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Reviewed by Sarah Lowry for Readers' Favorite
Watermark by Sari Sikstrom is the story of a young woman’s search for her own identity. Vela lives in the shadow of her famous opera singer mother and was raised by her grandparents. Although her mother was often away when she was young, Vela has a good relationship with her. It is Vela’s unknown father who haunts her life. While in Rome to pack up her mother’s rental home, Vela discovers letters between her grandmother and one of her mother’s childhood teachers. These letters lead Vela into a past full of love and heartache. While Vela journeys through the past to find her own identity, she discovers that what she has always needed and wanted has been with her from childhood, and she learns the reason her mother has kept her father’s identity hidden.
Watermark is a story that kept me yearning to know more. Sari Sikstrom manages to tell not one but two stories in this novel, which had me entranced. I loved learning about the lives of Vela’s mother, her grandmother, and her mother’s teacher. Sikstrom seamlessly wove these stories together with Vela’s. The descriptions of both Rome and India were vivid and full of imagery, enabling me to see these places as though I was there. I would have liked to see a little more of the romance and about Vela’s unusual job as a Forensic Librarian. I’m a huge fan of books, so I found Vela’s job intriguing and loved the emphasis on books throughout the story. Sikstrom’s writing has a lovely poetic quality that drew me in and captivated me. I loved this story and can’t wait to read more by this wonderful author.