Today, I'm happy to be a part of REFLECTIONS OF THE BOULEVARD by L.J. Ambrosio's virtual book tour courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions. This is the second book in Michael's story from A RESERVOIR MAN. Learn more about this heartwarming coming-of-age novel and be sure to enter the giveaway!
About the book:
Title: REFLECTIONS ON THE BOULEVARD
Author: L.J. Ambrosio
Genre: Coming-of-age, Literary Fiction
Michael's story continues from "A Reservoir Man" (2022) where we find him teaching at a university ready to retire. He unexpectedly meets a young man named Ron who becomes his protégé and journeys with him in a haphazard adventure throughout America and Europe. In Michael's final journey in life, each twist and turn of the road brings unexpected adventures. The journey taken is one of joy, friendship, and discovery.
Reflections on the Boulevard is the sequel to the heartwarming novel A Reservoir Man. This book explores the endearing mentor and protégé relationship between Ron and Michael, reminiscent of the touching dynamic found in the 1992 film, Scent of a Woman. As I delved into the story, I was drawn to the delightful sweetness that infused their connection, making it truly special. The author's writing style initially puzzled me, but it didn't take long for me to discover that it bore a striking resemblance to a screenplay, which perfectly aligned with the author's extensive career in theater.
Both Ron and Michael have faced their fair share of hardships, each carrying scars of their own. However, Michael's unwavering optimism and Ron's endearing naivete serve as the perfect counterbalance, infusing their relationship with a lightness that is both refreshing and comforting. Although Ron occasionally appeared younger than his years, his presence provided a pleasant contrast to Michael's jaded look of the world.
The road trips in this book are so quintessential and pretty much define the whole story. It's like taking a road trip with your younger self, capturing the essence of that experience. This road trip becomes a journey to discover America, uncover the true meaning of life, and embark on a path of self-discovery. It's a road trip that touches the souls of both travelers.
I feel this book was stronger and more impactful than the first book. Thoughtfully and skillfully written, this book is a must-read for the LGBTQ+ community.
Thank you, Louis L. Ambrosio and Goddess Fish Promotion for giving me the opportunity to read the book and provide my honest review.
Read my review of A Reservoir Man to find out where to purchase the first book of Michael's story.
About the Author:
Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at seven universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.
The author will award a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner and an autographed copy of the book to a second randomly drawn winner.