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Scorpio Rising is the story of hardworking Alex Yvanov (our Scorpio) and beautiful Brigitte Dartois. Both are creative, bright, determined, and somehow manage to pull themselves up when all seems lost. Because neither one is willing to forget their dream of living a better life.
Alex, the son of a Russian immigrant, longs for something more. He vows to get away from Brooklyn (what he calls the end of the world) and his prostitute mother. His goal—move to Manhattan and build a stunning career in architecture. He manages the first two, but the career becomes a bit harder for him until he wins a contest that takes him to France. Alex is smart, handsome and careful with his feelings and money. You can’t help but like him.
Meanwhile in France, Brigitte—abused and abandoned, used and discarded—slowly manages to build an art career, only to have it crumble under her fingers. But she can’t let the petty feelings of others ruin her. She has a son—a very ill son—who needs her almost as much as she needs him. She’s beautiful, carries around so many ghosts, and yet she’s as real as your next door neighbor. You can’t help but cheer her on.
I have to admit that I was expecting something entirely different when I began this book. A clash of the Titans involving two very self-motivated, determined people. Russian versus French in the battle between two passionate contenders. A chase spanning cities and countries that boils up and over as these individuals set their sights and go after the same thing. That’s not exactly how it happened. But I’m not disappointed. There was just a point in the book where I had to shift by perception and change my way of thinking about this book. I’m glad I did because that left me with an open mind which allowed me to enjoy every minute of ‘not what I thought it was.’
Scorpio Rising is a well-written, interesting story. Told in a unique and gentle way that keeps the readers wondering how on earth these two are going to meet, yet all the while deeply immersed in their individual stories. Normally, I like a more fast-paced book. But Domovitch’s method of storytelling, drew me in and kept me turning pages—and wishing there were more to turn.
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