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A love of the English language was fostered in Violet Yates at a young age. Since the time she could first read, books were an escape to a world full of fantasy and imagination, where horses became unicorns and wings, where tornadoes picked up houses and little girls and they somehow landed in an emerald city. Having grown up in Hawaii, there was quite a bit of Hawaiian legend to be told to little Violet, as well as Chinese stories of girls and boys being born from peaches and growing from trees. She wrote her first story at age 8 and sent it into Highlights magazine, who sadly rejected it. But that did not stop her. Throughout Violet's life, she worked at perfecting her writing, striving to achieve straight A's in school.
While in New York in her 30's, Her love of words led her to seek a Bachelor's degree in English, and during those years she wrote a novel, a novella and several short stories. She went on to obtain a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration.
Violet loves to read, write, watch movies, listen to music and dream. She considers the Bible to be the best book ever written.
Violet has three children,a 23 year old son who is strong and wise, a 22 year old son who is handsome and makes her so proud, and a beautiful 13 year old daughter who takes after her mother a great deal.
Currently Violet lives in on the Kona Coast in Hawaii.
on Aug. 06, 2011 :
Life is definitely not rosy for Rose, as she gradually realizes she in trapped in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful and uncaring spouse.
Author Violet Yates explores a wide range of emotions first love, infatuation, marital love, lust and unfulfilled love as told through Rose’s relationships with the man she loves and the man she thinks she loves.
“Leaves of Fall” is a typical story of one person in a group of ordinary people living ordinary lives. Rose’s viewpoints on her life as she lives it, her thoughts and actions, doesn’t find her taking responsibility for her role in her relationships. Instead, the story is a “lay in the bed you made”, with a could have, should have, and would have if somebody else hadn’t made the decision for Rose.
Husband Trevor, best friend Missy, friend Ethan, and Ethan’s wife Sherry are superficial characters used to direct action flow from plot to subplot and back again. Character motivation needs further development to understand why Rose and Ethan are so easily controlled and deceived by their spouses. Rose’s transition from co-dependency to free will freedom is glossed over in one leap of faith, a brief understated epiphany. The ending is uncomfortable, like there should have been more done to resolve Rose’s and Ethan’s situations.
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