Published: 12th January 2015
Author: Petra March
“Delicate and resilient. Like you.”
Brina and Eagan meet for the first time when she’s nine and he’s fourteen. They like each other from the very beginning, though their bond isn’t immediate, but it grows over the years. What links them is the fact that their parents are photographers and are extremely devoted to their work and to each other; so much so that both Brina and Eagan have to learn how to take care of themselves from a very young age. Despite their differences, age, gender, nationality – Brina is Italian and Eagan is American – they find comfort in their growing friendship.
Then Brina becomes a teenager, and her feelings for her friend start changing and deepening. New desires stir within her. As soon as Brina realizes how those feelings complicate her friendship with Eagan, she runs away from him.
A few years later, Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again.
(Recommended for ages 18+, due to sexual content and language).
Publisher’s note: This is a fully re-edited and enriched with new and special contents version of the previously published novel, A Veil of Glass and Rain, by Petra F. Bagnardi (aka Petra March).
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set somewhere you want to travel, Rome Italy. Beautifully written book that takes you on a journey over the years through a close friendship that turns into something more.
Brina first meets Eagan when she is 9 and he is 11. They are like kindred spirits with how alike they are and how easily their friendship starts. They are more alike than most with their families too. Both their parents are so connected that they can’t spend time apart from each other. Its like it hurts them to do it. Even with one staying behind to look after their child isn’t enough to stop the pain of not being with their other half. Eagan has come to terms with this and ends up spending most of his time either with his grandparents or his best friend David and his family instead. Brina is just catching up though but sees through her mother’s unhappiness quickly. Ultimately telling her to go to her father. This action leaves her alone with only a housekeeper to watch over her. Eagan soon reminds her though that she’s not alone, she has a family, him. When he visits over the summer months she can be with him. Summer time soon becomes their time, something that neither ever wants to give up.
The story gets told from both Brina and Eagan’s perspectives. The main present day sees Brina living in Rome and Eagan just arriving to work there. You can tell straight away that something has happened between them to cause a rift in their friendship. It’s through a series of flashbacks to key moments of their life together that the pieces slowly start to fall into place.
The moment they meet again you can see that Brina sees Eagan in a different light and because of this she doesn’t know how to react around him. It hurts to be close but even worse to be apart. She wants him as more than a friend and doesn’t think he will ever feel the same. With how he is acting around his new work friends, especially the female ones, she starts to get uncontrollably jealous. Note to self Eagan next time you want to make the woman you love jealous don’t do it when she is cutting snacks for a party. Everything comes to a head the day after as Brina needs to come clean about something she did years before – she stole a kiss while he was sleeping, or was he?
Eagan has been trying to get Brina to see what he has been feeling for years and only then, thinking the time is right, does he make it very clear. He wants her for keeps but has been waiting until she was old enough to handle something real. She is the reason he moved there and picked an apartment that he thought she would like. The connection between them has always been there throughout their friendship and now it gets the chance to grow into something more.
Only thing is that both have grown up with a very morphed view on what relationships are meant to be like. They can’t be completely dependant on each other like both their parents or neither will really survive. They need to grow as people apart before they can be completely together. Brina creates a test of sorts, one that will determine whether they can truly last or not.
Loved all Brina’s friends. They are a very eccentric group of people who seemed to compliment each other really well. Eagan’s friends/family were a little out there but they have reason to be. Its not easy losing a brother and they have very different coping methods. The story consists of duel perspectives where you do have to make sure you know who is meant to be talking before starting the next chapter but most of the time with the style you could see a distinctive difference between both Brina and Eagan.
Loved the epilogue at the end as it keeps jumping years into the future and you can see how life turns out for them. Thought the radio interview transcript at the end was very funny aswell. Great piece of writing that will draw you in longing to see how their relationship grows.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.