A beautifully told story, with several characters and acts to find despicable, this was an engaging read without great holes from the perspective of a reader not familiar with the first book in the series.
Plots, intrigue, a lost love and the church stepping in to become a character with preferences and prejudices all serve this story well, keeping the reader engaged and wondering just where the next twist will occur.
Florence of the time is beautifully detailed and the search for the Book of the Eternal Rose brings forward correlations to other secret orders in history, if not necessarily fueled by the church as in the Dan Brown stories. I enjoyed Cass although I found her a bit uninformed as to the intentions of those around her, particularly Falco who was horribly gruff and distanced, much to her confusion. While Luca stepped up to provide an interesting diversion, there wasn’t a great deal of romantic musing: more effort was expended in presenting the ominous feel to the scenes and situations that the reader encounters.
Narration in this story is provided by Kathleen McInerney and suits the story well, her ability to present character differences without forcing either tone or pitch to create the distinctions. With a smooth delivery style, her enunciation and pitch changes perfectly highlighted the book, making it a delightful listen.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Author: Fiona Paul
Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Published by: Penguin Audio
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 9 Hours, 48 minutes
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In Renaissance Italy, love, lust, intrigue and secret societies converge to stunning results!
In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.
So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.
Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.