Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

I just finished reading this wonderful story set during the 1940s.  As the story progresses we get to live the fear, anxiety and resolve of the people that were caught in this terrible war.  The innocents that had to fight day in and day out to survive.

In this particular story, we follow Emmy through her journey of losing her sister during the war and her long search for her.  The whole story is filled with a vivid loss that you can’t help but be pulled in.  And then there’s also hope.  The hope of finding her and of allowing herself to experience love, one of the things necessary to survive the evil times surrounding them.

At times you will hate and not understand the sisters, Emmy and Julia, and at other times you will love them.  The dialogue spread throughout is engrossing and you feel like you are sitting in the room with them.

If you are a lover of historical fiction and of a real, down to earth story, this one is for you.

Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

I just finished reading this emotionally charged book.  I must admit, I was somewhat lost in the beginning with the introduction of characters because it seemed it was all thrown together in one paragraph and then I had to separate them as the story moved along.  However, the main characters drew me in with their love story. The story was divided in three parts.  And when I read the last sentence of the second part my jaw just dropped and I felt a huge wave of disappointment.  I was actually at work and when I went back to my station my co-workers were asking me what was wrong.  I was that troubled about the turn of events in the story. As the day progressed, I debated on whether I wanted to continue reading the book or pick up a new one.  I am so glad that I decided to finish it.  The story turned around and it had somewhat of the ending I was expecting.  The disappointment for me there was that the ending was kind of rushed and their reunion “bland”. With that being said, I truly enjoyed this story, since I am a sucker for an intensely felt romance. Now, time to pick another book and I hope that it reels me in just like this one did.

The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans

I just finished reading this marvelous work of art.  My reaction?  Sigh, wipe a few happy tears and cheers for the culmination of the story.

It is very seldom that I am so immersed in a story that I feel like it’s real.  That is the case with the story of Ross and Eliana.  Every word, every chapter showed me who they were and I got to know them.

At first I wasn’t sure where the story was going to take me but once it got going, I could not put it down.  The depth of emotions was addictive.  The purity of their love was refreshing.  Every scene they’re in is charged with a deep rooted love.  You can feel it pulling you with them.  The relationship is based on love not lust.  They don’t fall into bed at the first chance they get or every chapter there after.  Their bond grows from getting to know each other, from trust.

I will not give any spoilers, if you have not had the chance to read this story.  But if you do choose to do so, you will not be disappointed.

Eliana is living in Italy with her son Alessio and the sometimes present Maurizio, her husband.  She is not living the fairytale everyone, including her, expected.  She knows that her husband is unfaithful but she doesn’t see a way out.  She has no hope. Intro, Ross.  The tenant that hails from America with an unknown past, but with the heart to help her find her way.  The choices she has to make are not easy but they are necessary to find her true self.  The happiness that can only be hers.

Set in countryside Italy, you can enjoy the food and wine while you witness love unfold before you.  With love in the air, it is the perfect book.

Now I shall have to find more books by this author.  I am sold on his prose.