I thrive on a continuing story. I want to know what happens to the secondary characters – I also want to know what I missed in the first book. Just a few of the reasons I absolutely love reading a continuing storyline.
Often times a trilogy or series starts off with a blast of excitement – others unfurl like a slowly blooming leaf. Secrets of Bella Terra was a very slowly opening blossom (one I almost gave up on, except I’ve been trained by a bookaholic mother to read the whole story before reaching a conclusion!).
At its very core, Secrets of Bella Terra is about history – family history, the history of lovers and the history of a lifelong family feud fed by bitterness.
Rafe Di Lucas and Brooke Petersson have a past history. One forged in childhood and continued throughout early adulthood – unfortunately, Brooke ended up always being the one left behind as Rafe took off around the world. His reasons were valid – to him. Her reasons to stay and wait were all that mattered to her, even as she convinced herself that she was not waiting for anything except her next vacation.