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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse, but this part of my personality is impossible to practice, given I have two teenage daughters who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes.... I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It's a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other’s loves—it works wonderfully.
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots remain. My heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand). The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands, I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
on Sep. 13, 2012 :
Wow! What a sequel - and the cliffhanger ending kinda makes me want to scream be ause I know I'll have to wait half a year or longer to find out how the story resolves itself.
The first book in this series is good, but it is crystal clear that Ms. Ayer's skill has increased with the publication of this second book in the series. The writing is better, the characters have more depth, and the plot twists and turns at unexpected times, taking the reader along for a great ride.
The main character in this story, Bryn, is so likable that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone not sympathizing with, and rooting for, her to succeed. She has a little of everything - innocence, humility, arrogance, passion, desire, boldness, apathy, willpower, and above all, heart.
This second installment was I possible to put down, and good enough that I made it through the book in a little under an hour. Which is disappointing only because I wanted it to last longer - but couldn't refrain from going from cover to cover in a single sitting.
Stronger than the first installment, this book makes one wonder what joys & agonies are in store for us with book three? And wonder how to hold out for the next book to be released? Ahhh, the blissful agony of suspense. . .
(reviewed within a month of purchase)