by Julie Christine Johnson
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Goodreads: Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region's quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life--and about her husband's death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think.
Kritters Thoughts: An interesting twist of history, fantasy and romance in this book. Lia Carter lost her husband and now her job and has decided to go back to her roots to finish her research and recenter her life.
This book centers around a religion that has real historical roots and the book is based on a historical fact - an assassination and the fall of this religion to Catholicism. As a religious studies major in college this book did it for me - I loved it. The part of religious studies that I loved was the study of how religion fits into history and how much history and religion go hand in hand, no matter the religion you practice you can enjoy reading how the rise of Catholicism affected this "heretical" religion from the past.
The fantasy was just right for me who doesn't love fantasy! It is a little time travel, but it actually fit in with the thread of the religion and the story. If you are hesitant about time travel, try this one, it is tame and easy to follow and even for a hesitant fantasy reader like me, enjoyable!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Suzy PR. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.