Review and Giveaway of Pinnacle Lust by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
We all make choices every day...some good, some bad and some that will affect us for the rest of our life. Often we don't don't even know we're making a life changing decision until long after the fact. That's what happened to Sharon Lapidot in Pinnacle Lust. One choice and her entire life--and Sharon herself--changed forever.

Pinnacle Lust
Author: Michelle Dim-St. Pierre
Pages: 354
Publisher: BookLogix (2015)
ISBN-10: 1610055713
ISBN-13: 978-1610055710

Pinnacle Lust is a story that takes place in Israel, during Operation Desert Storm, about an illicit affair that leads to great love, betrayal and a commitment. Sharon Lapidot is a beautiful young nurse who falls deeper and deeper into an affair with a married doctor. Her world is shattered by powerful and eroding mistakes but her courage leads her to a commitment in a land far from home. It is only eighteen years later when her daughter discovers that the man who raised her is not her biological father.

Pinnacle Lust is available in paperback, hardcover, and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, and Kobo.

About Michelle Dim-St. Pierre

Michelle was born in Tel-Aviv and relocated to the United States in the early 90s. She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. She practiced for 32 years in the surgical field and health care administration. Presently Michelle is a full-time writer and a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food. Pinnacle Lust is her first novel.

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Twitter: @PinnacleLust



Review by Jodi Webb

Pinnacle Lust takes place during a time in history most of us are familiar with: the 1990s and Desert Storm. The twist is, instead of observing that moment in history through the eyes of citizen of the United States we see it through the eyes of an Israeli nurse. The Israeli culture gives the entire story a fresh feel as Sharon deals with love in an extremely conservative and religious community that is ruled by powerful men.

At first, Pinnacle Lust seems like a traditional story of forbidden love...a married doctor and an unmarried nurse. Author Michelle Dim-St.Pierre adds just a taste of love scenes; instead, much of the passion in the book comes from almost constant frustration of the lovers as they are forced apart by their personal situations and culture. But this book is more complicated than a love story, exploring Sharon's relationships--both personal and business--with many men in this male dominated world. How she handles each situation, sometimes giving in and sometimes fighting against their sexism will have you asking yourself how you would react in this culture.

Dim-St. Pierre does a good job of creating uncertainty for the reader, not unlike the uncertainty that Sharon felt about her own situation. Readers will find themselves seesawing back and forth between loving and hating each character. This novel reflects the ambivalence of the real world, where things are never black and white. Like Sharon, after a while you'll find yourself questioning everyone's motives: the wronged wife, the lovers, the friends, the employers. Why do they make the choices they do? I felt the strongest part of the book was not the love affair but the disintegration of the love affair. When the book stops being about passion and instead delves into fear, jealousy, revenge and even hate. You'll find you can't stop reading as you wonder what will happen to the lovers after the love ends. Will they go back to their old lives or will they be forever changed?

***** BOOK GIVEAWAY *****

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Angela Mackintosh said...

Excellent review, Jodi. I'm very intrigued by this book! It's completely different from what I expected with the title. LOL. I like the twist of viewing Desert Storm through the eyes of an Israeli nurse, and I'm fascinated by the emotions you described with the disintegration of the love affair. I think I need to pick up a copy. :) Congratulations to the author for a riveting debut!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I want to read this because I like star-crossed lovers stories.

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