Dif­fer­ent Shades of the Same Color – by Michelle Arse­nault

A sexy, funny and quick-wit­ted adult novel about two women flee­ing the monotony of their old lives

Journal Pioneer - - NEWS - De­siree An­stey De­siree An­stey is a Sum­mer­side-based free­lance writer. She holds de­grees in Jour­nal­ism and Amer­i­can Stud­ies from Lin­coln and Keele uni­ver­si­ties in the United King­dom. She can be reached at: de­siree.an­stey@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

Af­ter long-time boyfriend Clifford pops the ques­tion to Natasha Par­sons, un­der the per­fect moon­lit sky, in­stead of feel­ing swept off her feet, “Natasha Par­sons felt numb. What he sug­gested felt more like a trap: as if the walls were clos­ing in on her and she was fever­ishly at­tempt­ing to find the door to get out.”

It all started when Natasha, an es­tab­lished doc­tor, gets a head in­jury at her un­cle’s po­lit­i­cal fundraiser and starts act­ing dif­fer­ently.

Her life is no longer about liv­ing by a moral code, but rather do­ing what­ever feels right in that moment, which of­ten leads to pro­mis­cu­ous sit­u­a­tions.

Natasha ques­tions her clos­est re­la­tion­ships – boyfriend, fa­ther, mother, and (adopted Cam­bo­dian) sis­ter, Vanessa – while un­rav­el­ling a string of dark fam­ily se­crets and rev­e­la­tions of her own. Her wor­ried mother, Cyn­thia, con­vinces Natasha to take a va­ca­tion so she can re­gain her sense of moral­ity and dig­nity. On a trip that Natasha and Vanessa de­cide to take to­gether to Hen­nessey, Al­berta, Natasha comes to re­al­ize that de­spite the dif­fer­ences be­tween her and her sis­ter grow­ing up they are ac­tu­ally very much alike. And as the va­ca­tion takes on mo­men­tum, the women be­gin to grow in­tox­i­cated with the scent of their own free­dom and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Told with frank­ness and style, sparkling with warmth and hu­mor, P.E.I. au­thor, Michelle Arse­nault chal­lenges so­cially con­structed no­tions on fem­i­nin­ity through her com­plex and in­trigu­ing char­ac­ters, Natasha and Vanessa. Arse­nault’s novel is pow­er­ful in part be­cause it’s about more than a blos­som­ing friend­ship be­tween two sis­ters of no bi­o­log­i­cal con­nec­tion.

It’s about the trans­for­ma­tion and lib­er­a­tion of two women that es­cape the con­straints of gen­der, class, time, and place. And in the process they dis­cover them­selves. But, like all good nov­els, there are some un­seen twists that will leave the reader in shock. Dif­fer­ent Shades of the Same Color is Arse­nault’s lat­est novel. She is also the au­thor of Fire and the pre­quel,

A Spark be­fore the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vam­pires, and Her Name is Mariah. Arse­nault lives in Cape Wolfe, in P.E.I. And her nov­els can be found at all on­line re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Chap­ters, Ama­zon, iTunes, Barnes & No­ble, and more.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www.mi­maon­fire.com

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