Reviews for “Underlying Notes”

28 Dec

I met Eva Pasco on MySpace several months ago and she has been so encouraging in my own attempts to revive my writing skills. Her book had already been accepted for publishing before we met and we both waited excitedly for its launch. After she had her first pre-publication book signing, I begged her for a signed copy from the next signing and she parlayed that into a couple dozen copies for her friends. I cherish my signed copy and have written my own review, which I will be posting shortly. In the interim, here is what others have already said:

Underlying Notes is a well-blended concoction of the day-to-day events that shape one’s life. Comfort food for your heart, it is mixed with flavorful characters that stay with you long after the feast.

Certain signposts of life can be seen only in the rearview mirror, others come at you head on; so learns Carla Matteo, a married, fifty-something woman defining her second act of life. Carla incorporates her love for fragrances and their various scents, or “notes,” to cope with the myriad of pitfalls and successes that happen to all of us.

A long-time fan of suspense thrillers, I stepped outside my comfort zone with this romantic offering. To my delight, I have discovered a new, favorite author in Eva Pasco. Like the warmest of neighbors, Pasco invites you into her main character’s home, directing the reader’s gaze along the mantle where pictures of friends and relatives, past and present, line the shelves of her imagination. Crafting elegant prose, your literary hostess shares the fabric of their lives, and strangers soon become second family.

My endearing attachment to a fictional character is a testament to Pasco’s writing skill. A few scenes had me overcome, and I had to put the book down. This story will stay with me for a long time, and has earned a place on my top shelf.

Jonathan Womack, author of A Cry for a Hero and The Dogman Cometh

Charles River Press, Inc.
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Moonbeams

Carla Matteo copes with life by “taking to the bottle”— glass goddesses funneling perfume! During a mid-life renaissance, the juice provides a hook for Carla to find her own niche while the ominous rose note in Paloma Picasso forces her to confront a troubled past.

This is a truly poignant story of a woman’s remarkable journey to find meaning to her life. Carla Matteo struggles to find her place in the world. As she delves deeper into her obsession with smelling perfumes Carla goes through the emotions that will finally put the ghosts of her past to rest.

Eva Pasco brings us a new novel, UNDERLYING NOTES, giving readers a glimpse into a woman’s private life, history and realizing where her true happiness lies.

There are many reasons I enjoyed this book. One being that no matter what was going on with Carla’s husband, Joe—he never once turned his back on her. He was supportive all the way even if they got into fights. Not to mention the fact that despite Carla going through this crisis, she always managed to be there for her family and friends. I also can’t help but mention and love this quote from Carla to Joe.

“That was a Sicilian message from the girl next door.”

I give this a rating of 5 Moonbeams.

Strictly Romance Reviews

4 Roses Review: Romance Reader at Heart

Carla Matteo is undergoing a midlife crisis. With no children, a dream career that she’d given up to make her husband happy, and a job she isn’t fond of, it’s time to make a change. She tells her husband she is bowing out of her secretarial job at the rubbish removal company they built together and tries to find something else to do with her life.

The problem is, Carla isn’t sure what to do next. She has a scarred psyche, between her father’s strange death and the loss of a dear friend that has left her feeling guilty. Her only hobby is perfumes, and this grows into an obsession as she throws herself into a website bulletin board with similar fanatics and considers her next step.

Life is always changing, and Carla discovers this as an old friend plans his relocation and a new friend moves next door. Carla’s not very good at relationships, but she needs to find her footing both in her past and her present. UNDERLYING NOTES is a prose poem as much as a women’s fiction novel. Carla tells us her own story and it is suffused with the power of the “juice”–all the perfumes she loves so well. Reading this novel is a heady experience!

Heather Hiestand


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