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Keep your Friends Close: My Sweet Friend by H.A Leuschel @HALeuschel @RaRaResources #BlogTour

Even after its death, my old Macbook is giving me hell! I was using the calendar to plan my reviews and of course, I was sure my review of My Sweet Friend was for today. My brain was too dead to go back to my emails to check, so here it is, one day late!

36678713Title: My Sweet Friend
Author: H.A Leuschel
Date of publication:  2018
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 92
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A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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What would you do for your friends?

They are supposed to support you, laugh with you, cry with you. Finding them can be difficult, losing them even harder. I know when I consider someone my friend, I would go above and beyond for them.
But do they deserve it?

I am not talking about counting points for everything good or bad that happens in your friendship. But sometimes the joy of having someone who seems to understand and have your best interest at heart is enough to make you blind. Friendship is a kind of love that brings you as much happiness as finding your soulmate. I can be single, but I need my friends around. Nothing is impossible without them.

In My Sweet Friend, Hélène Leuschel explores the necessary boundaries for a healthy friendship. She pushes the walls to show how destructive and hurtful a friendship can be when one of the parties has deeper motives for keeping you close. Manipulation is again at the heart of the author’s work and she plays with the threads of the plot with a skilled hand and the right insight to make you feel something is wrong, to show you the signs.

Rosie doesn’t see them at first. She puts the odd reaction on whatever excuse she can find, indulging her friend as much as she can. What is extraordinary with Hélène Leuschel’s writing is that there is no place for judgement. You witness, you learn, you feel for the characters, and you think twice about what happens. What could happen. How you would react. How you should react? I always find myself asking what would be my own way of dealing with a manipulative and liar friend. Would I see it happening? Would there be someone out there to let me know?

The line between trust and betrayal is thin and the author blurs it, she plays with it until you feel more aware. Reading My Sweet Friend is like dissecting an insect to see what’s inside. I cannot say I hated Alexa. She definitely is not a nice character, but I was looking for reasons to her behavior. Studying human beings interactions is fascinating, especially when you’re in such good hands as Hélène’s.

My Sweet Friend sheds light on a situation that happens more than we would like to admit it, with an intriguing plot and characters playing their role at their best.

You can get the novella on Amazon!

Find out more about the story on the tour!

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Helene Andrea Leuschel was born and raised in Belgium to German parents. She gained a Licentiate in Journalism, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. Helene moved to the Algarve in 2009 with her husband and two children, working as a freelance TV producer and teaching yoga. She recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. Manipulated Lives is Helene’s first work of fiction.

Find her on Twitter: @HALeuschel

18 thoughts on “Keep your Friends Close: My Sweet Friend by H.A Leuschel @HALeuschel @RaRaResources #BlogTour”

  1. Sounds like a thought provoking book. I have heard good things about this Author from her short stories book. Sounds like she continues with that way of writing in this book.
    It would be a very difficult and confusing position to be in on whether to trust your friend or realise what is happening. I fear that many people will be able to relate to this book, sadly.
    Amanda. xx


  2. This review is spot on! You nailed it totally and I also think that the line in between betrayal and trust is thin and blurred- made for a great reading experience 🙂


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