Sunday, December 09, 2012
What We Leave Behind
Here's a first novel I highly recommend. This is honest, powerful writing at its best, targeted especially at any woman who has ever wondered what might have been.
~ James Grippando, NY Times bestselling author.
The debut novel What We Leave Behind by Rochelle B. Weinstein chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees herself from the past and moves forward with her future. At sixteen, Jessica is managing the emotional trauma of her father’s death while surrendering to the profound pain of a failed first love. Jonas Levy, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, has abruptly walked out of Jessica’s life after an intense summer romance, and the wounds are still raw. Is it possible to ever forget the boy you first gave your heart to? Jessica eventually moves on and, in her twenties, becomes a successful music supervisor in Los Angeles. She marries film producer, Marty Tauber, starts a family, and appears to have it all, until things slowly begin to unravel. The marriage struggles through a miscarriage and becomes harder and harder to sustain. With an unexpected phone call from New York, a secret from Jessica’s past comes to light. As the rippling effects of her betrayal emerge, Jessica finds herself caught in the firestorm of long-hidden emotional trauma. Thrust into a modern day moral and ethical dilemma, Jessica must face the pain of her past or lose everything she holds dear. Will she be able to reconcile old feelings in time to salvage her marriage? An honest, tender, and poignant portrayal of love in its many forms, this heart wrenching novel will resonate with any woman who has questioned her past and wondered what could have been.
Compelling...the story's twists and turns generate real tension, and Weinstein renders Jessica's feelings with enough complexity that her ultimate decision carries emotional weight...[Weinstein] tells a good love story.
~ Kirkus Review
Each word of What We Leave Behind invokes raw emotion as we are brought deeper into the soul of a woman that can be any of us. This moving story will echo strongly with any woman has had to face love and loss, life and death, and everything in between.
~ Wendy Stone, Long Island Woman
About the Author
Rochelle B. Weinstein began her career in the advertising and marketing fields before starting an illustrious career in the music industry in South Beach and Los Angeles. Since then, she has been writing for various clients worldwide on a consulting basis. She resides in Miami, Florida and is happily married with twin boys. What We Leave Behind is her first novel. The Mourning After, her second novel, will be released in 2012.