Finally, I was intrigued by your last line, but was the Black Rebel finally safe? I was left wondering if there would be a sequel. Great closing line, though. Please accept my sincere and hearty Congratulations on a work very well done. --Dr. Marian<br ><br >A Highly Recommended story! Well worth the read!! Living in war is never easy and, for most, it's almost impossible. The Yugoslavian tells a love story of two people who come together during the end of the bitter battle for Sarajevo, without belaboring the details of the war itself. The two main characters,Ivan and Tess, are raised on opposite sides of the world, but are courageous, adventurous, and uniquely alike in many ways that falling in love is inevitable. And though the orphan, Mara, is a rarely seen in the current timeline, she is the catalyst that brings these two people together. The story is honest and truthful as seen through the author's eyes. If you enjoy romance, intrigue, espionage, chivalry, and people who act out of honor, not impulse, you will deeply enjoy The Yugoslavian. Anonymous from B&N.
FIVE STARS - The Yugoslavian, In Search of Mara Jovanovic by The Black Rose takes place during the siege of Sarajevo and brings the reader into a world of adventure and intrigue. Two people from different worlds come together: Ivan, a fighter known as the Black Rebel, and Tess, who sets out for the war zone, all in the name of a missing orphan. Ivan gets news that there will be a female spy trying to ID who the Black Rebel is and, when he comes across Tess in Belgrade, he is unsure of who she is and what she truly wants. However, he volunteers to take her to Sarajevo and this places her firmly in his hands for the rest of the adventure.
This is the second book by The Black Rose that I have read and I am really enjoying this author's style. This is a gripping story with a lot of adventure and meat to it. Ivan has to be my favourite character although I really enjoy Tess as well; there is something about a true rebel that keeps me interested. He is a man who is doing the right thing with bad situations and I can totally understand and appreciate that. If you want a book that has mystery and adventure, this is a great read. Once I picked it up I had trouble setting it down; it flows well and is a solid and enjoyable book. I would recommend this one to any of my reading friends.
--Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite. --Readers' Favorite
FIVE STARS - The Yugoslavian: In Search of Mara Jovanovic by The Black Rose is a beautiful yet deadly novel of war, love and hope. It depicts the cold hard reality of a bloody war that the people of Yugoslavia faced, and it brings to light the thousands of innocent casualties, many being orphaned children. When a young girl named Mara enters a writing competition, her words touch the founder of the organisation so deeply that it changes her life forever. Against the wishes of her closest friends, Tess travels into the heart of the war in search of the little girl who has won her heart. Ivan fights for his beliefs and people and he is the renowned Black Rebel. He does not take a side in this war, but he gives hope to the suffering people and children. When he meets Tess, his life changes forever and although he has no choice but to hide the truth from Tess, he has indeed found his soul mate.
The Author delivers a wonderful yet powerful novel in The Yugoslavian. This story is unique and it brought to light the struggle that people of this country faced. I have often seen images of such a war on my TV screen. I felt sadness at the time but then was able to go on with my life, forgetting much of what had been reported. This story captured my heart completely and made me realize the impact of such a man-made atrocity. How many cries of forgotten people and orphaned children go unheard? I felt this novel in some way gave them a voice to be heard. I was deeply touched and I loved the Black Rebel and all that he stood for. The author is very talented in how she portrayed his story; the characters were well thought out and developed. I cannot wait until the next book in this series is released. I would strongly recommend this to all. It has changed my perception on a lot of issues and I am sure it would do the same for many others. A book not to be missed. --Lisa Jones - Reader's Favorite
There are a lot of words you can use to describe a book you truly enjoyed. Wonderful, fun, unable to put down - and I think, singular to this book, a romp through war time Sarajevo. What is a true testament to a good book is not just saying nice words about it, but missing one's train stop while reading it. Three times.
Tess is a fascinating and complex character. I really liked that she was a writer. The Black Rebel is romantic and mysterious and a total bad ass. He's like the Robin Hood of Yugoslavia.
I was really impressed with the author's ability to regularly change the stories point of view seamlessly. It wasn't hard to keep up. Overall this was a fantastic read that made me miss my stop and gave me a total disregard for the following morning. I would definitely recommend it to others. --By sscarllet - amazon.co.uk
About the Author
After God, and my dog, writing is my therapy, my addiction, my guide, and my gift. So truly, it is not about me, it is about The Word.