Choosing Love Over Pride

by Marielle de Vassoigne

GENRE:   Fiction

"Max, do you remember the proposal-gate?"

"How could I ever forget, sweetie? You made sure no one would. Why do you ask?"

"Was it worth it? I mean, I recall being a fierce advocate for the 'I do.' But when I think of how much Dad and you have suffered because of love I wonder. Was it worth it?"

Maxime's stepdaughter refers to her father's legendary attempt to propose in New Beginning in Vancouver, the prequel to this book. This new stage of Maxime's life navigates us through a rollercoaster of emotions while she must face new joys and challenges.

I hope you will enjoy, laugh and cry reading their story as much as I did when I wrote it. I offer you an opportunity to complete the experience of reading this novel appealing to all senses with a soundtrack, available on my author website:

Finally, as I identify as a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ ally, this book reflects once again my core belief: a rich life is filled with kindness, curiosity, and exploration, as well as values of diversity and inclusion.



However, the sight of Lilian makes me tighten my grip on Gabriel’s hand. Our last encounter was her summoning me to try to find a way to put an end to our relationship because she couldn’t let my marriage to Gabriel happen. We grew up in different worlds and she didn’t feel I was right for her grandson.

Gabriel immediately senses my sudden edginess and gazes at me with his hazel and honey-coloured loving eyes. “Max, love. Are you all right?”

“Yes. Lilian seems glad to see us. It’ll be fine,” I say as I try to convince myself of that fact, surrounded by my husband and stepson.

As we get closer, in a rare public display of affection, Gramps brings his wife closer with a hand on her shoulder and kisses her temple. “They’re all ours Lil’.

They’re all ours.”

“Yes, Charles. And our boys are happier than I’ve ever seen them.”

About the Author:

After spending half her life in Montréal, Marielle de Vassoigne moved to Vancouver during the pandemic in January of 2021.

Just like her main character Maxime, she was born in France and grew up in Martinique, a French Caribbean Island, before moving in Canada.

An organic writer, she's publishing her first novel, which is an outcome from her many experiences. The story has been influenced by her core belief—that a rich life is filled with kindness, curiosity, and exploration—as well as values of diversity and inclusion.


Q&A With the Author: 

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The prequel was my first book as an organic writer, hence writing “Choosing Love Over Pride” I particularly enjoyed my self-learning experience as an author and the depth of my connection with the characters. Those two aspects noticeably helped improve the flow and transitions in my writing. The strong connection also helped me dive into their world and let them take over, to the point that I was living their emotions deeper than when I wrote the prequel “New Beginning in Vancouver”.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

I have been stuck on this series' third and last book for a little while now. It is tough to know that the end of the journey with the Smith-Eunoia is near. To keep the connection, I am working on the translation into French of “Choosing Love Over Pride” and its prequel “New Beginning in Vancouver”.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

As I don’t believe I will be able to part from Maxime and hers after I end the third book, I am considering writing individual stories about some of the characters in “Choosing Love Over Pride”. Meanwhile, I have planned to publish the complete trilogy in English and French. I also dream of having a streaming series about Maxime and the Smith-Eunoias. 

How long have you been writing?

I started to write in the fall of 2020, as I decided to take the leap of faith Maxime took for herself, moving from Montreal to Vancouver. 

It started as bullet points in a journal and evolved into creating a new narrative of what life could be after two years in Vancouver. I then thought of an alter-ego, Maxime, and she took control, creating her own life and even a new world.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you! Please share your experience, and don’t hesitate to complete it with the playlists I have created with the musical references scattered in the two novels. You may access them from my website















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  1. I like the cover art! It's very intriguing.

    1. Marielle de VassoigneJuly 13, 2023 at 8:59 PM

      Thank you! I desgined it myself. It's totally related to the story.

  2. Replies
    1. Marielle de VassoigneJuly 13, 2023 at 9:00 PM

      Thank you. May you enjoy it and its soundtrack available on my website

  3. I sm looking forward to this rollercoaster of emotions read

    1. Marielle de VassoigneJuly 13, 2023 at 9:01 PM

      I can't wait to hear your feedback. And please complete your experience with the soundtrack available on my website:

  4. The cover tells me to beware.

    1. Marielle de VassoigneJuly 13, 2023 at 9:01 PM

      You got it right. Beware surprises and pride.

  5. Looking quite good, nice to see a book written by a Vancouver local!!

    1. Marielle de VassoigneJuly 13, 2023 at 9:02 PM

      Thank you, Calvin. Vancouver is my city of adoption for 2 years and a half now. And I love it.

  6. The book sounds very interesting.


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