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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Review - Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo

Title: Land of Falling Stars
Author: Keta Diablo
Publisher: Ravenous Romance Original Publication
Buy Link: Land of Falling Stars

Rating: You Need To Read

Reviewed by: Laura Moreno

Sophia Whitfield has lost her parents, most of her home and most of the slaves. The Civil War is the cause of her great loss, in her opinion. The love of her life, Jesse Grantham, walked out of her life to fight for the South. Her great childhood friend, Gavin Langdale, chose to go and fight for the North. She has been promised to Jesse since birth so being his wife is what she has planned her whole life for. She waits week after week for news of Jesse and when he might come home and help her rebuild her broken life.

Gavin Langdale walks a very long way after her leaves the war to bring devastating news to his friend, Sophia. The news will likely knock her into a dark abyss that she may never emerge from. He battles with the decision long after he makes contact with Sophia because he also battles with the emotions that have plagued him his whole life. He wants Sophia to love him the way she loves Jesse. He wants Sophia to be his not Jesse's. Gavin has a secret that could force Sophia to hate him for the rest of her life.

The author pens a story that is unlike any other. The characters are introduced as childhood friends who become adults with very complicated life experiences to deal with. The story takes place right after the Civil War when tensions run high on both sides. Emotions are tenuous at best and even more so when old relationships become new relationships. I was torn during the reunion scenes and breathless during the chase scenes. I loved all the substories and the minor characters that were such an integral part of the author's vision. Land of Falling Stars makes you believe in the possibility of retribution and the hope of finding your brass ring in the last place you look.

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