I was half expecting a typical YA romance, but the fact that this was a trilogy in the making had me intrigued. Whereas this type of material is usually hard pushed to fill one novel substantially, Amy McGuire has created a classic romance that just grows on you from the very first chapter.
As far as romance stories go, in my opinion The Hearts Discovery has more depth than the classic Romeo and Juliet. They only had each other to worry about and it all seems a little flat compared to Amy McGuire's romance with all its complex relationships.
There are more characters involved, more drama, more difficult choices to be made and agonised over. In short, it leaves you eager to read the sequel Worlds Apart.
Worlds Apart is the second book in the Hope Valley Trilogy, where the romance between Anjaline and Gabriel struggles to continue, despite their being so far apart.
The clear distinction between their locations is well written. The reader shares the experience of being in two very different worlds, exploring all the facets of this long distance relationship.
But complications inevitably arise when they each meet many new interesting and attractive people, subjecting them to temptation and despair. They are young and inexperienced, quite unprepared for the complicated jealousies that tend to grow out of uncertainty.
They discover that writing letters in substitute for what they had shared, and that time has a way of dimming reality, making them doubt what they had and if in fact it was real. Will they continue to drift apart as the years pass, or is their romance doomed to die? Will they ever meet again?
You desperately want them to, for despite all the twists and turns that life has thrown at them, you have the feeling they are meant to be together.
The title of the last part of the trilogy Dreams Come True might lead you to believe that they do, but maybe not.
For this trilogy is not just about Anjaline and Gabriel. There are a wealth of complicated relationships in these books and each and every one of them deserves a happy ending. But because of the complex romantic tangle that Amy McGuire has so cleverly devised you know this will not be the case for everyone...
Dreams Come True by Amy Mcguire
The second book of this trilogy ended with Gabriel and Angeline living apart as her job as a journalist had taken her away. The romance between them had started to fade, leaving them both wondering if what they had shared was ever real.
Reading Amy Mcguire's complex romantic tale; you desperately want a miracle to happen, that they will find each other again.
The title Dreams Come True would lead you to believe that they will and the final part of this trilogy begins with both of them carrying on like strangers in their separate corners of the world. You find yourself believing that it must be hopeless, all the romance has gone. Then Angeline's job sends her back to Hope Valley to interview the local artist, someone called C R Tanbrook, and you begin to see a glimmer of what could be again. She even fantasises about rekindling their love, if it hasn't completely dwindled to nothing.
The fact that this artist turns out to be a beautiful woman and Gabriel's girlfriend, tends to put a damper on Angeline's enthusiasm despite her determination to get Gabriel back.
The visit doesn't go anything like she planned. One by one everything goes wrong and many times it seems as though all is lost.
The twists and turns of their romance made me a little giddy at times, and I was glad in a way that I am too old to even consider such an adventure, but if I were younger...
It was an exciting read and I enjoyed all three parts of this well written trilogy.
Originally written for NaNoWriMo, which is enough in itself to warrant a medal. (I know, because I have tried it) Reclaiming Souls is the unusual story of Devalynn, a girl whose life was brutally ended. She finds herself in the afterlife, with a job as a Soul Collector.
She quite likes the responsibility of her new job and meets some interesting people. Along the way, she meets someone she thinks she once loved on Earth, stirring up all kinds of forgotten and confusing sensations. Added to which are the feelings she has discovered for another Soul Collector.
This is a story with a strong moral message of good versus evil, and also a complex love triangle in a place where physical love is unecessary.
Devalynn finds herself choosing between a good friend and the one she might have loved on Earth. A hard decision, considering she doesn't remember the half of it. You follow Devalynn as she fights her way through the afterlife as she tries to save the lost souls and the people she loves, and find yourself cheering her on.
Reclaiming Souls is written with a lot of humour and engaging dialogue. The fact that it is destined to be a trilogy means we will enjoy following Devalynn on her journey for a better, happier life. I, for one, will pre-order the next installment as soon as possible.