Reviewer: Janis Cox
I like to read before bed. It helps me relax before going to sleep. However, this book made it hard to turn out the light. Captivating characters, an interesting background and a plot that keeps moving – what more could I ask. I had read the first book in the series and at first it took me a while to realize this was a prequel to the first book. Once I figured that out I found it wonderful to get to know the history of the Montebellis and how Anna became the matriarch of the family.
My emotions certainly were played with as I grappled with frustration at some of the characters in the story. But even when I felt anger or irked by them they were certainly portrayed as real. And Anna remained true to her faith through all the upheaval that happened in her life.
I would say that the plot proceeded like Tolkien’s bringing us to an eucatastrophe (which refers to the sudden turn of events at the end of a story which ensures that the protagonist does not meet some terrible, impending, and very plausible doom). My heart raced as I read to see how on earth Anna was going to get out of this situation.
I would highly recommend this book and it could be read as first in the series too. I liked it so much I think I will go back and reread it, as my nighttime reading is not the best time for getting all the details.