The board of directors at Diane’s theater decides to expand and add another movie screen just as Diane is swinging into full apartment-hunting mode. Juggling her time between work and real estate gets interesting when she meets Vladimir, one of the architects that will be handling the theater expansion.
is a handsome Cuban exile with a bitter hatred for the current regime in his homeland. He’s attracted to Diane, but has learned from past relationships to be up front with the news that he’s married. His estranged wife, still in
Cuba, refuses to grant him a divorce, no matter that the two can’t speak without arguing and haven’t laid eyes on each other in twelve years.
Vladimir can’t offer Diane a real future, and she must decide whether she’s willing to make do with the small part of himself he will share. Over the course of a year, Diane learns exactly what she will and won’t accept when it comes to love and real estate.
Filled with timely references to cinema classics, Valerie Block’s tale of a woman unwillingly thrust into a life crisis will leave you in the mood for popcorn, Bogart & Bergman. Diane’s
New York wit and attitude and
Vladimir’s political convictions are an interesting combination that will keep readers turning pages. The secondary characters are deftly woven into the story, and their stories add appeal and humor without overshadowing the main couple. This is a wonderful life-change story with plenty of humor and drama, and a setting that film enthusiasts will enjoy.