Colette by Michelina Vinter

Posted December 3, 2013 in Book Review / 1 Comment


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Colette by Michelina VinterColette by Michelina Vinter
Published by Nathalie Valkov on August 2nd 2013
Genres: Adult fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 244
Format: ARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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In 1938, Colette, an eighteen-year-old Parisian girl, falls for American professor Adam Walker. Within weeks, the young couple married and moving back to the United States, and Colette must say goodbye to the only home she's ever known. After traveling to New York and eventually to her new home in Berkeley, Colette discovers that she's expecting, and life doesn't seem like it could get any better. Colette soon discovers, however, that Adam isn't the man she thinks. Forced to endure an abusive husband and a lonely pregnancy, the only solace she can find is with her neighbor, John Wu. A devoted friend, John proves to be the shoulder she can cry on, and the man she can depend on to take care of her. But as time goes by and war draws nearer, life begins to take a dramatic turn. As the world begins to change around her, Colette's fantastic story will take her around the world and back in defense of her family, her child, and her love. Packed to the brim with dramatic twists and turns, this exhilarating story follows one woman's incredible journey through life, love, and war. Colette is an exciting new romantic thriller by Michelina Vinter filled with fast-paced emotions and gripping suspense. Exploring the constraints of life and family, this captivating novel uses romance, action, and intrigue to draw readers in while showing them something more. An enthralling romantic thriller, the novel is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys leisurely reading. From action aficionados to romance junkies, this book is perfect for readers of all backgrounds and interests and will keep them hooked until the very last word. A delicious blend of action, adventure, and romance, Colette is a one-of-a-kind story that follows one woman's fantastic journey through life. Encountering everything from first love and domestic abuse to the Gestapo and even a kidnapping plot, Colette's life proves to be as exciting as it is dramatic and a truly remarkable story to experience. Keeping readers guessing until the last sentence, this tremendous novel will stick with readers long after they've put the book down.

main points

Writing Style
I loved the writing. It was so simple but light and fun. It also had a slightly foreign feel to it, like the narrator didn’t speak English as his/her first language. It was charming.
This story was full of adventure! It was nonstop action, twists and turns everywhere. It was somewhat easy to predict in some aspects, but almost impossible in others. It was definitely a fast read. It was not so much about history and WWII, but more about Colette’s relationships with others. The main theme seemed to be interracial relationships in the mid 1900s. I also found it quite amusing that she was a Frenchwoman practicing Chinese medicine in America.
Colette: She had a lot of development. She started off as a simple naive schoolgirl falling for an American, but by the end she could hold her own and grew in character. She was probably one of the characters with the most development I’ve seen in one book (not a series). And it was a smooth transition, too. She was Colette all the way through.
Adam: The typical guy who is a sweetheart at first but lacks commitment. Not evil, but not a nice guy.
John: He was so nice! He was the perfect guy all the way through. His biggest (and perhaps only) flaw is that he seems to always think Colette needs protecting, when she is quite capable of looking after herself.
A nice fairy tale happy ending. But room for a sequel! I hope there is one. I would read it right away.

Good vs. Bad


  • Plot
  • Characters
  • historical setting
  • adventure!
  • pacing
  • writing style
Less than perfect:
  • too short! Hope for a sequel!

Bottom Line

This book was a fun, quick read. A perfect fairy tale. The heroine is a perfect mix of sweet and badass. The plot is very fast-paced and full of adventure. It was hard to put down. Would I read more by this author? Definitely. Would I recommend this book to others? Of course!


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Michelina Vinter

Hello Alicia. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book. Such wonderful reviews are always appreciated. I am very glad you enjoyed Colette. And yes, I am working on number 2 :) Best – Michelina