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Portraits of the Wind

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A heartrending, poetic and inspiring story that would make you fall in love all over again.

It won't take longer than the first few pages of this book to fall in love with the main character's nostalgia. You'd feel like dreaming. You’d want to go back to those days when love was all that mattered and you felt as though nothing would ever get in your way. Even if your love has failed and faded, you'd still find something in it to look back to. If there’s anything this book should teach you, it’s that sadness never means your love could never be beautiful.


For all its wistfulness, this book is also filled with the kind of realism that could have made it a memoir of the two main characters. Written from the perspective of Xavi and Luma, you’d enter their lives and believe for yourself that they could just have been as real as you and I.


It’s been quite a while since a novel has captured my attention from start to the very end. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It tugged at my heart as though it would break into pieces.


A real page-turner, you’d want to know what happens next. It’s as though you were watching your favorite television series and you wanted to finish watching all of the season’s episodes in a day.


I was reminded of the very first book I wrote after participating in a screenplay workshop. I almost deprived myself of sleep just to finish what I was so passionately writing about.


With the exception of a few explicit words, I love almost everything about this story. I liked the settings (Morocco, Qatar, and the Philippines) and the intercultural romance. I liked the sentimentality of the male protagonist. I liked the guts and frankness of the female lead.


What I loved most of all was the way heartbroken and grieving readers could relate to it and find hope for healing. In this way, I was reminded of the debut novel of Matthew Quick titled “The Silver Linings Playbook”.


We are not presented with perfect characters. We are shown their vulnerabilities and their pain. But we are also shown courage in the midst of struggle. We are shown how we could still find hope for love even if we could not imagine how, even if all we could feel right now is the pain of our grieving hearts.


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Hi, I'm Joyce! I review Children's Books as well as Christian, Fantasy, Romance, Memoirs, and Mystery Books. I do freelance as well as book club reviews. I'm also a novelist, poet, and self-help author. My inspirational blog is definitely a place to share reviews from a similar genre.

PART ONE: XAVI

About the author

Janix Pacle is a filmmaker from the Philippines based in Qatar. He has a few unproduced screenplays that were written as a hobby, some of which became the inspiration for his first novel “Portraits of the Wind.” view profile

Published on June 23, 2020

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120000 words

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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