On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
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My Musings :
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I first checked out this book, the book cover totally blew off my interest but the blurb was strong enough to intrigue me to read it.
And I am thankful that I did read it inspite of a few down points. I loved the overall story of Carolina's journey to get to her roots. Carolina undergoes an emotional journey. The emotions, feelings and the mystical aspects of gypsies made for an interesting read. The tale touched my heart easily and made me invested in reading till the end.
The characters were fascinating, everyone having their own agenda. Carolina is a very strong character while the love interest wasn't that good. The side characters had me confused at times. I didn't know to like the 3 girls or to hate them. They had me alternate in my opinion and had me emotionally entangled when reading about them.
The ways of the gypsies and their lore gives a unique feel to the tale. At times I did feel that the gypsies jargon was used too much. It could have been reduced a bit. Inspite of it all, I enjoyed the read. The tale had a couple of subplots which had eager to know what was happening next.
The book was an enchanting story inspite of the shortfalls as explained above. I know that I would love to read the other books by the author.
My rating : 4/5
Meet the Author :
Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.
Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.
Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
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