An historical, romantic suspense novel, Adriana's Secrets, Book Two in The Secrets of the Montebellis Series, travels back to Lisa Richardson's great-grandmother's time and fills in the exciting stories alluded to in Book One.
Tragedy strikes the mountain town of Mont Castello, the home of Adriana Montebelli. Orphaned in 1888, Adriana's life is swept along at the whim of forceful men who decide where she will live and who she will marry. Instead of breaking her, their cruel deceptions toughen her resolve to take control. Though she rises to manage the vast Van Buren estate, she wonders if her broken heart will have the strength to love again.
Follow Adriana in this historical novel as she navigates the challenges of woman's suffrage, union violence, and the tragic hardships of love and loss, while struggling to cling to her faith.
|Publisher:||Inspired Fiction Books|
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About the Author
Cheryl Colwell drops characters you love into stunning locations, where dark contemporary and historical occurrences summon them to action. Each novel takes you on an adventurous quest popping with mystery, romance, and suspense. Inspired by museum finds and historical events she unearths in the cities and countries she visits, her stories keep you guessing what is fact and what is fiction. And who dunnit.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Story of Heartless Deception! Adriana Montebelli has suffered overwhelming tragedy and loss throughout her life as told in "Adriana's Secrets." This is a history of the events that precede the novel, "The Secrets of the Montebellis." The story begins with 7-year-old Adriana and her younger sister, and the events that separate them not only physically but spiritually. Separated by the families who accommodate them, the sisters drift further apart until their familial relationship is literally destroyed. Deception and betrayal become the norm throughout Adriana's life, and her faith deteriorates as a result. Her trust and hope are destroyed by the people she loves, yet she forges ahead through adversity. Cheryl Colwell writes a brilliant romantic suspense novel that contains a myriad of unexpected developments. She portrays characters with great depth and sensitivity, creating individuals with charisma and distinction, as well as those who represent the most corrupt and ruthless beings. The author's descriptions throughout this book are highly picturesque and represent tangible images of the landscape and the moods evoked by the settings. Suspense flourishes throughout this book, and I literally had to force myself to put the book down to get some sleep. "Adriana's Secrets" is a novel that will hold your attention until the very end. I highly recommend this book replete with danger, conflict, misfortune and romance, with a renewal of hope and faith interwoven throughout the pages. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and her publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expression are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
My heart is still racing! I'll sheepishly admit I didn't read book 1, but I plan on remedying that shortly. This installment does stand alone. Taking us back a hundred years in California, Colwell sets the stage for betrayal, family dysfunction, greed, suffrage, unions, and above all else, second chances and love. And a pesky bear, as the cover alludes. Two orphaned sisters handle their parents' deaths in very different ways. Older sister Adriana, at seven, is a gentle and innocent soul, while little sister Ladonna, is a hellion. Who knows what she would have been like if their parents had lived. In this small traditional village with many Italian descendants, life if hard, and the family who took in the girls end up having to give Ladonna away, while second born son to Adriana's ward harbors life-long hatred on many levels. The story takes the reader along the path of the girl's journey of loss and triumph through their personalities and choices, and the events manipulated by others. Nicely wrapped from the opening through the flashback around Adriana’s life story, to the ending; told from multiple viewpoints, Colwell has devised a well-crafted tale in the vein of Steinbeck and the Grapes of Wrath. Those who enjoy American history and especially Steinbeck, will enjoy Adriana's Secret.