Sunday, February 1, 2009

Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo

Description from
Penniless, her parents and brother dead, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved childhood home during the Civil War. Another bluecoat is staggering down the hill, but before Sophia allows him to rob and pilfer like the others, she shoots him. How is she to know it is Gavin, the dark knight of her youth, carrying secrets too horrific to imagine and a passion that ignites her deepest desires?As Sophia gradually learns Gavin’s secrets—and enjoys his talents in the bedroom—she discovers how to finally know her own heart. Can she save the Land of Falling Stars, or will she lose it all to the horrors of the War and Reconstruction? And will the Southern lady and the Yankee soldier be able to recapture the bliss of their youth – this time in each other’s arms?
My Review: I read an excerpt of this book online before purchasing it. I have to admit that I was totally caught within the first chapter and for two days could think of nothing but this story. I broke down and purchased my first ebook in order to read Land of Falling Stars.
Like I said I was hooked from the word go. I could not wait to find out how and when Gavin was going to tell Sophia his dark secrets. Would she forgive him and still love him? I was totally engrossed.
These two were childhood friends harboring a strong love for each other. Sophia was promised to another, their other childhood friend Jesse. Gavin committed himself to loving Sophia from afar and Sophia was not ready to delve into her feelings for Gavin believing that she needed to find and nurture her love for Jesse. Tragedy strikes during the Civil War. The two best friends (Gavin and Jesse) are fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War and Sophia loses her entire family to a fire.
Gavin travels to Arbor Rose after being released from military duty to find Sophia and share his secrets. These two were both riddled with inner turmoil. It seems that Gavin was a slave to his love for Sophia and Sophia was too bull headed to admit that she loved him. Sophia had no problem using Gavin for her needs however never giving him what he wanted in return. It was sweet, heartbreaking, and angering to watch Gavin do so much for Sophia... constantly doing what was right for her but struggling with his love for her and his guilt over his secrets. Sophia really started getting on my nerves after a while, which is why I cannot give this book a 5 star rating. Her stubbornness to admit what everyone else could see and her treatment of Gavin had me wanting to reach into my computer and strangle her. I don't know maybe it is me reading late into the night and taking my lack of sleep out on this heroine, but I couldn't get over how Sophia just refused to admit her Love for Gavin.
Over all I really enjoyed the story, I really loved Gavin and as I have already stated could have strangled Sophia. I am giving Land of Falling Stars 4 stars. I highly recommend reading Land of Falling Stars!
side note: What a beautiful cover page!!!


Cindy W said...

Great Review! I'll be reading for the Spring Challenge!

Heather said...

Thanks! I think you will enjoy it. I went back and forth on how I was going to rate it and what my review would be. I really think this was the first time that I really wanted to strangle the heroine! lol

Keta Diablo said...

Heather . . you are so hilarious! This is a good reaction, believe it or not. Writers strive to draw out emotion from their readers, be it good or bad. We want you to hate and love our characters, live through them, suffer their angst, revel in their joys, and yes, strangle them at times. This is my intent when I write, and I see I succeeded. Sophia and Gavin each suffer from their own tortuous debacles in life. Sophia did have a difficult time admitting it was Gavin she had always loved. But we must remember the era. In those days, women had very little say over who they could love, much less marry. She had been promised to Jesse since the day she was born and it was instilled in her for many years. Only in her heart (which she refused to listen to) did she love Gavin, not Jesse.

Hooray! You did a wonderful job on the review. And I'm so happy I pulled from you all those frustrated emotions. Thank goodness, Sophia finally got her head screwed on straight and Keta believes in happily-ever-afters . . . always.

Thank you. If it wasn't for my readers, I would have no reason to write.

Namaste, Keta

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