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While there are strong elements of romance in this novel, it is not a light read. Amanda experiences anguish in nearly every way imaginable, and the author expertly works her research into Romani culture, as well as the Hungarian city of Pecs, into the work. The complexity of the problems experienced by the protagonist are brought to a satisfying, though multifaceted conclusion. My only complaint about the book is that the author, intent on making sure that readers know about the intense passion of the young couple for one another, repeatedly describes their displays of affection, which were mostly of a public nature. The book describes no actual sexual encounters, as such would fall outside Romani mores.
That aside, the book is a well researched page turner and highly recommended.
The pace of the book moved reasonably well and the characters were realistic.
The most interesting areas of the book for me revolved around the Romani culture and the conflicts that resulted for Amanda. The information she found about her grandfather was a secondary plot that added intrigue.
I felt a real connection to Amanda in her wanting to find out more about her grandfather's life before he came to America. It has always upset me that I didn't have a chance to talk with my grandfather about his life growing up in Eastern Europe because he died when I was still a child.
I found the parts of the book about the Romani traditions and customs fascinating. I'll admit that I knew next to nothing about them prior to reading this book other than the term "gypsy" is considered a slur.
At times some of the characters could be frustrating to read. Amanda sometimes came across as selfish and everyone seemed to behave irrationally at one time or another. That doesn't mean that they were poorly written and developed characters. It just means that at times I wanted to slap some sense into them.
I received a free copy of this book and that is my honest review.
By Lanette Kauten
Reviewed by Jaime Kurp
I was a little disappointed in this story. I felt that it was little to drawn out and took to long to tell the story. But at the same time I really, really liked the story line. I loved that Amanda got to learn about her Grandpapa even if it wasn’t what she was wanting to hear. And so liked that her family and Luca’s family were intertwined well before they even met. I did feel like the ending kind of slopped, but it was still a happy-ever-after ending. I would still recommend reading the story, it gives you a little bit of history to go along with the romance.
Amanda is in Hungary to find out about her beloved Grandpa past. Unknown to her, her past is riddled with mystery, romance and even murder. Finding all the ins and outs of her past are tough enough without her family breathing down her neck. Telling her she belongs in America. And is American not Hungarian or a Romi. But with a man named Luca at her side. She is willing to convert to his Romi traditions, but he also needs to understand her wants and needs. Which he does. But with people on both sides opposing them. Will they ever find love together? Will she ever find out what happened with her grandfather in Hungary....
I found this book to be rich in Hungarian history (being half Hungarian myself-my father) which I enjoyed. The characters come alive and you feel like you’re there with them. It is a well written story and worth the time to be read.