Jo Ellen Hathaway left home years ago to pursue a career as a photographer in New York but stress and a stalker sending her pictures, including one that appears to be her mother, dead. Her mother vanished years ago leaving her grieving father to deal with three children, which he did, badly.
Now she feels that she has to face her past, home means visiting old wounds. Her stalker seems to have followed her but she's finding solace with Nathan Delaney who is licking the wounds of a failed marriage and secrets that he found after his father died.
It's fairly typically Nora Roberts, these days she would have stretched the romances out over more books.
This book...I don't want to say it was filler, because it definitely wasn't, but it very much felt like set-up for the final book in the trilogy. It advanced the overall storyline, but you could definitely see the pieces being put into place for the next book.
It also felt a bit like "Nora Roberts writes a YA book*," since the chosen one who is supposed to lead the charge to defeat evil starts the book as a 13 year old. Kids, who were babies or toddlers in the first book are also now teenagers. These will be the characters that will be the focus of the final book.
Fallon, or The One, begins the book--as I said--just turning 13, and as such leaves her family to be trained by Mallick for two years. And while I enjoyed seeing her train and become stronger, both as a warrior and a witch, I also missed getting to spend more time with Lana and Simon, two characters I adored from the first book. They do get more page time when Fallon returns home after her training, so that pleased me.
I was also thrilled when we were able to revisit New Hope, and check in on the characters there.
While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first one, it was still a fantastic book, and I can't wait to see how it all ends.
*Which is definitely not a bad thing.
The last of my six Christmas books. It was a good year!
This is the second of Nora's post-apocalyptic trilogy and it carries on the story of Year One, beginning thirteen years after those events. We find out what has happened with many of our favourites from the first book and we get to meet The One - Fallon Swift - 13 year old daughter of Lana and Max, as well as catch up with Duncan and Tonia (Katie's twins and grandchildren of the man who was basically 'patient zero' in the first book) who were just babies the last time we saw them.
It's very much a book about the training of Fallon to take her place as the leader of her people. We watch as she leaves her home and family to train with Mallick (a Merlin type character who I wish we'd seen more in depth) for two years. She gains her powers and her mystical companions, the owl, the wolf and the alicorn. We follow as she returns home and spends time with her parents and younger brothers on the family farm, readying them for the Big Battle to come. We see her meet Duncan and Tonia and watch as they discover that they're meant to be this series' trio - Nora loves her trios of power. And we journey with Fallon's family as they join up with the bunch from New Hope, the folks we followed and watched come together in the first book.
Along the way, there are some looks in on the New Hope settlement and a couple of quick meetings between Fallon and some of the folk. There are a few battles and rescues. And there are more than a few moments of discovering her powers.
It's very much setting everything in place for the Big Battle to come in the third book and were it not for the engaging way Nora writes about her characters and the heart-touching moments of found family and shared histories that pepper the story, it would be a very boring book, I think. It's very much a middle book.
I enjoyed my read. As always with Nora books, I zipped merrily along, her writing style so easy to read. There were moments of humour, moments of action and danger, moments of love and deep emotion and I will admit to being engrossed. :) I am very much looking forward to the culmination of the trilogy, due out at the end of the year.