The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Maria La Serra
Publication date: June 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered;
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.
When the universe conveys a message, you listen.
Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind—until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.
Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s become accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine—until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.
Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?
Maria La Serra, a fashion designer, turned writer, lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. She will try everything at least once, except for skiing, hiking or camping-okay anything relating to activities done in the great outdoors. The Proverbial Mr. Universe is her first novel.
4*** Sweet story from a promising new author
This is an excellent debut novel. Maria La Serra’s got a light writing style although some typos distracted me a little. She expertly crafted her characters; from the abusive, douche Dario, to insecure Olivia to knight-in-shinning-armor Nick. All the elements of a romance novel are there: love triangle, betrayal, plot twists. Then she throws in a mysterious Mr. Universe. Good call! For me, his notes saved the day every time. As a slightly more experienced author, my only advice for her next novels would be to balance out the introspective moments in the story. They were essential for character building and background story but I felt they could have been better scattered throughout the story.