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- Print Length: 372 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1628304936
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (October 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NP2LZ7C
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An Angel Healed (The Cavelli Angel Saga) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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One of the many aspects that make Annalisa's books click is her personal information she hares before opening the current story: `One of my favorite characters of the Cavelli Angel Saga is Private Anthony Cavelli, a specter who resides in Bellaluna, the Cavelli family ancestral home. For my story, Bellaluna is built on the site of the Fort Dearborn Massacre, where on August 15, 1812, fifty-four soldiers, twelve militia, nine women, and eighteen children were attacked by five hundred Potawatomi warriors after a bitter dispute with the fort's captain, Nathan Heald. After the battle, the fort was burned to the ground and survivors were taken prisoner by the Potawatomi. Two hundred years ago the site of Fort Dearborn was considered "Illinois Territory" but now is modern-day downtown Chicago. In the early 1980s, bones unearthed by a construction company, believed to be those from the massacre, were carbon dated to the time period, and then removed and buried elsewhere. Soon afterwards, people began to report sightings of semi-transparent figures dressed in pioneer clothing and military uniforms wandering in a field north of 16th Street and Indiana. Some of the figures seemed to be running haphazardly or moving in slow motion, mouths open in silent screams. The sightings have continued to this day. In 2009, a new park was created at 18th Street and Calumet Avenue to honor those who died in the Battle of Fort Dearborn. But I wonder, as do the members of the Cavelli family, if the poor souls who lost their lives on that fateful day have ever been able to rest in peace.' When an author speaks to her readers in that way, the interest in what is to follow is established.
Annalisa provides enough information in her synopsis to tie us in with the original book of the series: `Archaeologist Raphael Cavelli wonders why he isn't in some watering hole in Peru drinking a lukewarm cerveza next to a bosomy blonde. Instead, back in Chicago trying to stay one step ahead of the law for stealing the archaeological find of the century, he bumps, literally, into the reason he left seven years ago--the girl he traveled halfway around the globe to forget. Hope Macklin, sob sister/obituary writer for The Spectator, wangles the assignment to cover a high society wedding. If she does well, it means a promotion and a raise -- but the heiress's bothersome brother remembers her from St. Rose's Home for the Friendless, a time she'd rather forget. She's on the lam, so she can't afford to draw attention to herself, even for a carelessly handsome man. Fate throws Rafe and Hope together again just in time to square off with the faceless opponent doggedly threatening them. Will they risk everything for what matters most?'
Romantic mystery fans will absorb the atmosphere and the genuine feeling of place and characters that are so evident in Annalisa's skilled hands. Grady Harp, September 15
My biggest criticism of this book is that the critical events are described through somebody telling what someone else told them. I would much prefer the scene to be shown. Russo seems to avoid action scenes, and for me, this is not good if a key part of the story involves a murder. If a character knows what happened, the author should show it. If nobody else believes her, show that too, as that brings in the tension. In some ways there is also too much there, because while there are a number of threads (and I like that) there are also loose ends. The character Rafe is also not quite believable: men tend not to want to deeply investigate their feelings, and when something critical needs to be uncovered, they are far more likely to blunder in and do something rather than brood. However, on the good side, the story is reasonably complicated and there are some very good descriptions of what life during the period was probably like. With a little more experience, Russo could be an author to watch.
Annalisa has a creative way with words as she weaves a powerful, gripping tale of suspense and romance, captivating her readers’ hearts and minds in an epic saga that can’t be put down. Time-honored characters that bring history alive and in the case of Hope Macklin, a desire to see her determination and survivor instincts survive. Secrets, mysteries and even a ghost can they possibly lead to a happy ending? Take a trip back in time and don’t miss one word of this outstanding novel.