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The Proverbial Mr. Universe by Maria La Serra~Review

Nobody ever talks about the sound the heart makes just when they’re about to lose something. After that, the heart goes silent.


The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Maria La Serra
Publication date: June 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered;
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.

When the universe conveys a message, you listen.

Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind—until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.

Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s become accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine—until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.

Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?

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I truly wanted to adore this novel and for a while I was nervous that I wouldn’t. Have you ever thought that there was something bigger out there? Something destined to happen if only you seize the moment? That sums up this book. To be honest it started off slow for me. I had a hard time getting into it, but then I found myself needing more. I needed to know what destiny had in store for Olivia and Nick.

My heart ached for the abuse Olivia endured from her ex-fiance but I was annoyed by her upturned nose towards Nick in their first encounters. It made me wonder how many people brush off what could be their soul mate everyday.

Family was a big theme in this novel, a support system who stands tall even when you are crumpling. A system that even though it may be flawed will rise to the occasion.

Olivia was a puppet in someone else’ show. Continually doing something because it was expected. Nick’s outlook on life was bright, despite his challenges and I think that it was his witty banter with Olivia that kept her at ease with him.

This turned into a great summer read and I hope that you love it as much as did!

Trust me, after all, I am Mr. Universe 🙂







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Maria La Serra, a fashion designer, turned writer, lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. She will try everything at least once, except for skiing, hiking or camping-okay anything relating to activities done in the great outdoors. The Proverbial Mr. Universe is her first novel.



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