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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Curator of Broken Things Trilogy: Full Trilogy by Corine Gantz is an engrossing read, to say the least. The tale of a family that explores themes of betrayal, family secrets, complex relationships, and a lot of digging into hidden truths, a story that spans a century and that features many historical elements and a setting that crosses different continents. Cassie has no love in her life since her ex-husband has gone off with a younger woman. She leaves Los Angeles and returns to her ailing father in Paris where she discovers the existence of an aunt with deep secrets. She is pulled into an adventure in which she struggles to make sense of her family’s historical fabric. Can she find love, too? The second book is set against the backdrop of WWII and Cassie is caught between the manipulations of her ex-husband and the advances of an attractive man. The third book features the challenges her parents face during WWII. With her parents in Africa, Cassie has to make the choice to finally accept love, but at the most crucial moment, the culminating piece of her family’s history comes into the story. Can she finally free herself from the burden of generations of family secrets?
This is a trilogy that is intelligently plotted, with an international setting filled with historical elements, with strong references to the Ottoman Empire, the prewar French Riviera, the World War II Allied landing in North Africa, contemporary Paris and Los Angeles. The protagonist is a woman caught between family drama and her quest for love. Cassie is a multidimensional character and the emotional part of her personality is ingeniously developed in the story. The Curator of Broken Things Trilogy is a work that will grab the attention of fans of family dramas and historical novels. It is deft. It is balanced. It is delightfully written. This is a novel plotted into different timelines and is both intriguing and suspenseful.