Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Land of the Falling Stars by Keta Diablo - My Review

Blurb from Amazon:

After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved home, Arbor Rose. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him. And soon discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her childhood.

Gavin's dark secret lurks in Sophia’s future. When she discovers the truth, she's torn between a burning hunger for the man she truly loves and loyalty to Jesse, their childhood friend. The despicable acts of war have changed everything Sophia and Gavin once cherished. Yet somewhere deep in their hearts, the mystical Land of Falling Stars still exists.

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Warning:  This book contains erotic content and is not suitable for younger readers. The sexual content, is graphic without being raunchy (imo) and does not overshadow the wonderful story.

MY REVIEW

Keta Diablo never fails to surprise me with her talent for creating characters that come alive – passionate, obstinate and wholly believable.  Then by placing them smack in the middle of one of the most tumultuous eras in American History, she spins her magic.  Keta has created a story that is like a majestic tapestry.  The characters seem to live and breathe within the framework of a grand story rich in historical detail.  Three childhood friends are divided by horrific, gut-wrenching circumstance, forced into difficult situations, driven by honor, but deceived by lies.  Passion is ignited and cannot be denied, but duty and honor must also be served.  Ever capricious and fickle, fate never makes it easy for two star-crossed lovers to find true happiness.

Short, poignant flashbacks of an idyllic childhood are skillfully interspersed. They spectacularly highlight the stark contrast between the shared freedoms and escapades of youthful innocence with the current reality of the immeasurable loss of family, possessions, and wealth.  Gavin returns from the war a haunted specter of the young man he once was.  Jessie longs to return to the woman he loves, the woman promised to him since birth, but his dreams can never be realized because his life is cut short.  Sophia hangs on tenaciously to the remnants of property; all that remains of her once gracious childhood home. Having grown up accustomed to wealth, pampered by her doting parents, Sophia is singularly unprepared for the hardship and tribulations she is forced to endure.  Occasionally, I felt her childish tantrums were overplayed; however, she truly was dealt some significant emotional blows, so perhaps I am being too harsh in my judgment of her. Ultimately, however, she emerges as a self-possessed woman who will risk it all for the one man she truly loves.  This is an emotional rollercoaster that tells a breath-taking and heart-rending story that will capture the heart of romance readers everywhere.

Reviewed by Laurie-J 

Keta was also Interviewed late last year on my blog. Read it HERE

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1 comment:

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