Tristan by Luke Robertson
Publication: October 3rd 2017 by Archway Publishing
Length: 207 pages
Source: Goodreads Giveaway, Authorhouse
Synopsis: Tristan Cosgrove is an attorney with a personal problem. A big one, one that’s both legal and ethical. And a lot of people could get hurt. When he meets Olympia, she is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Both are teenagers, and despite their hesitations, fall in love. But they soon learn that their romance is worse than taboo in the conservative state of Nebraska in 1960, because they are first cousins.
When their grandmother and parents discover their feelings, Tristan and Olympia are forced apart. Tradition, family fear, and state law dictate their breakup. Accepting their fate with difficulty, the cousins marry other people. But the heartache of soul mates is not so easily cured.
Now, nearly two decades later, the fire of their suppressed love rekindles, and the two struggle to justify what both so desperately want. Will they succeed in reclaiming their passion without destroying themselves? Or will an irresistible deadly force ruin the Cosgrove family as well as their own integrity and even their lives?
My Review: Have you ever read a book that left you utterly conflicted? This is how I initially felt after reading Tristan. The story is written in a form of a memoir, where Tristan is telling us his love story. We are witnessing his love for Olympia from a very young age and through their adult lives. While I initially felt sympathetic towards the characters, the moral question behind dating a cousin remained. I have to say, I haven’t given this much thought before and the moral dilemma left me slightly uncomfortable, mostly because my strict yes-or-no worldview was put into a question.
In the later stage of the book though, I started questioning Tristan’s motives. Of course, he was a heartbroken young man, but I felt that his way of explaining every move that he made was just awful. He just made me think that he would do whatever he wants and he will always find a good reason, made up or not, to justify it. I have to say, while I still felt sympathy towards Olympia, I started disliking Tristan.
While the story itself is very provoking, I found that the style of writing was quite nice, with only one or two slips, where it distracted me from the actual story. I also have to bow my head to how easily Luke Robertson adapted the only tale of Tristan and Isolde into a modern and relatable story. While the tale itself was never my favorite either, I enjoyed reading Robertson’s book.
Aside from the other characteristics of this novel, I would recommend it to those of you who enjoy romance books. While I’m more of a young-adult, dangerous-and-bad-for-you-boys kinda gal, I know that others might prefer reading more romantic books. I definitely felt that Tristan is one to describe his love in a thousand different ways and even if I cannot really appreciate it, it is worth noting!
My Rating: <drumroll> 4 / 5. I really feel that this book deserves a good “I really liked it” for forcing me out of my comfort zone!