Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Take Me To Your Heart Again by Marius Gabriel @Scribbler4Bread #Review

Tensions between three sisters, divided by life and love, are about to spill over into all-out conflict.
It is 1942 and the world is at war. The eldest of the Redcliffe sisters, Isobel, impulsive and ideological, strives to make herself heard in a world distracted by violence. But her ambitious new path is strewn with obstacles, not least a private scandal that threatens to become public. Optimist Chiara has had to grow up fast, to set aside teenage dreams and make way for the unexpected realities of adulthood—but who can she count on for help? Meanwhile Felicity has challenges of a more spiritual nature: will her journey of self-discovery lead her away from the convent she thought was her calling?
Separated by distance and war, Isobel, Chiara and Felicity must learn to confront life’s challenges with passion, strength—and unity. Because family is the tie that binds tightest of all.

Take Me To Your Heart Again by Marius Gabriel was published by Lake Union in July 2016 and is the second in the Redcliffe Sisters series. I read and reviewed the first, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye here on Random Things in October last year.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and had been looking forward to catching up with the three Redcliffe sisters again. I have to comment on the covers of the novels in this series, they really are such great quality, very attractive and eye-catching.

There is absolutely no doubt that this author really can tell a great story, despite the fact that this is the second in a series, it would read very well as a standalone novel as the author expertly weaves the character's back stories into his plot. He does this with a subtle touch and it never feels as though the first story is being re-hashed; it's seamlessly done.

The three sisters; Isobel, Chiara and Felicity are wonderfully created, with their own flaws and personalities that make each of them unique. The plot is played out against the backdrop of World War Two in both London and Cairo, and once again this author describes his locations incredibly well. It is clear that he writes with in depth knowledge of both places and the reader feels instantly at home in each setting.

With a sprinkling of scandal, romance, intrigue and politics, Take Me To Your Heart Again is a novel that I read in just one day (albeit I was sitting in the Corfu sunshine at the time!). Marius Gabriel is a true storyteller, this is a compelling story with heart and soul, populated with a fine cast of characters.
Very enjoyable and recommended by me.

My thanks to the author who sent my copy for review.

Marius Gabriel served his author apprenticeship while a student in the north of England. To finance his postgraduate research, he wrote 33 steamy romances under a female pseudonym. His identity as a man had to be kept secret until he turned to longer fiction under his own name. 

He is the author of 8 historical novels, including the best-sellers "The Mask Of Time," "The Original Sin" and "The Seventh Moon." Cosmopolitan accused him of "keeping you reading while your dinner burns." He very seldom burns his own, being an enthusiastic cook. He has three grown-up children.

His latest novel, "Take Me To Your Heart Again," (July 12, 2016) follows the fortunes of the tumultuous Redcliffe sisters through World War II. The other Redcliffe Sisters novel, "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye," is available on Amazon. Both can be read as stand-alone novels, but if you've read one, you'll want to read the other!

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