|A Message to My
by Gabriela Sbarcea
International Features Syndicate
Take a couple born into a world of text messaging with all its fury,
madness, and irrational passion and add a dash of poetic sensibility. The
result is A Message to my Butterfly (Delizon Publishers, 2012) by
debut novelist Gabriela Sbarcea.
The love between Adelle and Tudor is a modern tale of Romeo and Juliet.
But in this classic take on the subject, nobody dies in the end. Instead,
Romeo (aka Tudor) and Juliet (Adelle) enjoy an intensity marked by
endurance and persistence.
19-year-old emigrant from Romania, Adelle resettles in her new home town
of Chicago, where she soon becomes infatuated with Tudor, a brilliant,
famous Romanian sculptor who is 12 years her senior. A modern-day
Casanova well rooted within the local Romanian community, he is delighted
with his latest conquest.
When the two connect, their affair takes flight through a series of
lengthy instant messages, Facebook postings, and e-mails. Adelle soon
learns that the 21st Century love of her life is a womanizer,
frightened by commitment, troubled by financial problems, and suffering
from a deranged yet kind genius. Addelle, an analytical, independent,
stubborn yet passionate rebel, finds herself hopelessly entangled in a
dance of love.
But as time slips by, Tudorís frequent messages disrupt Adelle from her
work and make her dependent on the ďnew-messageĒ light on her phone. As
Tudorís womanizing and demands upon her increase, Adelle is exhilarated by
his instability and artistic insanity. His endless affairs, emotional
abuse, and vulgar words push her away when he wants to run free, while his
synthetic affection and jealousy surface when he wants her back for fear
of losing her forever.
When the situation is aggravated by family drama, Adelle carries a
ferocious internal battle to overcome her feelings and put an end to her
But is it an end for all time? Or will time heal all wounds?
This remarkably candid, eye-opening account of life in the age of Instant
Messaging is worth a long, lingering, enjoyable read. Itís a story based
upon the human condition that will live on in your mind long after youíve put
A Message to My Butterfly
Author: Gabriela Sbarcea
Publisher: Delizon Publishers, Paris
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Life, Love, Death, Etc.
Review by Jon
a first novel by a budding young literary star, Gabriela Sbarcea travels
to the edge of madness before returning to the sanctity of love. Her
debut work, A Message to My Butterfly (Delizon Publishers, 2012),
offers a comfortable means of coexistence between hope and despair.
When Romanian ex-patriot Tudor meets fellow ex-pat Adelle at a New Yearís
Eve party at his mansion, sparks fly. The next day, Tudor, a
world-renowned painter/sculptor, begins his pursuit with unerring
accuracy: he tells Adelle what she wants to hear; shows her what she
craves to see; and shares with her his own world of madness, irrational
passion, love for the French language, and creativity. Adelle finds
Tudorís world both alluring and frightening. Before she knows it, she has
begun to draw from Tudor the very creativity she needs to begin work
writing her first book.
But all is not love and congeniality between them. For, the closer to him
Adelle becomes, the further from her Tudor withdraws.
The question in the end is can he succeed in a world without his beloved?
And, if not, can she possibly survive the energy he drains from her
through his womanizing, criticisms, and internal anger?
This is a book filled with great sweeping emotions; a rare peek into the
robust underbelly of Chicago's bustling Romanian community; and an alluring world of love, hate, passion, and desire. Once you enter Adelleís
universe, your life will never be the same.
And thatís a good thing.
A Message to My
By Gabriela Sbarcea
$11.99 Paper; $6.99 eBook
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A Maddening Affair
Review by Deanna
In a world gone mad, is the madness real or merely imaginary? A Message to
My Butterfly is a story of the love between two ex-pat Romanians who put
the question to the test. The love that Adelle and Tudor share runs the
gamut from lush and lusty to fractious and fragile. Text messaging from
the time they meet, they are bound to one another through creativity and
mutual desire. Hers is driven by a need for true unequivocal love; his is
spurred on by a need for love without commitment. A rambunctious
womanizer, Tudor stretches the bounds of their relationship until it
fractures, cracks, and finally breaks.
But Adelleís adamant determination to reunite and rebuild wins the day. The question after all the experiences the two share together is will it
also win over the course of years?
Split between her newly found love for America, her Chicago-Romanian
community, and her family back in Europe, she turns to Tudor for solace
and finds more in him than ever she had imagined.
This is a tale of conflicting personalities, disturbing tendencies, and
undying love on several different levels. Itís a great fulfilling read,
loaded with rich characters, intriguing physical settings, art, poetry,
music, and madness. Read it today for memories to last a lifetime.
A Message to My
By Gabriela Sbarcea
Delizon Publishers 2012