A year after its release, and this book still tugs at my own heart. It’s book two of The Lost Heritage Series, picking up where the Rossi sisters left off in Call of the Celts, but this time, it’s a focus on middle sister, Mia Logan.
Walking in on her husband in bed with a 20-year-old was the last thing Mia expected when she arrived home from a wonderful sister trip in Ireland. Now a single mom with a broken heart and low self-esteem, she must pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Her unrelenting depression and the looming danger of a committed stalker almost keep the peacemaking middle sister from retrieving her inherited jewelry box in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy.
Determined to fight back and regain her life, she ultimately makes the voyage that opens countless doors—to her long-forgotten dreams, to reignited passion and to her heart.
Thrust into unforeseen romance with the charming Francesco Marchesi, her cousin Maria’s trusted lawyer, Mia faces her greatest challenge yet: learning to love herself exactly as she is.
As I built the character Mia, there were some obvious connections to my own life…divorced, single mom struggling with very little experience in the love department and an unrelenting fight with body image. Her desire to hide herself in a book rather than face the reality of her life; the choice to blame her weight for her misfortunes rather than seeing herself as the beautiful woman she was; putting everyone else above her own needs.
What was fun about writing her was discovering all the passion inside of her that was ready to be explored…by her sisters, by a man, and most importantly, by her self. It was important for me to write this novel as a way of showing women how to accept themselves as they are in life—the imperfections, the hidden gems and the worthiness we all have.
A romance like none other, there are quite a few scenes that will make you question how you view yourself, in the best of ways.
It can be read as a stand alone book, but what makes this story even richer is seeing the development of her character as she appears in the first book, and then stars in the second. All three sisters are complex, beautiful souls whose lives become empowered once they own who they are and what they want from life.
To hear more about my thoughts on the development of my character, Mia, and how I connected to her, check out my video book review, Find Yourself in a Character:
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