Drops of Cerulean

Drops of Cerulean A story of love loss and rebirth Spanning the years Drops of Cerulean chronicles the lives of Ilona the daughter of a Greek restaurateur who marries into a prominent Houston fami

  • Title: Drops of Cerulean
  • Author: Dawn Adams Cole
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  • A story of love, loss, and rebirth Spanning the years 1930 2014, Drops of Cerulean chronicles the lives of Ilona, the daughter of a Greek restaurateur, who marries into a prominent Houston family her son, Cadmus, who becomes a professor and then moves into a retirement home after his husband passes away and Delphina, an anxiety ridden woman with a mysterious recurring dr A story of love, loss, and rebirth Spanning the years 1930 2014, Drops of Cerulean chronicles the lives of Ilona, the daughter of a Greek restaurateur, who marries into a prominent Houston family her son, Cadmus, who becomes a professor and then moves into a retirement home after his husband passes away and Delphina, an anxiety ridden woman with a mysterious recurring dream Ilona and Cadmus have a falling out when Cadmus is a young man, and before they are able to reconcile, Ilona dies Cadmus is plagued with guilt and feels responsible for the death of his mother Two worlds collide when, years later, Delphina comes to understand that she had been Ilona, Cadmus s mother, in her previous life Well written and engaging, Drops of Cerulean deals with topics such as socioeconomic class, LGBT rights and acceptance, rebirth, and past life regression Set in Houston and revolving around the city s ever changing skyline, Drops of Cerulean is an amazing debut from a gifted writer Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 524 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Greenleaf Book Group More Details ASIN B07MB6LS7J Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Drops of Cerulean by Dawn Adams Cole Release date Jan 29, 2019 A story of love, loss, and rebirthSpanning the years 1930 2014, Drops of Cerulean chronicles the lives of Ilona, the daughter of a Greek restaurateur, A story of love, loss, and rebirthSpanning the years 1930 2014, Drops of Cerulean chronicles the lives of Ilona, the daughter of a Greek restaurateur, who marries into a prominent Houston family her son, Cadmus, who becomes a professor and then moves into a retirement home after his husband passes away and Delphina, an anxiety ridden woman with a mysterious recurring dream Ilona and Cadmus have a falling out when Cadmus is a young man, and before they are able to reconcile, Ilona dies Cadmus is plagued with guilt and feels responsible for the death of his mother Two worlds collide when, years later, Delphina comes to understand that she had been Ilona, Cadmus s mother, in her previous life Well written and engaging, Drops of Cerulean deals with topics such as socioeconomic class, LGBT rights and acceptance, rebirth, and past life regression.Set in Houston and revolving around the city s ever changing skyline, Drops of Cerulean is an amazing debut from a gifted writer Enter Giveaway Format

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 36 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 28, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition This debut novel explores what it means to struggle to find one s place in a family Over three generations we follow Ilona, her son Cadmus, and the seemingly unrelated Delphina In each character, repercussions of an earlier tragedy ring through and influence the circumstances and actions of the characters, sometimes to the reader s dismay and disappointment Ultimately, it s a story of connections and the love that sustains a spirit beyond a single lifetime No, this wouldn t fly with your chi This debut novel explores what it means to struggle to find one s place in a family Over three generations we follow Ilona, her son Cadmus, and the seemingly unrelated Delphina In each character, repercussions of an earlier tragedy ring through and influence the circumstances and actions of the characters, sometimes to the reader s dismay and disappointment Ultimately, it s a story of connections and the love that sustains a spirit beyond a single lifetime No, this wouldn t fly with your childhood Vacation Bible School lessons, but the novel provides a gentle treatment and reflection of the results of impulsive and rash behavior, as well as thoughtful and loving acts, that impact lives across generations Set in Houston, the writer uses specific locations evoking time and place, and serving as grace notes over this story, ultimately singing a love song to Houston and the people in it This is a novel to read slowly and savor If you want a quick read, this isn t your book If you want to drop into another time and place and get to know the characters there, spending time in a contemplative fashion, then this novel is for you flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Christopher Villarreal rated it really liked it review of another edition This book is not a quick read, but as I read the poem that closes out the novel, I confirmed my feeling that it is meant to be consumed delicately The novel is broken into two parts focused primarily on three characters Ilona and Cadmus in Part 1, and Delphina and Cadmus in Part 2 I adored Ilona s story there were times I found myself rushing through Cadmus s chapters to get to the next Ilona chapter Because of my affinity for Ilona, I struggled to connect with Delphina in Part 2 Part 1 al This book is not a quick read, but as I read the poem that closes out the novel, I confirmed my feeling that it is meant to be consumed delicately The novel is broken into two parts focused primarily on three characters Ilona and Cadmus in Part 1, and Delphina and Cadmus in Part 2 I adored Ilona s story there were times I found myself rushing through Cadmus s chapters to get to the next Ilona chapter Because of my affinity for Ilona, I struggled to connect with Delphina in Part 2 Part 1 also was reminiscent of the episodic plot structure and regional narrative exemplified in works such as To Kill a Mockingbird, which I loved Part 2 did not feel the same and required a suspension of disbelief that I could not fully commit to regarding reincarnation and past life regression Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book The narration felt a bit over worked in parts, but the strong character development counteracts that throughout Its passages on heartbreak were poignantly written and the parting message of acceptance and hope left me feeling good about what I read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Joel Riojas rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves lgbtq, literary fiction, upmarket fiction, historical fiction Rich in language and character driven, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical fiction book twice The author gently opens the possibility of reincarnation and whether our actions in one lifetime transcend into the next The book is broken into 2 parts and is nicely accented with months and years throughout all passages Admittedly, I was initially put off by the departure of certain key characters during Part 1 of the book, but upon reflection I gathered my reaction was a nod to the auth Rich in language and character driven, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical fiction book twice The author gently opens the possibility of reincarnation and whether our actions in one lifetime transcend into the next The book is broken into 2 parts and is nicely accented with months and years throughout all passages Admittedly, I was initially put off by the departure of certain key characters during Part 1 of the book, but upon reflection I gathered my reaction was a nod to the author for creating such a feeling in a reader When I reread the book a second time, I was able to enjoy Part 2 of the book much fully and appreciate it for what it was to the story as a whole and focus less on the characters in Part 1 The City of Houston plays nice scenery to the story and the author does a great job of allowing the reader to appreciate how the city was burgeoning as early as the 1930s to present day flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Maria Tane rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, lgbtq Maybe I went about this book in a wrong way After all, you can t expect to fly through a story that unfolds over decades of family episodes and domestic life The problem is that I did take my time with it and no matter how hard I tried I couldn t bring myself to care about what was going on I didn t feel connected to the characters, or emotionally invested in their struggles most of the time, even though there were certain parts I enjoyed and I found depth and strength in the writing.Overall Maybe I went about this book in a wrong way After all, you can t expect to fly through a story that unfolds over decades of family episodes and domestic life The problem is that I did take my time with it and no matter how hard I tried I couldn t bring myself to care about what was going on I didn t feel connected to the characters, or emotionally invested in their struggles most of the time, even though there were certain parts I enjoyed and I found depth and strength in the writing.Overall this is a lovely merging of slices of life focusing on the relationship between a mother and a son and on their own individual journeys It has a subtle kind of charm, but, unfortunately, it didn t manage to entice me flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 Annie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Before reading this book, I looked up the word cerulean, and the images that came up showed a deep, rich looking blue, which perfectly fits the characters in Drops of Cerulean The plot of the story spans several generations of a wealthy family and depicts the relationship between them and the choices they make, all of which have lasting and profound impacts The story itself is nothing unusual an upper class family with lots of problems who don t always get along yet there is something about Before reading this book, I looked up the word cerulean, and the images that came up showed a deep, rich looking blue, which perfectly fits the characters in Drops of Cerulean The plot of the story spans several generations of a wealthy family and depicts the relationship between them and the choices they make, all of which have lasting and profound impacts The story itself is nothing unusual an upper class family with lots of problems who don t always get along yet there is something about the way the author brings these characters to life that makes this story stand out The strength of the writing lies in the characters, each of whom contain so many layers that it is almost impossible to describe them in a few short paragraphs However, I can certainly try This is not a story with a hero or a villain, rather, each and every character has their own strengths and flaws, and I found myself experiencing anger, sympathy, and resentment toward individual characters throughout the course of the story Ilona was certainly my favorite character, and her courage and grace throughout the story, even as she was ridiculed, belittled, and ostracized by those closest to her, was inspiring and powerful Even though I questioned some of her decisions, my heart ached for her as she struggled to find acceptance within her family.For one, there is the relationship between Cadmus and Robert, which provided the backbone for the story At a time when the gay rights movement was in its early stages, the depiction of Cadmus and Robert as they try to maintain their love for each other while concealing their relationship was heartbreaking I enjoyed seeing both the negative and positive aspects of their relationship, and I appreciated how the author acknowledged the depth and complexity of their life together instead of resorting to stereotypes I also enjoyed seeing Cadmus s journey as he struggled to reconcile the love he had for his family with the love he had for his husband and desire to pursue his own path apart from his family In many ways, this book was about the pull of tradition versus the desire for individuality, and the author does a beautiful job depicting each character s unique response to this very common dilemma Despite the strained relationships between some of the main characters, the concept of family is at the core of this novel, and the ending, which was both unexpected and beautifully written, hints at the idea that family can encompass much than a blood relation My favorite part of the story and I won t give anything away is when one of the main characters upends an important realization about her family, and that realization has profound impacts on her self perception as well as the relationships in her life Even if I didn t always agree with the characters, this is a beautifully written story that left me feeling connected to the Doyle clan, especially Cadmus and Ilona.Definitely five stars from me flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Nancy Mijangos rated it liked it review of another edition I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Enjoyable novel about a family and its struggles I loved Cadmus The ending plot was a bit farfetched, but overall, it is a good novel flag Like see review Sue marked it as to read Oct 24, 2018 Laura marked it as to read Oct 27, 2018 Jan Phillips marked it as to read Nov 02, 2018 Kara marked it as to read Nov 10, 2018 McPhaul M marked it as to read Nov 24, 2018 Courtney marked it as to read Nov 27, 2018 Ashwise marked it as to read Nov 28, 2018 Kaitlyn marked it as to read Dec 07, 2018 Brooke marked it as to read Dec 13, 2018 Mark marked it as to read Dec 17, 2018 Katya Kazbek marked it as to read Dec 21, 2018 Ari marked it as to read Dec 24, 2018 Lins marked it as to read Dec 24, 2018 Amy marked it as to read Jan 01, 2019 Abbi Simmons marked it as to read Jan 03, 2019 Rina Horenian marked it as to read 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    1. This debut novel explores what it means to struggle to find one s place in a family Over three generations we follow Ilona, her son Cadmus, and the seemingly unrelated Delphina In each character, repercussions of an earlier tragedy ring through and influence the circumstances and actions of the characters, sometimes to the reader s dismay and disappointment Ultimately, it s a story of connections and the love that sustains a spirit beyond a single lifetime No, this wouldn t fly with your chi Thi [...]

    2. This book is not a quick read, but as I read the poem that closes out the novel, I confirmed my feeling that it is meant to be consumed delicately The novel is broken into two parts focused primarily on three characters Ilona and Cadmus in Part 1, and Delphina and Cadmus in Part 2 I adored Ilona s story there were times I found myself rushing through Cadmus s chapters to get to the next Ilona chapter Because of my affinity for Ilona, I struggled to connect with Delphina in Part 2 Part 1 al This [...]

    3. Rich in language and character driven, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical fiction book twice The author gently opens the possibility of reincarnation and whether our actions in one lifetime transcend into the next The book is broken into 2 parts and is nicely accented with months and years throughout all passages Admittedly, I was initially put off by the departure of certain key characters during Part 1 of the book, but upon reflection I gathered my reaction was a nod to the auth Rich [...]

    4. Maybe I went about this book in a wrong way After all, you can t expect to fly through a story that unfolds over decades of family episodes and domestic life The problem is that I did take my time with it and no matter how hard I tried I couldn t bring myself to care about what was going on I didn t feel connected to the characters, or emotionally invested in their struggles most of the time, even though there were certain parts I enjoyed and I found depth and strength in the writing.Overall May [...]

    5. Before reading this book, I looked up the word cerulean, and the images that came up showed a deep, rich looking blue, which perfectly fits the characters in Drops of Cerulean The plot of the story spans several generations of a wealthy family and depicts the relationship between them and the choices they make, all of which have lasting and profound impacts The story itself is nothing unusual an upper class family with lots of problems who don t always get along yet there is something about Befo [...]

    6. I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Enjoyable novel about a family and its struggles I loved Cadmus The ending plot was a bit farfetched, but overall, it is a good novel.

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