One part Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.
Well that says a lot and usually I get suckered into believing this and I am disappointed. This was before I read First I Love You. It is a saga! So the story is a little complicated, but if you pay attention by chapter 3 you are sunk and stay up all night to read it. I loved Mickey and I related to him and the “family” he had to protect. I know he was in love with Mary and not Theresa. Hey, at the time they were together, in this type of family, it is expected. I know all about growing up in Brooklyn being Italian. That being said, I really enjoyed the saga. I did go to Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge, so yes it is really real!
What I loved was how the characters and story were seamless. It is important to say pay attention because the history comes up and so do a few other “family”members. It is all about loyalty. In a certain place this exists and it totally rules lives. There is no out once you are IN. Mickey was IN. The descriptive characters and how the past affects Tommy and his half siblings Joe and Kiki will surely rival any saga you have read. It is all about family, trust and loyalty, no matter what. Mickey writes to Tommy and starts every letter with “First, I love You”.
Jump in an enjoy this book. The author took a story and has tightly woven the fabric in a way that leaves you screaming where is book two . The next is Second of All and I am so excited to write about that one too. Even more excited is this is a debut. I can’t believe that it is not only a debut, but the book totally lives up to the description.
Genevieve Dewey Author Bio
Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.
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