Oz Sullivan was 21 and totally infatuated by Adrienne Deschanel despite the fact she was only 16 and the sister of his best friend. They began a love affair aided by Nicolas, Oz's friend and Adrienne's brother, who lets them meet at his home. That is, until they were discovered by Adrienne's father and she was forbidden to see Oz again.
Adrienne's parents intervened further and decided to take Adrienne and her sisters away on holiday. Oz and Adrienne made plans to elope. Before they could take their plans further the family lost their lives in a tragic accident. Her father, mother and sisters, all dead, but Adrienne's body was never found.
Three years pass and Oz is an attorney in the family firm. His life is turned upside down when he learns Adrienne has been found but with no memory of her life before the accident. He's reluctant to open old wounds but finds himself drawn into the unfolding drama.
The first quarter or so of the book was slightly confusing due to the storyline flashbacks, time frames and different points of view, I think because they were quite long and detailed and, if I'm honest, hard to grasp initially.
The writing is very descriptive and makes New Orleans come alive and the pictures in my head of Oz's cottage were lovely. I want to live there! Sometimes during the story I found it quite hard to like Adrienne, she came across as quite selfish and childish more so than when she was younger.
It's a story of love and loss with overlapping aspects of mystery and deception. The threads of the story were woven together well and once I was drawn in I enjoyed it a lot.
I got this book free as long as i gave an honest review so here goes.
This is a really good book and i would recommend it to other readers. Its a long story and not a short book like alot of books seem to be these days so it was nice to read a full length novel. It was a very descriptive book and you could easily picture things from the descriptions given about the places and people in the book which is good for me as I dont know that area at all. The story line itself was very engaging and kept you interested to find out what happened throughout all the years and how it would end. I found it difficult to put this book down and was kept wanting to know how it would end.
The only thing i didnt like which is why i am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it jumps between different stages in the past then to the present then a different stage of the past, i would have much rathered that it got told in some sort of order but then some people might like this way of writing. Do not be put off by that though cause it is still a really good read and an enjoyable book and I will be reading more by this author.
I was lucky enough to win this book in a competition.
This was a long and at times confusing book It jumped about a lot, and seemed to take a forever to get to the point However I found it to be a good story and found I HAD to find out what happened in the end Sarah has a great eye for detail, so you can "see" the places her character are in