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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past by Marcia Maidana is a beautiful blend of mystery and romance, with enticing elements of the supernatural, a book that will appeal to fans of time travel and romance. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the reader meets a nineteen-year-old girl, Florence, who has to leave behind her work at the monastery to look for a job. She is employed by a loner, the rich General Alexander Sterling. Her boss is a troubled man, with very dark secrets, haunted by a past he wishes never existed. General Alexander feels strangely connected to his employee and as though he were seeing his dead wife in her. The reader follows these two compelling characters as they brave all obstacles, fast falling in love with each other. But their romance won’t last long when the past catches up with their present. Thanks to a stranger, Florence must travel back in time to reconnect with her destiny, but can she return in time to the present to save their relationship from grave danger?
I was pulled in from the very beginning of the story and I enjoyed how the author portrayed elements of the setting, immediately drawing the reader’s attention to the hardship Florence experienced. Character development is top-notch and the reader can’t fail to connect with the characters. The plot is well-imagined and constructed to move fast. The story is told in excellent prose, filled with emotionally rich text and powerful descriptions that capture elements of the plot. Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past is a work of great entertainment, a tale with deep characters and an emotional intensity that will keep readers focused. Marcia Maidana has the gift of sustaining the reader’s curiosity for as long as her story lasts. She is a mistress in the art of entertainment.