The Year of Loving by Traci L. Slatton – Review by Layna

32506675Title: The Year of Loving

Author: Traci L. Slatton


Art gallerist Sarah Paige’s world is crumbling. One daughter barely speaks to her and the other is off the rails. Sarah is struggling to keep her gallery afloat in a tough market when she learns that her most beloved friend has cancer. In the midst of her second divorce, two men come into her life: an older man who offers companionship and stability and an exciting younger man whose life is as chaotic as hers.

Sarah’s courage, humor, and spirit strengthen her, but how much can she bear, and what sustains her when all else falls away?




Traci L. Slatton is one of the most underrated authors I have come across. I have yet to read one of her works that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy and The Year of Loving is no exception. It was beautifully written and evoked a wide range of emotions. I went in to reading this story, not really certain how things would pan out but the synopsis left me intrigued.

The book gained my interest from the very first page, although there were times when the story slowly progressed. Sarah, the main character, has so many struggles going on in her life, it’s a wonder that she was able to cope with it all. There were times that I was concerned that maybe she wasn’t coping well at all. Sarah’s story made me feel, truly feel, as if I were a part of her life and I was her long time friend. Her story made me shed tears for her, for what she had to deal with. Her family was falling to pieces, her love life was laughable at times, her best friend had cancer and she had to deal with the loss of a pet.

Traci has such a way with words. I absolutely love the way she writes! The details and description bring you into the story. I don’t know much about art, but after reading Sarah’s story, I feel more knowledgeable in the subject. The book is written in such a way that you really connect with all of the characters, whether you like them or not. I had to keep reading to know what happened next in Sarah’s life, even if that meant I lost a little (a lot) of sleep in the process. Truly a great story and a must read!




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About the Author:

Traci L. Slatton, author of FALLEN and COLD LIGHT, is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL and her contemporary vampire art history mystery THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times; COLD LIGHT and FAR SHORE further the dystopian tale. DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE is her first book of poetry. She also wrote a sculpture book, THE ART OF LIFE, with her husband. THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE is a bittersweet rom-com that addresses the question: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?
Her latest book is a manual for do-it-yourselfers entitled HOW TO WRITE, PUBLISH, AND MARKET YOUR BOOK YOURSELF, A Manual for the courageous and persistent.

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