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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
La Fortuna: The Wheel of Fortune by Vera Zegarac is an engaging story that explores one woman’s journey to finding true love. When the twenty-seven-year-old archaeologist and professor, Carla Blumberg meets Eric Schottel, a lawyer twelve years her senior, the attraction is mutual and they quickly fall in love. In spite of Carla’s mother being a controlling freak, Carla is hopeful she’s found the love of her life, but things start going awry the moment she discovers she can’t have a baby. Carla knows things can never be the way she’d always wanted. Her marriage slowly deteriorates and escalates into a painful divorce. Follow her story as she develops new friendships, navigates with her ailing mother, experiences loss, finds real love, and ultimately settles with the man of her dreams.
Vera Zegarac injects a deep sense of humanity and pathos into the writing and this immediately awakens the finest sentiments and emotions in readers, compelling them to identify with and care for the characters. Carla’s journey is a difficult one and readers will sympathize with her as she struggles to build a good relationship with her mother. The author introduces the conflict right off the bat and the reader is pulled in by the psychological and emotional intensity of the conflict. I enjoyed the pacing and couldn’t wait to find out what happens to the protagonist. The author has a gift for creating a setting that readers can easily visualize. The writing is great and the dialogues read naturally. La Fortuna: The Wheel of Fortune is intelligently plotted, intense and absorbing.