Mami: Based on a True Story by J C Valentine

June 3, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★½

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Mami: Based on a True Story by J.C. Valentine
on May 23rd 2017
Pages: 84
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Readers asked for it, and JC Valentine has delivered!
Life has thrown me a few curveballs… But nothing as sexy or devastating as Alejandro. I never thought I’d see him again, but fate has seen fit to give us another chance. Maybe this time we’ll get it right. Maybe this time he’ll stay. Or perhaps my heart is about to be irrevocably shattered. One way or another, our lives are about to change. Only time will tell if it’s for better or worse, but one thing is certain… Alejandro is a force to be reckoned with…maybe even best to be avoided. But when it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes there’s no reasoning. Sometimes…it’s pure instinct. Taking a chance on him is like playing Russian roulette—it’s dangerous…foolish…and likely to kill me. But what’s life without a little risk?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Mami and Papi go hand in hand. You need to read Papi first to fully appreciate why Julie is so smitten with her Latin lover, Alejandro.

I’ve heard distance makes the heart grow fonder, but sometimes, it serves as an eye-opening experience instead.

Their romance is fiery, passionate and starkly different to the married life Julie and her husband Mark shared. Now estranged, Mark is acutely aware of the treasure he has thrown away. Each day he spends in Julie’s company is a reminder of his foolish error.

It’s not all smooth sailing for the lovebirds but when they steal a moment or two together, their time apart is a distant memory. The telling of the story transported me to a “what if” scenario. It had my mind drifting to consider what advice I would give Julie as a friend or question what I would have done in the same circumstances.

The banter exchanged with text messages added to the fun and carefree nature of Julie and Alejandro’s relationship. Trust and caution ruled decisions, well most of the time! Having a friend to keep her on the straight and narrow worked well as the voice of reason.

Julie relays her story with unabashed intimacy. Understanding it was based on a mother’s plight from divorce to a new relationship added the vulnerability I may have dismissed. I was curious and left wanting to know more. There was an overwhelming need to check in on Julie and Alejandro and make sure they were doing well.

I extend my sincere gratitude to JC Valentine for sharing her beautiful story. For two Sundays, the time I spent reading Papi and Mami was akin to sharing time with a friend. The void of their absence left me wanting more which was a reflection of the connection I felt, rather than the need to have closure.

3.5 Love-Struck Stars

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