My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I received a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This story takes us on the journey of a survivor: Alexis Evangeline Robertson had a very dark and troubled past. Quite gruesome at times. This first book in the series is all about Alexis and how she's going on this culinary course in Italy with her best friend. It's funny because she ends up not only treating one of her patients, but also having the opportunity of running into him in Italy. He's the delectable Lucca Caruso. He's got his own issues that he needs to take care of.
This first book gives us a bit of background information to give the reader a sort of understanding about the main character's attitudes and personalities. The end leaves us with a super ominous third party look at what's to come with the next book(s).
Overall, it was a good first attempt at a novel let alone a Series. I did have a few qualms about this book. At times, I found Alexis's reactions to events around her to be a bit too dramatic. Not only that but I also found the book to drag a bit. I was able to get through it but it took a lot for me to really finish it. There's a good chance that had it not been an ARC book that I would have made this a DNF book. So with those comments I'm giving this 3.5 STARS out of 5 STARS. This book is going to be very suspenseful with the next books to come.e
Read by Taryn Lee on December 28, 2013
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About the Author
SJ Molloy, first time British Author of ‘The Luminara Series’ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young child, her family moved and raised her in Lanarkshire, Scotland where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters and her energetic, hyperactive loving gun dog who is utterly spoiled.
SJ is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Health & Fitness Motivator of various fitness styles and disciplines. Music and dance aerobics have always been a pleasure and passion for her. SJ will sporadically make up dance style routines at any hour of the day when a move comes to her or piece of music moves or inspires her. Currently not teaching classes she is focusing her time into nurturing her yearning passion for creative writing, exchanging one visualisation for another.
As a child, SJ loved to write in journals and make up short stories and has a flare for all things creative. With an overactive imagination at times, SJ adores to make notes, visualise scenes and settings to create characterisations.
While on holiday with her family one summer reading book after book, she had a flash of inspiration and has had various ideas whirling around in her mind ever since. It was not until she pulled back on teaching classes that she found the courage, time and insight into actually bringing these ideas to life.
In February 2013 she decided to bring that imagination to light by beginning her writing journey with ‘Lussuria’ the first instalment in ‘The Luminara Series’ available from late October 2013.
Being a self-confessed book junkie, she loves nothing better than to get lost in an emotional and moving book. A true romantic at heart, her guilty pleasure is reading heart-warming, passionate stories and falling in love with her favourite fictional characters.
With five books already mapped out in ‘The Luminara Series’, SJ’s busy creative mind has already planned two more fictitious novels, both stand-alone romance books and very different in their own right.
When she is not writing or reading, spending time with family and friends or exercising and walking her dog, SJ loves all things practical and creative. Dancing, music, cooking, travelling, good food and wine and painting are her favourite past times along with laughter, lots and lots of laughter.
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