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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
A Painted Lily by Angela Hoke tells the story of a young man plagued by the mysteries of his past and his true heritage, who sets out on a quest to discover his roots. Tony is accompanied by his long-term best friend and confidante, Becca. An unusual and confusing meeting with his brother, Pedro, begins Tony’s journey, which takes him to the streets of Havana in Cuba. There he follows a paper trail which eventually leads him to uncover the truth about his past. Not only does he discover who he really is, but he discovers true love also, although it takes him a while to realise this. Emotions run high as each character in this stunning tale evolves, leaving the reader breathless for more.
Every so often you come across an epic story that remains with the reader for some considerable time, and this is such a story. In a story told with incredible elegance and emotion, author Angela Hoke has spun a web of family secrets, unrequited love, harsh reality, and all gently blended with a touch of romance. The descriptive writing is a credit to the author, who has the ability to make the simplest task or setting a visual experience for the reader. The characters are well developed and endearing and this ensures that the reader understands and empathises with each one. Even the changing POV in each chapter works well and enhances the story and helps with the pace. This is truly an engaging read and one to be highly recommended.