But Do You Love Me with Locura?

Category: Fiction - Cultural
Author: Sharon Steeber
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: April 25, 2023
Number of Pages: 362
ISBN-13: 978-1-63988-786-6

Can a couple's love transcend time, family traditions, loyalties, and a willingness to compromise with each other regardless of the cost? Author Sharon Steeber's But Do You Love Me With Locura explores this question by introducing readers to a complex and beautiful love story between Rosie Logan and Doctor Juan Ramón Villaseñor. Rosie is from California. She is visiting Cuernavaca in Mexico to learn Spanish. While there, she meets Doctor Villaseñor. They develop a friendship, which progresses to a relationship, thus causing them more friction, questions, and uncertainties that neither of them anticipated.  ''They had become two countries on the verge of war, each with camps pitched on the border.''

The author beautifully details a whirlwind romance that Rosie and Juan struggle to sustain. Each chapter delves deeper into the connection between the main characters and the challenges surrounding them. The author also reveals how the power of love can bring new life into this book's characters' lives. 

This fiercely robust plot is lifelike. The story has an abundance of compelling imagery, from well-crafted scenes, and the littlest of emotions, to locales. The writing is clean, and the reader will appreciate how the author uses the dialect to highlight the cultural setting and other elements of the narrative. The characters are compelling, and readers will root for a storybook ending in this page-turning novel. Prevalent themes include family customs, love, solidarity, and heartbreak. 

This love story emphasizes the importance of re-examing the meaning of family and sacrifices and learning what it means to follow one's heart. A novel that's filled with passion, suspense, and pain; you won't be able to stop reading until you turn the last page. 

Reviewed By: Morgan Amos


Date: March 18, 2023