WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT LIFE IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
I really loved this story. I like the imagery of the rose. It’s often used in literature because it’s so powerful, and Rayne Golay’s use of it here doesn’t feel like a cliché. What happens to Nina happens to us all: the realization that roses come with thorns, and so does love.
I like what Rayne did at the very beginning: got the story going instead of describing weather or back-story. So I was drawn in right away.
Good orchestration of your characters in their daily motions and interactions.
Although it’s seldom possible to write a story without switching character viewpoint, I am usually most satisfied when I spend most of the time in one character’s viewpoint. You’ve done a good job as I felt like I was solidly inside Nina’s head most of the time. I felt part of the story.
Nina’s motivations are clear: basically she’s there to grieve, heal and build a new life. She manages to do this, even though it causes her further grief. I’m satisfied that her character arc of learning how to live and love again doesn’t necessarily mean that every part of her life is going to be okay. I like that you had the guts to take away the new man she loved. It’s hard to do that, even if you’re just writing it! Readers depend on writers to put them into uncomfortable situations vicariously, and you’ve certainly done that.
In your dialog it was mostly obvious through the grounding you used who was speaking. I see you seldom use dialog tags for the speaker, but the way you’ve written your story they would only get in the way.
I think the tone of your book befits the subject matter. You as the writer stand in the background and tell your story simply, letting your characters shine.
Great job with your setting as I was seeing and smelling Florida through your story.
Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association
Rayne Golay has created a winner in her first novel, LIFE IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. We follow the struggles of Nina Brochard as she makes her way through a middle life separation and the challenges of starting life anew in a foreign country.
This story is at once inspirational and insightful. Rayne Golay teaches us that life truly does get better for those who are willing to take chances.
A must read!
Hilary Hemingway, Author of: Hemingway In Cuba, Hunting With Hemingway, Dreamchild, Dreamland, and Timeblender
LIFE IS A FOREGIN LANGUAGE kept me turning the pages from beginning to the end. As the story got into full swing, I so hoped for a happy ending, but that was not to be in the classical sense of the word. Nina Brochard is a wounded woman. Hurt, she dares to take the risk to start the process of change, to love and embarks on the path of healing. I came away enriched by knowing the people in this novel. RAYNE E. GOLAY writes with fresh and lucid sensitivity. Her characters are made out of whole cloth.
John Moederle, Masters Degree in International Relations
Michael Hamilton, the male protagonist in the novel LIFE IS A FOREIGN LANGUGE is a man I would have liked to have in my life. All through the novel, I found myself wondering if Nina Brochard would learn the lessons he was so clearly there to teach her. Was I learning them myself in some indefinable way? RAYNE E. GOLAY’s visual descriptions have an immediacy about them that allowed me not only to read the story but to actually live it. She writes with a refreshing style, a voice all her own.
Deborah Anne Walton, English Teacher
In the novel LIFE IS A FOREIGN LAGUAGE, Nina Brochard’s internal voyage from abnegation and humiliation through to self-realization tugged at my heart and mind. I learned a lot from this novel. Nina’s story is universal and moving, with which the reader certainly can identify. Rayne E. Golay describes her main characters strikingly, yet manages to leave room enough to tickle one’s imagination. I visualized Nina’s and Michael’s emotional and physical nuances in vivid technicolor. Bravo!
Janet Hacin, Psychotherapist