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  • Title: My Sweet Friend
  • Author: H.A. Leuschel
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  • Page: 419
  • Format: ebook
  • A stand alone novella from the author of Manipulated LivesA perfect friend or a perfect impostor Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack She brings a much needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendshiA stand alone novella from the author of Manipulated LivesA perfect friend or a perfect impostor Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack She brings a much needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships But is Alexa all she claims to be As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them Can first impressions ever be trusted In this original novella, H.A Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade If you like thought provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.
    My Sweet Friend A stand alone novella from the author of Manipulated LivesA perfect friend or a perfect impostor Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where sh

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    1. Book Reviewed by Abby on whisperingstoriesAfter reading H.A Leuschel s series of thrilling and thought provoking short stories, Manipulated Lives, last year, I was eagerly looking forward to reading her latest novella, My Sweet Friend.My Sweet Friend begins in the French seaside town of Biarritz It s Alexa s story She s introduced an exhausted woman, complete with dark shadows under her eyes, on the brink of a breakdown Escaping to a place where no one knows her, I m immediately feeling sorry fo [...]

    2. H A Leuschel s novella My Sweet Friend reads like a psychological thriller that I enjoyed reading, found entertaining and I believe could easily be developed into a full length novel for which I would be very much interested in reading.Told from the perspectives of both the main characters Rosie and Alexa in alternating chapters, we really get into the minds of these characters allowing you suspect for yourself exactly what is going on With this being a novella and only focusing on a couple of m [...]

    3. I think it s safe to safe that among readers who are familiar with Leuschel s work, the author has established herself with a particular theme I don t know about the rest of you, but when I see Leuschel s new work, I immediately know what I am going to get, I have no hesitation about reading it eagerly, and I like that an author has managed to find a strong footing with me Makes one happy reader My Sweet Friend explores the consequences of manipulative relationship in a working environment, as w [...]

    4. I m not a huge fan of novella s if I m honest and I m going to state the obvious here and admit I find them too short I like a book I can sink my teeth into, I like to immerse myself in the plot and it s characters, but with a novella it s difficult to fit such detail in to such a short read Although every now and again I will pick one as I do feel they showcase an author s writing so you can get a feel for their work I read Manipulated Lies earlier this year, which I really enjoyed, so when H.A [...]

    5. I first came across H.A Leuschel when I read and enjoyed her collection of short stories, Manipulated Lives my review here, bit 2BxfSVz In this novella the author has, once again, concentrated on the theme of manipulation from the manoeuvrings for power in business to the exploitation that can be committed in personal relationships This is an emotional exploration of the human psyche on various levels It is also a brilliant story.Told from the first person point of view of the two main character [...]

    6. With skillful prose, Leuschel has written a novella that makes the reader both hate, and feel a bit sorry for her protagonist Behind the fa ade we were all human, fragile, and sensitive to judgement.Alexa is an attractive woman working in a ruthless corporate world an account manager in the exciting city of Paris Impeccably groomed and dressed, she is highly practiced at making a good first impression, and manipulating events so that she will be seen in the best possible light She feels highly p [...]

    7. After reading a collection of short stories by the same author earlier this year, I was looking forward to reading this novella, but I had a feeling that Manipulated Lives would be a hard act to follow.My Sweet Friend is a deep, and slightly dark look into the dynamics of friendship and how people aren t necessarily what they seem Manipulators are often clever, devious people who lie and do whatever is needed for their own ends H.A Leuschel once again hooked me by her subtly complex characters t [...]

    8. We have all met them That so called friend that knows which of your buttons to push and somehow they come out smelling of sunshine and roses whilst you struggle to pick yourself up The one that can twist things without you even knowing, so smoothly and cleverly that you never even saw it coming The toxic friend that has you doubting your own very being which you can t see until long after you had removed them from your life as it took such a struggle even though you know what you were doing was [...]

    9. My Sweet FriendH A LeuschelReceived from AuthorHoly cow Helene Leuschel has left me speechless once again MY SWEET FRIEND is a quick novella but it sure does pack a heck of a punch Alexa has a new high profile position and comes with an awesome resume, or so that s what everyone thinks She quickly becomes friends with Rosie and life for the two of them seems perfect They have lots of fun together, go out and spend lots of time with each other, but then things start to change It s not long before [...]

    10. Note I received review copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to author Stars 4.5 5Who needs enemy when you have manipulating lying friend Okay in the beginning only I m warning you this is going to be long because I so damn loved this book I m telling you right here that if you haven t read this book yet go and grab now.My Sweet Friend was a character driven psychological fiction, a novella set in Paris, that revolved around a Sweet Friend Rosie and Alex [...]

    11. My Sweet Friend is a captivating novella drawing you into the lives of two women, Rosie and Alexa Each from their perspective, they narrate a story of manipulation and intrigue Introduction When new girl Alexa comes into the office, Rosie feels inspired by her buoyant behaviour, by her elegant style and the way Alexa presents herself to her new colleagues What attracts Rosie most, is that underneath that cool and efficient exterior, Alexa shows an insecurity which makes her, in Rosie s eyes, hum [...]

    12. In this short novella, we re introduced to two women, Rosie and Alexa, who appear to be friends As each one tells her story, however, it becomes clear that one of them is not who she appears to be The interplay between the two is interesting as are their stories Right away, I wanted to know about each of them.My only problem with the book is that much of the drama is experienced second hand For example, I would have liked to see the scene where Rosie goes into Alexa s apartment and senses that [...]

    13. Finished reading March 2nd 2018 Some people have a special antenna for detecting fears and weaknesses in others A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review Thank you view spoiler I m aware of the fact I don t read all that many novellas, but this doesn t mean that I don t appreciate them In fact, I think of them as taking the art of storytelling to the next level, because it is just so much harder to write a convincing story when you have a limite [...]

    14. I have heard such great things recently about H.A Leuschel that I could not wait to sink my teeth into her newest story novella MY SWEET FRIEND I can now see why there is such a huge buzz surrounding this author H.A Leuschel has a way with words and knows how to captivate her audience.Alexa is the newest account manager for a local firm in Paris She quickly inserts herself in the lives of her co workers, playing on each of their weaknesses and manipulating them into doing what she wants them to [...]

    15. I am not normally a fan of novellas but feel that of the few that I have read this year I have chosen wisely I had already read and loved Manipulated lives, which is a collection of short stories by this author, so I had no hesitation of choosing this book My Sweet Friend has a similar feel with it to Manipulated lives as it tells a story of the influences that we have on each others lives.The story follows the new friendship between Alexa and Rosie in the Parisian PR Company where they first me [...]

    16. Thank you to the wonderful author for an ebook copy in exchange for my honest review After reading MANIPULATED LIVES by H.A Leuschel, I was very excited to read her newest novella MY SWEET FRIEND definitely did not disappoint I love short stories I know a lot of people aren t fans because they want from a story, but I can appreciate a story that can pack a punch even though it has a small page count.Once again, Leuschel brings the readers into a manipulative relationship This time between two f [...]

    17. I have thoroughly enjoyed Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel so when her new book, My Sweet Friend , came out I was excited to be able to read it.Leuschel has a wonderful way with words, her story flows and, before you now it, you re hooked.The story is told from two points of view, that of the victim and of the manipulator, moving seamlessly between past and present, yet the distinction is very clearly made and each chapter brings another piece into the puzzle Leuschel did a wonderful job here a [...]

    18. My Sweet Friend was a short read that packed a punch It was very well written and full of emotion It had a few surprises, and was an intriguing story told from the point of view of both sides of a toxic friendship.I enjoyed the emotional side of the story Often times we form friendships and never analyze them or think about the consequences of becoming friends with strangers or people who are sometimes shallow or selfish This story touched on an all too sweet, gullible friend being used by a pat [...]

    19. My Sweet Friend is a novella and at 92 pages manages to pack a punch and keep the reader in a choke hold from the first page until the last What the author has managed to pack into such a slim volume is quite remarkable really, although I expected nothing less really having read and reviewed her previous collection of short stories, Manipulated Lives You can read my review for that here.My Sweet Friend introduces us to the somewhat claustrophobic, toxic friendship of Alexa and Rosie Alexa takes [...]

    20. As always, this review can be found on Books, Vertigo and Tea.Having read Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel, I am familiar with her impressive talent for exploring the human psych She has a way of approaching the behavior of manipulation in a manner that captures the raw, uneasy reality of what it is to be not only the victim, but the actual manipulator My Sweet Friend is no exception.This is the story of three individuals whose relationships as coworkers eventually progress into intimate frien [...]

    21. Similar to Manipulated Lives this is a book about a narcisstic character it takes a little while to figure out which character it is with this personality trait because of the way they twist reality in their minds Leuschel is always brilliant at the way she portrays these characters and this time I actually had some sympathy for the character in question you can t help the way you are and narcissists aren t inherently bad, they re trying to get ahead of everyone else but stamping on others is ju [...]

    22. A friend in need, may be a friend indeedIt will be a challenge to write a review and attempt to give no spoilers I had written a review when I was 50% into the story somehow it disappeared Little did I know that was not all that disappeared today I found initially the rapid development of the special sweet friend ships somewhat over the top, but it didn t take long to see how that played out An interesting read that most of us can relate to Would I recommend this novella to my friends YES Even t [...]

    23. I know that novella s are not always a first choice for people to read however if they are written well I really enjoy being able to pick them up knowing that I will be able to finish the story in such a short space of time.After reading Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel I was definitely intrigued by My Sweet Friend This story revolves around Alexa and tells the story of how she met Rosie along with showing their friendship and work life It s obvious to the reader that there is something decided [...]

    24. Would you be suspicious of someone who described you as, My sweet friend This novella tells the story of the relationship between Alexa and Rosie When smart, charismatic Alexa joins the Parisian PR firm where Rosie is a trusted employee, she quickly makes her mark Her glowing reference and impressive CV are matched by her immaculate clothes and well organised manner and she quickly strikes up a friendship with Rosie.Told in turn by Alexa and Rosie we learn what has happened, both by their admiss [...]

    25. I think it s safe to say that I m a huge fan of Leuschel s work Her short story collection, Manipulated Lives, was a work of art, each story fascinating and engaging As a rule, I m not a fan of short stories says the short story author, I know or novellas, but Leuschel managed to make me break that rule, and I m so glad she did.Alexa is an intricate character, bold and confident on the outside, but insecure, anxious on the inside How many of us have been intimidated by a colleague Someone who st [...]

    26. This is an unusual book, hard to categorise apart from being a shortish read My best attempt would be to describe it as a relationship drama Its primary focus is the friendship between work colleagues Alexa and Rosie, and its subtle shifts in balance.Alexa is the new kid on the block, who takes the quieter and less confident Rosie under her wing She names her my sweet friend , but it does not take long to sense a bitterness in Alexa s actions What are her motives And will Rosie be able to fight [...]

    27. What a great story It s certainly unusual though Normally when I read a book, I want to love the main character I want them to succeed in life and be the best they can be My Sweet Friend, however, is totally different from anything like that The main character isn t exactly the hero in this story and, strangely enough, that s what made it such a riveting read I couldn t stand hert even a little bit I really wanted her to get her comeuppance in some way.Like another reviewer commented, if you ve [...]

    28. Having previously read Manipulated Lives by H A Leuschel back in august and really enjoying it I was eager to read My Sweet Friend I ll admit I m not a huge fan of novella s as I really like to read something I can get my teeth into but My Sweet Friend is packed to the brim and I thoroughly enjoyed it.My Sweet Friend is based on the friendship between Alexa and Rosie, Alexa being the newbie at work, there seems to be a connection between the two and they soon form a friendship Alexa is the kind [...]

    29. Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review Thank you very much This doesn t affect the review in any way My opinions are, as always, my own 4.5 starsSo, I didn t really know what to expect from this book when I first started it, but it for sure surpassed my expectations I always have a hard time believing such short stories can create such a big impact but the truth is that they can, and this one did.This book is a bit in line with the previous novel from the author, cal [...]

    30. Don t you just love a book that demands debate I know I do This depiction of the relationship between work colleagues, Alexa and Rosie, does exactly that We first meet Alexa while she s on sick leave Although, she s not at home recuperating from her stressful life, she s in Biarritz Hmm, say no , the poor thing You might actually feel sorry for her at this point A call from Rosie who is still at work puts Alexa on edge There is something amiss Then comes the backstory to their first encounter wh [...]

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