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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Life in Saint Paul’s Bay, Malta in 1967 felt stifling for sixteen-year-old Melita. She lived in a male-dominated society, in a family where her father and brothers held the power. When Ross Macdonald came into her life, she found the love and affirmation she had been seeking. Fast forward to 1990 – Emily, Melita’s daughter, was engaged to the love of her life, Troy. She and Melita had been living in Edinburgh, Scotland since she was a baby. Melita held many secrets, including who her father was. Melita was often cold and distant from her daughter, and she continued to be that way until the present time. When Emily and her family moved to Vancouver, Canada, the physical separation only magnified the emotional distance. In Melita, author Gill D. Anderson developed an intriguing portrayal of how a strong-willed and wounded woman can affect those she loves the most.
The character development of both Melita and Emily is well-crafted; the reader can truly feel the pain each one suffered throughout the years. In a similar way, the author portrays other characters, such as Ross, Eddie, and Catherine, in fascinating ways. How people respond to being deeply hurt by those who love them is thought-provoking and often heartrending. The story is told in an engaging, easy-to-read way. Each chapter moves from past times to more current times in a smooth manner. Adding the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting family relationships is another compelling aspect. Author Gill D. Anderson has penned an interesting novel in Melita. Melita is an unforgettable character in an unforgettable book.