'Till the Last Petal Falls
Book One Of the Once Upon a Reality Series
Jolee Bellissa is a 21 year old English major graduate living with her soon-to-be penniless inventor father, Moe, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. All that's waiting for her in this 'bubble' of a town is a relentless suitor, Gage Aristade (son of a rich accounting CEO and notable playboy), and a part-time job at the local Tattered Cover. When she sees a job listing for a literature and poetry tutor for a shut-in adult student in Aspen, room and board paid with a $1000 a month stipend, she figures she has nothing left to really lose.
Adam Emile is a 33 year old eccentric artist, whose paintings' beauty is only matched by their disturbing choice of focus. Scarred by a horrific childhood and holed up in the mountains to keep from embarassing his wealthy and famous father, he is beginning to lose all sense of reality. As a last resort, his personal nurse Chip has put out an ad on Craigslist, under the guise of tutoring, for a new friend for his patient. Will the beautiful young woman who answers the ad change Adam and break the curse of his mental depravity? Or will the secrets he harbors drag them both into madness?
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Beauty and the Beast
'Till the Last Petal Falls:
"...A twisted, dark fairy-tale...the ending leaves you to decide if it was happy or not… I genuinely looked forward to turning the page- the author did a fine job….
…I’m giving this one an awesome. The writing was good…the story was recognizable…and unique; all too often these attempts at retelling the story are a copy and paste of the original work with a few things edited, or the setting updated. This, on the other hand: pure original story with the old tale as a template, very nice…, I very much look forward to Elizabeth Rose's next offering!"
-J.M. Brink, Indie Fic Reviews
"This book tackles the subject of domestic violence and abuse very realistically. The way the main character finds herself in a violent relationship, when all she wanted to do was help, is done so organically that the reader finds themselves just as trapped... Not a light read by any means, but very compelling"
-Michelle Hauck, author of Kindar's Cure
" ...'Till the Last Petal Falls is an engrossing exploration of love, abuse, and enduring friendship... [it] is worth reading not only for the gripping plot, but also for the underlying lessons..."
-Jelena Subotic, reader on Amazon