Author Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
One, Two, Three is an emotionally rooted story of an injured ballerina’s recovery, grief and relationships after a horrific accident kills her father and shatters her dreams.
Natalya has always wanted to be prima ballerina and she’s well on her way to achieving her dream when she and her father get into a terrible car accident. Not only does her father not make it but she is also left with such extensive injuries that it is unlikely she will be able to dance again, not that such news will keep her from trying. Nataly and her mother, Katya, move into her grandmother’s house, a place Natalya used to spend her summers. Katya, who has always had a drinking problem, is overcome with grief and seeks escape through drinking non-stop. Natalya is dealing with a lot but she is making it through until a huge secret is revealed and she turns to her mother’s coping machismos.
I really loved how the author allows Natalya to put it all out there, she does not gloss over or sugar coat alcoholism. Natalya has so much dumped on her at one time that you can see where she was headed but that doesn’t take away from the story at all. It’s all part of her experience and it feels like you are right there with her.
Antonio is the love interest of the story, although he starts off as more of an annoyance. He turns out to be right what Natalya needs and even thought their relationship isn’t prefect, you can see why it works. I do wish there was more about his past. I felt like there is a lot more to Antonio than what is in this book, but since this is only the first book in the series, I can only hope that we will get to know a lot more about him.
There are a lot of wonderful secondary characters in this story, each one serves a wonderful purpose for Natalya. Each character is interesting in their own way and, again, I hope to see a lot more of them as the series continues.
The beginning of this book is a little slow and repetitive. I felt like there where some parts of the
beginning that could have been cut down in order to move the story along. Once the story picks up the pacing is just right and it’s hard to stop reading.
This being only book number one, it does have an open ended finish. I was left wanting more, which is the point of a series.
If you are in the mood for an emotional romance with a marred heroine that you can’t help but to root for, you will enjoy One, Two, Three.