I have received I gifted copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
In the story we meet Fern, a young woman, who is visiting her aunt in Italy. Fern is looking for something to help her keep Sanity after the tragedy in which she has lost her fiancé, Henry. She find her remedy in painting and while looking for landscapes, buildings to paint she feels like she is floating. During this episodes she finds herself living in a body of Cecilia, a lady from 16th century. At the beginning she is confused. She starts to question her sanity and does not believe in spiritual world.
Fern and Cecilia, are totally two different characters, where Cecilia want love, passion and lust, Fern is closed and scared to live, in my opinion. Where language and sentences in Cecilia’s world were perfect for her time, I found that sentences that were used is Fern’s world were a bit posh and not really modern… That’s what made me cringe a bit.
Both characters were facing the question about the future: Fern and her sanity – is she able to live? Continue to live? Be happy? And Cecilia – what will she chose stability or love?
What I loved the most, how Siobhan mixed those two worlds together and how perfectly she made Fern understand through life of Cecilia, that she can forgive herself. That it’s okay to live. To be happy. To be free.
Through the whole story you can see that the author has done her homework and all the buildings and architecture is described perfectly. The history follows beautifully.
I really enjoyed the story and in my opinion it deserves 4.5 stars.