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Dawn to Dusk (Lover's Journey, Book One) by [Popescu, Alina]
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Edi’s life is made up of precious moments.

That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.

No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.

Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4216 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Alina Popescu (9 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01I8FG8P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 12 May 2017
By Alexu Bluebell - Published on
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I always like when a book transposes me into the narrative thread of the story. In this case, the first part of Dawn to Dusk brought me back to my own childhood memories, where the summer holidays were spent in a small village in the country side, to the emotions of a first love, realizing you were more mature but not quite there yet. As for the second part of the book, living in Bucharest myself makes me a little sad that Edi is not real, I would have loved meeting him in person and poke his brain a little :)
Edi's journey in love doesn't happen overnight, it goes through some stages, like the moments of the day: dusk, morning, noon, afternoon and dawn. The choices he makes, his stubbornness and also his caring soul shape him to be a wonderful character.
Even though I didn't like the relationship between Edi and Robert (well, I didn't like Robert very much, though I felt sorry for him), it seemed very real and you can feel (or even know) this is a story that happens in real life too.
This being said, Alina Popescu managed to capture and translate into words the precious moments of a lover's journey, with all it's ups and downs, happiness and heartbreaks, clearness and blindness.
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming story of childhood and growth 13 July 2016
By M. Ernst - Published on
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I always enjoy reading stories inspired by true events, and this is one of them. Interestingly, however, the author retells some of her memories from a male perspective.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A frustratinly good 4 Stars!! 16 August 2016
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Edi meets Robert while visiting his grandma over summer vacation. Robert is also visiting family from his home in, Bucharest, the Capital City of Romania. Edi, 11, and Robert, 15, spend the summer playing in the forest and taking long walks to the near by creek. Then Robert suddenly disappears one morning, without so much as a goodbye, but they sporadically continue to see one another over the summers as they grow up and into college and adulthood.

I thought this would be a sweet story. Two kids who grow up spending their summers together and falling in love, but I hated Robert. He was a complete Douche! He was so mean, spoiled and selfish. I loved Edi, but I couldn't decide between feeling bad for the way he was treated or being angry at him for continually putting himself back in this situation over and over. I understand loving someone, but making yourself their doormat is a completely different story. In the end, I'm not sure either character has redeemed themselves.

This was a well-written book, but the time periods are very jumpy. It would have worked better if the author had made it clearer as to how much time was between each time change. Either a year at the top of the next scene/chapter or the number of months/years it had actually been.

I loved the secondary characters. The kids from Edi's grandma's small village, as well as his friends from back home. I hope to see more of them, especially Sebastian in the future. I wasn't sure what to make of the ending, but I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes and hoping everything will get resolved. This was a great, but honestly frustrating read, as they tend to be when you want to kill a MC or two, but still, highly recommended!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On one hand it's sweet and brings back all these childhood memories 5 August 2016
By Aimee Brissay - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is hard to describe. On one hand it's sweet and brings back all these childhood memories, on the other, it's bitter sweet and takes you on an emotional roller-coaster. And kudos to Alina for this, it's not a small feat. Though my summer vacations spent at my grandma when I was a child was different than this, reading D2D took me back to that time. Only the chicken and the kittens were missing, I tell you.

As for Edi and Robert...Robert is a prick, but love is blind. And I know, know, that this reflects a reality a lot of us are very familiar with.
The only thing that I would have liked better would have been a HEA, instead of a HFN, but that doesn't take anything from the pleasure I got from reading this.

Not everyone will like the story, and there are a few taboo in the story, but I felt that damn roller-coaster all the way through and that, to me, makes a book great.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all 9 August 2016
By johanna - Published on
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Before you read this review, take note of the title. Dawn to Dusk, Lover’s Journey, Book One.

Now that you've read it, take it to heart for it's telling of what this read is all about. A journey two boys take as they grow into themselves. Their life begins on that first meeting, Dawn, and this installment ends when things are seemingly okay but one is left questioning, Dusk. A journey of falling in love, getting heartbroken, and falling in love, or back to love, again.

These lovers' journey takes time to read for it has this tendency to bring back memories that may hurt, or may make you laugh. It calls on emotions similar to elation but at times, anger when things don't go the way they should.

I don't like to spoil the details, for the title says it all. The events that unfold, they begin when Robert and Edi are young and they think and act as young children do. As they grow up, they question their feelings and doubt the sanity of it. Experimentation, questioning, doubting, they go through the gamut of emotions. They hurt, they heal, they are molded into who they are as they finally reach that point in life when they face reality and learn to accept.

This was a difficult read at times, but I love Alina Popescu's style. she always manages to put a twist there somewhere, a change from the norm that makes you cock your head and wonder where she's going to lead us.

As usual, her writing is a joy to read, the question comes in for I don't know where this will lead me, when the next installment comes in. This book ends at dusk, that uncertain time of our lives where it's neither light nor dark and the anticipation for something bigger hangs in the air. What the future brings, well, I'm sure that's going to be another journey we'll have to look forward to.