“I see me.”
“Look at me.”
“Only at you.”
The author is such a skillful writer with a talent that is simply unparalleled. If you read book one, you know how everything ends, yet the author masterfully weaves a story to allows the reader to experience the story all over again as if for the first time. Her writing is truly poetic in that the depth of the emotions are found within the very words of this book.
“I know. I want to remember the falling.”
Give Me Your Answer True is a must read and further solidified my wonderment of the talent of this author and her words. Her story. And her characters. To say I was moved would be an understatement. I think this story rocked me to my literary core.
Suanne Laqueur’s first novel, The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Its other 2015 accolades include a gold medal for Best Debut Author from Feathered Quill Book Awards and being named a finalist with the Kindle Book Awards.
Suanne graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010 and now blogs at suannelaqueurwrites.com
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