If there’s a book all children should read, and then re-read when they become adults, it’s “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This is one of those books that are always seen with different eyes if they are read at different ages. No matter when you read it, or how many times you read it, you are bound to find new messages and morals between its pages. For those who have read “The Little Prince” and loved it, here’s a recommendation you shouldn’t miss: “Lonely Heart of the Little Prince” by LeeAnna Neumeyer.
“Lonely Heart of the Little Prince” is a work of fiction, so it should not be regarded as a biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry or Adele Breaux. Who is Adele Breaux, you might wonder? Well, Adele was one of the few people who were close to Saint-Exupéry during the time when he was writing his masterpiece, “The Little Prince”. In 1942, Saint-Exupéry was looking for a quiet place to complete his novel, and he found it in a mansion on Long Island, near the village of Northport. Adele was a French teacher from Northport High School, whom Saint-Exupéry hired to teach him English. Little by little, they became good friends, and Adele saw his novel taking form. It seems that what Saint-Exupéry never knew was that Adele could have been more than a friend to him. Adele had fallen in love with him, but she never had the courage to tell him. Consuelo, Saint-Exupéry’s wife, was one of the reasons Adele never confessed to her feelings.
LeeAnna Neumeyer grew up in Northport, Long Island, and her novel is inspired by the memories and recollections from three of Adele’s closest friends. “Lonely Heart of the Little Prince” is a captivating and heart-wrenching book about friendship and true love that must be kept secret for everyone’s sake. However, the story does leave you wondering whether or not this love was consummated. Beautifully written and well researched, this novel is not only a sensitive love story, but also a great addition to what the world knows about the writing of Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece.
So, if you feel like reading a truly special book, you know what to pick up next. If you haven’t read “The Little Prince” yet, Neumeyer’s novel will surely convince you to give it a try.