Thursday 14 January 2016

Don't Be Afraid by Daniela Sacerdotal

Where I was, time did not exist. My heart did not beat and I did not breathe - so I couldn't even measure it in heartbeats and breaths.

Published by Black and White Publishing in January 2016
Pages - 274

uccessful artist Isabel Ramsay has never come to terms with the tragic death of her mother. Haunted by what happened, Isabel finds her own life spiralling out of control until, one winter’s day, she gives up, unable to bear the pain of living any longer. Yet somehow she wakes up, remembering a vision of a mysterious woman who has saved her. But alone in a locked house, surely that’s impossible?
With her family and friends worried out of their minds, her husband Angus finds a companion to watch over Isabel while he's away from home. Warm, wise Clara can connect with Isabel in a way no one else can, helping her face up to her painful past, rediscover her passion for art and become brave enough to live her life again. But there’s a mystery surrounding Clara: who is she, and why does Isabel feel she’s known her all her life?
Reviewed by Vivienne Dacosta

Oh how I adore Glen Avich. I know it doesn't really exist, but each book leaves me pining to visit and meet all these wondrous characters.  I'm convinced the village exists exactly where Brigadoon used to be. And if you haven't heard of Brigadoon then you are certainly missing out on this magical fictional place in Scotland.
This book tells the story of Isabel and Angus, but it also includes Margherita and Torcuil who featured in Take Me Home. I love books in series that link into the lives of character that we have loved before and this book did it beautiful. Isabel and Angus didn't have an easy start to their relationship, as Isabel used to be engaged to Torcuil. There is tension among the characters as echoes of the past come back to haunt them as Isabel struggles to recover from an attempted suicide. When you hear about the situation from Angus's point of view, it almost breaks your heart. His undying love for Isabel is simply uplifting, but it is tested to the limit. Clara helps to save Isabel and she is such a beautiful character, she really lights up the book.
Just like the other books in the series, this one contains magical realism, which is always a firm favourite with me. I read this book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. The story grips you and won't let go.
If you love to believe that there is just a whiff of magic in our lives, then this series is truly one for you.

1 comment:

  1. I love her books too - even though they're creepy they maintain that sense of coming home every time you open one....


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