Rating – 4/5
“We’re Kris and Nicole. We’re supposed to fit.”
Kris fell head over heels in love with Nicole, the promiscuous waitress that everybody warned him against. But he didn’t listen. He loved her. Six years and two adorable kids later, he still loves her. However, Nicole is hardly ever around for the kids, or for him. One call from the boss, Darren Hart, and she is off to work.
Kris was the best thing that happened to Nicole—the girl who had always been alone. A dysfunctional family and a father who could never hold a job for long resulted in Nicole working her ass off since she was young. And then one fine day, Kris enters her life. Six years later, she is now a journalist and moonlights as a (successful) novelist. She is a workaholic, which severely diminishes her time with family. Add into this precarious mix the marital troubles of her overbearing boss-cum-best friend, Darren, and her life is ready to tip over the edge.
Can Kris and Nicole save their marriage?
Yup, you read it right. Climbing the Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné is about that boring term – marriage. Something that we all want and repel in the same breath. We want the fireworks, the chemistry, and the stability that this institution provides but sans the responsibilities.
Sacha T. Y. Fortuné shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of marriage. She shows us the amount of hard work and sacrifice that creates the picture-perfect marriage and shows us what rips it apart.
No, there is nothing preachy in here. No pamphlets doling out marital advice. Climbing the Walls is a story of two people who are knee-deep in marital shit.
Nicole is a slacker when it comes to her family, and the worst part is she knows it. However, somehow, her work always remains her priority. Kris is the responsible parent who dotes upon his kids and if required, takes a day off to look after them. All through these six years, he keeps on hoping that one day, Nicole’s priority will be her family. Does that happen? You got to read the book to find out.
Despite the heavy topic that Sacha T. Y. Fortuné deals with, the book is fast-paced. Consequently, I flew through the pages. Fortuné is a gifted story-teller. Told from both points of view, she made me root for both Kris and Nicole.
The kids were indeed adorable. Their personalities jumped right off the pages. Moreover, Fortuné’s writing is vividly descriptive. I could picture Kris planting a sloppy kiss on Kiki, his five-year-old precocious daughter’s forehead. I could also picture him kissing the two-year-old Khai’s chubby cheeks. Lastly, I could also picture Nicole watching all of them… from afar.
My only gripe with this novel is its length. Even though it was fast-paced, I felt that the author could have easily done away with some parts.
Nevertheless, if you want to read a gritty, real, and raw romance novel, then pick up Climbing the Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné. I guarantee you will fall in love with the characters. If you are married, then you are bound to glimpse a slice of your marriage in this book. There are some sex scenes (not graphic); hence it is intended solely for mature audience.
The author sent me a digital copy of this book. I opted to provide an honest review.
Kindle edition, 557 pages, Published by Fortunink on 28th July 2018
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