Author: Barbara Casey
Source: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Description: On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed the read. I didn't know what to make of the book, but once I got into the book, I quite enjoyed the read. I felt that the book was fairly realistic and could very easily envision each of the main characters in the book. I suppose it didn't hurt that a good portion of the story took place in the Italian countryside, surrounded by good food and good wine. I felt that the plot moved along quickly and held my attention and made me care about the characters.
Bottom line: If you enjoy books set in a country that has good food and good wine, you will enjoy this book. Recommended.
Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.
In 2014 Barbara became a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in true crime and other cutting-edge adult nonfiction.
Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
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