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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Gwendolyn Womack
Released: June 6th 2017
Published by Picador
“I was hooked.”
~ Under the Covers
Semele Cavnow has been sent, as an antiquities expert, to go through the estate of a collector. Although excited about the treasures she may unearth in his world renowned collection, what she never expected to find was a diary over 3000 years old…yet, which seems to be reaching through time and speaking directly to her. The book throws Semele into intrigue revealing the mysteries of the past and mixing them with present day machinations.
I loved this book! I requested it on a whim having never read this author before but liking the sounds of the blurb. Womack does a fantastic job of throwing you back into the past through different individuals who takes us all over the world at different points in time and weave us a story that carries straight through to present day. We take this journey with Semele as she slowly translate the documents and comes to the realisation that this book was written directly to her. Which, should be impossible as it’s over 3000 years old. I was hooked.
This book was a little slow to start with, but the more I read, the more intrigued I was, I wanted to know how everything was connected. Who was writing to Semele? Why were they writing to her? I was especially enthralled with the parts of the book set in the past, the translation from the diary, it showed familiar places at different times and it lent an exotic appeal to the whole book. There was also a dash of romance in The Fortune Teller although, it wasn’t really the main focus. It was all about Semele discovering who she was, and the plot that seems to be emerging around her.
This is my first book from Womack, but it definitely won’t be my last and I recommend you pick this up if you want an interesting mystery with elements of romance and magic. It won’t disappoint.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?