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Chance Irving is a young man with a gift for getting into trouble-not surprising, as trouble is all he’s ever known. After losing everything he held dear one fateful night, he decides to leave New York and his past behind, and joins the French Foreign Legion. But even in Algiers, Chance can’t seem to shake his old ways, and he ends up being transferred to a unit made up of misfits and rabble-rousers like him-a unit he finds just in time to be captured and thrown into a cell with his new commandant, Jacky Valentine.
A highly respected commandant with a soft spot for hard luck cases, Jacky is the kind of guy who would go to war for you, and the three equally troubled youths from his unit he’s more or less adopted feel the same way about him. Suddenly Chance starts to think that his life doesn’t have to be as desolate and barren as the wastelands around him.
But even after their escape, with the promise of a future with Jacky to buoy his spirits, or maybe because of it, Chance can’t stop making mistakes. He disobeys orders, lashes out at the boys in Jacky’s care, and blazes a trail of self-destruction across the desert-until someone makes him realize he’s hurting more than just himself.
So I’m not sure how to review this book.
Here’s my conflict: while I was reading it, there were a lot of things that would typically distract me, that I’d definitely want to point out in a review, that I feel would be pet peeves of many other readers. But, when I finished reading the story, I was charmed and in a blissful state of “gawwww”.
The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is a historical set in the 20’s?/30’s? about a young family-less kid who is raised in the theater, by the theater. He finds happiness and care, grows up and learns the ropes, but due to circumstances, his life takes a turn and things aren’t so rosy anymore.
This first bit of the book fell under the categories of “telling” and “infodump” to be honest. And I was having a hard time figuring out if I wanted to go on. The reason I did? Chance. Chance is a likable character, conflicted, rough, but his voice reads really sympathetic and I wanted to stay on the journey with him.
He eventually finds himself serving in the French Foreign Legion overseas at war. We meet Jacky, his commanding officer, and a bunch of young teens who serve as his posse. Again, the story lags and the setting didn’t feel historical nor warlike and I still battled with how I was feeling about the book as a whole. But I still liked Chance, and I liked Jacky even more, and The Brats: Alexander, Bobby, and Johnnie all stole my heart.
So here’s the thing…Charlie Cochet writes the sweetest fairy tales ever. It’s her thing. She’s the master at it. And because she does it so well, you don’t care that everything is perfect even when it’s not supposed to be on page. You don’t care that it all works out in a way that not one thing is out of place. You don’t care that everyone is gorgeous and they all love each other and are gay and hot. It works.
Obviously, this review is all over the place, but my feelings about the book are kinda all over the place. I enjoyed it more than I probably should have. And I loved the characters. And it made me happy. I miss them now even when I’m done with the book. I guess the rest can just take a back seat.
Ami – 4 stars
Tracy – 3.5 stars
Title: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (The Auspicious Troubles of Love #1)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Release Date: June 20, 2012
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