Today, I've kidnapped Kaleidoscope of Hope so I can review it.
Kaleidoscope of Hopes
by Devika Fernando
High hopes mean big disappointments. Nadia has learned that lesson the hard way. Single, struggling to make ends meet, and hurt by the past, the last thing she needs is another complication. When her new boss – a handsome, secretive widower with a child – moves in next door, their worlds collide. Sweet hopes bloom again, but both of them are burdened by tragic secrets. Should she give love a second chance?
“What about you, Nadia? Are you afraid of love?”
She stole a glance at Lucas, saw the intensity in his eyes, and anchored herself safely to the innocent white beads of the bracelet on her arm again. What a question to ask. She should refuse to answer. It wasn’t proper of him to expect one. But why did a part of her want to take this conversation further? What was in it for her?
“I am,” she whispered, realizing only after she had spoken that it was the plain truth and one of the main reasons for her unhappiness.
Did she imagine it or was his voice soft as a caress?
She took a deep breath and let the words tumble out in a rush with the exhalation.
“Because I mistook infatuation and careless affection mixed with ulterior motives for love once, and got burned. Because I haven’t given it a chance ever since. Most of all, because I still want it and long for it, and am sure I’ll never have it.”
“You don’t strike me as somebody who’s unlovable. Quite the contrary. You should give it a chance.”
I loved the way this story kept stepping back in time, revealing more and more of Nadia’s past. Turns out she’s far more than what she initially appears to be.
Then there is Lucas, so shut off from everything in his life except for his business, which he excels at. While we see occasional glimpses into his emotions, they aren’t always good, but the more I got to know him, the more he improved.
And then there is his precious daughter, Melody. You’ll love her on sight.
Devika Fernando has a gift for revealing the tender, heartfelt, yet closely held emotions of her characters. In this case, Lucas almost loses everything when he presents his feelings as something less than true love.
If you are looking for lots of action, explicit sex, or high drama, this isn’t the book for you.
But if you enjoy a quiet book of heartfelt emotions and love, with a few surprises to keep matters interesting, then I strongly recommend Kaleidoscope of Hopes.
You will fall in love with all three of the main characters. I surely did.
I give this book a gentle, loving and tender fuzzy, five stars.