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Rona Simmons is the author of The Quiet Room and Postcards from Wonderland. Both novels were set outside the south, yet she considers herself a southern writer. Both were historical fiction, yet she thinks of them as stories that just by happenstance took place in the past. For The Martyr’s Brother, she ripped a topic from today’s headlines and set it in present day, Atlanta, Georgia, her adopted home in the South. When not planning to write, writing, or talking about writing, Rona “slow blogs” about women in the creative arts and her other passion--travel as well as this and that on The Huffington Post Blog. Her short stories, articles, and interviews have been published in literary journals and online magazines, including Deep South Magazine, Points North, and The Persimmon Tree.
on July 21, 2013 :
I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
This was an interesting book. I wouldn't classify it as a romance as there really wasn't any. It was more or less about a woman who works her butt off as an intern at an architectural firm in Atlanta to help pay the upkeep on her beloved family home in a small town hours away from the city hoping to be hired on in a full-time position. She finds out that there's a man who's buying up property all around her, but she refuses to sell.
Meryl is a bright young woman with what looks to be a solid future. She's not overly worried about marriage or children; she's very career-oriented. As the book goes along she learns a lot about herself and the world around her.
Lisa and Kim were great secondary characters that made me giggle. Riccardo, I'm still not sure if I liked him or not. In fact, you really don't get to know much about him as he's very secretive.
Other than some editing and grammar mistakes, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)