Running for Yellow, Christina Varrasso

Christian Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction

Running for Yellow is a heartfelt story recounting one woman’s journey of self-discovery, in which life’s demands and diversions inevitably return her to the enduring foundations of family and faith. Christina Varrasso has crafted a novel that balances a poignant narrative with a light-hearted spirit, while introducing a memorable cast of characters that is lovingly detailed and remarkably true-to-life. Chiara is a hopeless romantic, and as her life unfolds from early adolescence to adulthood, she breaks a promise made to her Italian immigrant father that she would first complete her education before pursuing marriage. Chiara finds her life in complete upheaval after Papa suffers a heart attack and a series of anonymous phone calls force her to question the fidelity of her now-husband, Adrian. Blending humor, drama, and a measured dose of suspense, Running for Yellow is a rewarding and endearing novel about coming of age and the restoring nature of family, love, and faith.

Running for Yellow is one of the best character study novels I have ever read. Reads that involve the study of one character and their journey over a period of time are my favorite type of reads to get lost in as they take you on an incredible journey that is entertaining as well as warming. However, many books fill the contemporary fiction genre that is in no way warming or entertaining, Running for Yellow, however, is different. Christiana Varrasso, the author of this extraordinary and well-crafted tale has written a phenomenal, moving, heartwarming read that is guaranteed to entertain readers for hours on end; I know I was!

Running for Yellow follows the life and journey of a young woman called Chiara. Chiara is the focus of Running for Yellow, and the reader will observe her throughout the trials and tribulations she experiences throughout her life from childhood to adulthood. Chiara is the daughter of an Italian father who is an immigrant and the reader first follows Chiara through her teenage years as she studies. Her father has only one request that Chiara completes her education before pursuing marriage. Chiara, however, is a hopeless romantic; she loves to love, and all she wants in life is to find somebody to marry and live happily ever after, so when she falls in love with Adrian she marries him.

Sadly, Chiara’s father suffers a heart attack, and she is troubled by the thoughts of her father and how she broke his wish. Matters are not helped when she begins to receive a series of anonymous phone calls which speak some terrible suspicions that her husband is cheating.

The reader will follow Chiara on her journey of self-discovery as she navigates love, marriage, family and faith (all core themes prominent in this book) and book lovers, it makes for a truly stunning read that is not to be missed.

The exploration of the protagonist in this novel Chiara is phenomenal and I applaud Christina Varrasso for her excellent talent at characterization, as well as hooking her reader and making them invest in the character and their life. As I read this book I instantly found myself addicted, I was not only addicted to the beautiful prose but also the character of Chiara as I was desperate to know where her story would lead.

If a novel is an exploration of a character, the reader has to be able to invest in such character early on otherwise the whole book would fail. Christina Varasso is a talented author, and she managed to hook me straight away and this is all thanks to her supreme talent. Christina Varasso is an author I adore, the themes she laces throughout her book are poignant as well as inspirational and I admire how she laces all these themes around one core theme – Faith.

As I am a huge lover of this dramatic moving story about one woman’s journey, I have no choice but to award this book a stunning piece of fiction a  dazzling Five Stars! If you are a reader who wants to be engrossed in an engrossing story then this book is a must read and will definitely keep you captivated for hours on end!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Running for Yellow; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

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