Finding True Love Requires Letting Go of Illusions

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The contemporary women's novel, "Cantaloupe Dance," witnesses a young woman's journey of self-discovery as she tries to understand herself by recalling her loves, her longings, and her dreams with a therapist.

Author Kellie Jameson sorts through the intricacies of love in her new romantic fiction novel, "Cantaloupe Dance" (ISBN 0595409725, iUniverse, Inc., 2006). An enlightening journey into the past reveals the inner clarity thirty-year old Noella Parker has been searching for, and the true meaning of real love.

"The past is the present, or so it seems at times. I am swept away by the sweet power of my lover only to wake up and realize I was dreaming again. Looking back, I marvel that I found the love of four men when I struggled to find myself. All my loves and dreams helped me grow from an innocent teenager into the woman I am today, and so I continue to dream, or perhaps I am living the dream." - excerpt from "Cantaloupe Dance"

Through a series of therapy sessions, Noella reveals the four romantic relationships she has had throughout her life. She is longing to be loved, and becomes increasingly weary of the idea when every man she falls for elusively slips through her grasp. Her passionate search to understand her life becomes an insightful look into the ideas she's formed about love. Her dreams act as the catalyst for a dialog with her therapist, all the while revealing insights into who Noella is, and how she has adapted to living with her past.

Although Noella's stories are unique, her journey is common and highly relatable for any woman. "Much like Noella," says Jameson, "many women struggle to find who they are in a relationship, instead of knowing who they are and what they have to offer before going into one."

Jameson's own personal self-discovery journey was the inspiration for her book, and she shares an intuitive level of understanding towards her main character's life story.

Reaching far into her past for answers, Noella uncovers the devastating impact of losing her father at a young age. In describing the diversity of the four men who were the "loves" of her life, she begins to see correlations between her choices, her unconscious desire for wholeness, and the past she's been tangled in. Noella discovers a clear vision of herself and her future, learning that love is about letting go, moving forward, and trusting the process of life.

Kellie Jameson resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two daughters. This, her first novel, was originally written in 2001. The manuscript gathered dust in a closet for five years until recently, when Jameson was inspired to dust it off and revise it. In addition to writing, Jameson enjoys reading, running, hiking, cooking and most of all, playing with her girls. "Cantaloupe Dance" (ISBN 0595409725, iUniverse, Inc., 2006) can be purchased at online bookstores, or visit http://www.cantaloupedance.com

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