July 17, 2014

Harmony Ink Press




by Nina Rossing   


Eighteen-year-old Ing is torn apart by two conflicting emotions: his numbing grief for his dead mother and his enduring love for a boy named Ellis. Four years ago, while visiting his grandmother in a remote part of Norway, his mother died the same day he kissed Ellis, his summer friend. Convinced that moving to Norway will solve his issues, Ing faces his first setback when he can’t bear to talk about his mother or go anywhere near the river where she drowned. The second blow comes when he meets Ellis at school and Ellis acts like nothing happened between them.

Ing resolves to rekindle their friendship, but his infatuation only grows as he gets to know the stunning and matured Ellis. When heart-shattering secrets surface, Ing’s resolve to bare his soul to Ellis starts to unravel. Forced to face his mother's death, he second-guesses his decision to move. His growing closeness with Ellis also frightens him, because if Ellis rejects him, he'll have no one left to love. Ing must decide what losses he is willing to endure and what chances to take in order to gain resolution.


"High School Drama and Love is all Supermassive!"  By Sara Ella 1 year ago

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Supermassive: something that is all powerful, amazing, beautiful, inevitable.

This journey is a young man's search for himself. Four years after losing his mother, Ing is having a hard time dealing his grief and disconnected from his father who is also struggling with his own grief. Ing makes a final, no-turning-back, decision to face his fears and let his sorrow go or face failure. This decision takes him from Singapore to a small town in Norway, on his own odyssey, because he knows there is a good chance that going to Norway, he will run into Ellis, his lost love. There are no giants or dragons here but the monsters inside are very real.

Nina Rossing has a special talent for capturing the thoughts of high school-aged Ing; all his fears and doubts, all of his discovery and exploration while in the small, isolated town in which his grandmother lives. She takes us through all the agony of first love and also of some cruel high school experiences. From the eyes of Ing, who comes from the city, we see the odd acceptance and safety a small community provides and this all takes place in beautiful Norway.

I fell in love with this small group of high school kids. Each one is unique and complex and mostly tolerant of each other's learning curves. The every day school dramas and Ing's observations regarding his new (old) high school are so well detailed that it is just like being there. You can see the beauty of Norway through Ing as he describes the scenery. There is so much to love about this story!

This story is for anyone eager to delve into love, loss and the wonderful bond of family and friends.