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The Book of Hours (Coin/Hours Cycle 2) by [Alonso-Sierra, Maria Elena]
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A sequel to "The Coin", Alonso-Sierra's novel, "The Book of Hours" picks up with Gabriella's story four years later, but in much the same situation - danger. As a gifted artist, Gabriella created a copy of a manuscript for a charitable event. Unfortunately, her rendition of the famed book drew the attention of a psychotic antique collector, set on possessing her creation no matter what. Once her life was threatened, others set in motion a reunion with her only true protector, Richard Harrison. Thrown together again by a common enemy, the pair struggle to find common ground and quickly realize that their long-ago feelings still burn hot. However, with danger looming and familial complications in their way, will Richard and Gabriella finally clasp their happy ending or say goodbye once and for all?

Longing and regret, as well as suspense, were themes that ran throughout the entire novel, compelling the choices of the characters as well as the story's pacing. Though that pacing at times felt drawn out, the emotional connection between Richard and Gabriella compelled the reader to keep turning the pages. The author skillfully crafted very real and human characters that one could not help but rooting for while bonding with the couple. The energy level of the novel was high when faced with life-threatening events ranging from a runaway car to kidnapping. The suspense riveted the reader to the tale compensating for any perceived shortcomings. All and all, this was a worthwhile read - enjoyable and exciting!

--InD'Tale Magazine
indtale.com/reviews/suspense-thriller/book-hours

About the Author

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger. Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher (and not necessarily in that order—she likes variety) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels. Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her third novel, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3715 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R0IAOME
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sandra M. Bruney on February 27, 2015
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I couldn't wait for this sequel to The Coin and The Book of Hours was definitely worth the wait. The author knows how to keep the action going at a fever pitch, but she also keeps the tension between Richard and Gabriela as strong or stronger than it was in "The Coin." These two are both strong-willed people who also have strong principals. Their love story is one of the best I have read in a long while. Cheers to the author and I hope I don't have to wait long for another story about these two as they finally are able to be together -- because I don't think the fireworks end with this book.
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The book preview accurately describes the book so I won't repeat it. As the story is full of twists and surprises, I do not want to give any more of the story away than is stated.
This is the first book I have read by the author and enjoyed her writing. Her prose is vivid and you don't have to guess what she is describing. Ms. Alonso-Sierra has a gift with words and it makes the book a pleasure to read. There is never any doubt as to the setting. The story takes place in different continents and you move with the characters never doubting where you are.
The plot starts out a little slower than I would have liked, but picks up and moves at a steady pace, making you want the story to continue.
My only suggestion to the author would be to fix a few point of view issues. There were several times I had to stop reading and go back to see whose POV the story was in, thus pulling me out of the story. Though this did not stop me from reading the book.
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I have been waiting to read this Book since I finished The Coin and I have to say that the wait was worthwhile! Once again Mrs. Sierra keeps you in nail biting suspense while at the same time engaging you with the intense, passionate relationship of Richard and Gabriela. There are chapters in which I felt like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds, and others where it was like watching a beautiful love story! I just could not put it down, I even arrived very late at a dinner invitation because I couldn't stop reading! Highly recommend it!
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The Book of Hours was a literary thrill ride! The characters were passionate and so well-written that you felt like you knew them personally. The story was fast-paced, full of action and interwoven with a great mystery, along with a horrifying bad guy. Who could ask for anything more?! Highly recommend!
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The Book of Hours by Maria Elena Alonso- Sierra can definitely be described as a work of art. The imagery and visualization were done with astounding perfection. The author has a skillful technique of luring her readers into a web of blissful hunger. The words written comes to life and are choreographed immaculately. The Book of Hours is a story about a woman who puts her family first above all, even if it means endangering her life and forfeiting her happiness. Will history repeat itself ? Is Danger lurking at Gabriela's doorstep or will someone from her past pay her an unexpected visit? If you want to find out one click now. Secrets will be revealed and the revelation will be mind-blowing . This magnificent book will take your on a journey of love, friendship, family, betrayal, forgiveness, danger and most importantly second chances. I implore you, if you reading my review get this series it is amazing. This suspenseful romantic thriller will leave you in an inescapable desire. Do not hesitate to one click five stars guaranteed.
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Gabriela Martinez and Richard Harrison first meet in Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s “The Coin.” I urge the
reader to go there before beginning this page turner. The love relationship between Gabriela
and Richard starts in the first book 4 years before the “Book of Hours.” The reader doesn’t have
to know the details of the first book to understand the 2nd, but it helps.
The original Book of Hours is a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It is an
illuminated manuscript, meaning that is filled with intricate and ornate lettering and figures. In
that respect, this Book of Hours is similar. Gabriela Martinez has made a copy of the original, for
which collectors are more than willing to pay huge sums at auction. One collector is willing to kill
for it. Therein is the reason that Gabriella and Richard are re-united.
This novel is a cocktail thriller mixed with love and madness. There are moments when you may
feel you’ve drunk too much with all the novel’s twists and turns but it’s a pleasant hangover.
More importantly, you will be wishing to read more of Gabriela and Richard at story’s end.

3 ½ Stars
William Snyder
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Wow! This book never lets up. It takes the reader on a wild and rocky ride on both sides of the big pond with characters who are well drawn and compelling.
Gabriela is a famous artist who has recreated a beautiful Medieval manuscript. It is about to go to auction in London with the proceeds to fund a children's charity. She is approached by a despicable man who refuses to take no for an answer.
As his attempts to persuade her become more and more dangerous, her former lover, and the father of her child, Richard, is asked to intervene. Much has changed in the years they have been apart but not their love for each other. This love gets tested time and again by manipulative people for whom "no" is not an acceptable answer.
The love story of Richard and Gabriela is fraught with danger but the reader cannot help but be carried along through every twist and turn and exciting challenge.
There is a previous book with the same characters. The Book of Hours is so good, I am going to search out the prequel and read it too.
I give it a high recommendation.
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