However Long the Night by David Pereda
Black Hippie Chick’s Take:
What would you do if you found out that for the last 25yrs, you’ve been living a lie? That’s the dilemma that Cid is faced with, when he visits his estranged father, who is dying from cancer. His father has decided that he needs to seek absolution for his past sins;he begins the conversation by telling Cid, that the best friend that he thinks has been dead for 25 yrs. is in fact alive. Not only is he alive, but his father turned him to Castro’s men before his family had fled. Cid doesn’t even have a chance to absorb this news,when his father tells him that he has news about his first and only true love. Cid discovers that his father told his her that if she really loved him, she would let him leave for the United States and not even tell him goodbye. He is shocked to learn that even his mother, whom he believed would do no wrong, also hid the truth from him. Then his father tells him that his first love had been pregnant when they left Cuba, and he wants to apologize to his grandson and his grandson’s mother before he dies.
What will happen once Cid reunites with his first love, and introduced to his son? Will they’re love be rekindled or will his parents’ deceit block any chance they have for love? Will Cid tell his best friend the truth, that it was Cid’s dad who led to him being imprisoned? Will Cid’s son be willing to take the chance to get to know him, and will all of these things ruin all that he’s built in Florida?
This book has everything needed to enthrall the reader; the element of the all consuming Romeo & Juliet type of love. It has family secrets that are only being revealed because of an imminent death. If romance and drama appeal to you, then I would definitely recommend this book for you.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:
Cid’s mother leaned on the rail next to him. She wrapped an arm around his waist and hugged him tenderly. “How are you doing, Son?”
Cid looked into her soft brown eyes. “Fine, Mama.”
“I know you. You’re not fine at all. You always try to be so tough, but you’re not. Manny is like your father. They see life one way, like bulls. You’re like me. We feel every little emotion, because we care. So I know you’re not fine. You’re hurt.”
His eyes filled with tears. “She doesn’t love me, Mama. She didn’t come.”
“Maybe she had a reason for not coming, Son.”
“No, Mama. I tried talking to her for days, and she disappeared on me. It was as if she was angry about something. It was her way of breaking up with me.”
“Give her a chance. Call her from Tampa and listen to her explanation. You can always send for her. Maybe even come to get her.”
“I will, Mama. But deep down I know she doesn’t love me anymore.”
“Why do you say that?”
“I remembered something she said to me once. She told me, looking at me with those beautiful hazel eyes of hers, ‘Cid, the day you don’t love me anymore, don’t tell me. I don’t want to be hurt. Just go away and disappear. I’ll understand.’” A tear rolled down Cid’s cheek, and he wiped it away with the back of his hand. “And that’s what Sandra did, Mama, you see? She disappeared.”
They watched the Cuban coast in silence, gold and green and blue. A cool breeze replaced the strong wharf odor with the briny smell of the open sea.
After a while, Cid noticed his mother was crying. “What’s wrong?”
“Don’t mind me. Just an old lady’s tears.” Her gaze was fixed on the receding coastline. “She’s beautiful, isn’t she?”
“I’ll miss her.”
David Pereda is an award-winning author who enjoys crafting political thrillers and mainstream novels. His books have won the Lighthouse Book Awards twice, the Royal Palm Awards, the National Indie Excellence Awards, and the Readers Favorite Awards. He has traveled extensively around the world and speaks several languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching college-level courses, Pereda had a rich and successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, and Qatar, among others.
A member of MENSA, Pereda is the regional director of the Florida Writers Association and the co-founder of AWE (Asheville Writing Enthusiasts). He loves sports and has won many prizes competing in track and show-jumping equestrian events.
Pereda lives with his family in Asheville, North Carolina.
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ISBN: However Long the Night
978-1-61572-599-1 Print Book