Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Pendant - Review


“The Pendant” by Mirella Patzer takes the reader to medieval Italy and right into a tale of deception, murder, and love. It is 1270, and dashing Amoro promises his father, the Duke of Genoa, on his deathbed to wed Contessa Morena, the daughter of his archenemy, in order to end the feud between their families.
Amoro takes on the challenge and travels to the castle of his enemies. What he doesn’t know is that Morena is betrothed to Count Ernesto since her childhood days. Proud and strong, Morena is not willing to give easily into Amoro’s wooing, although she discovers feelings for him. Desperately, she waits for her father’s return, but to no avail. Unbeknownst to her, Morena’s father had wanted to undo the betrothal contract, because he had found out about the true nature of Ernesto’s greedy heart. Helped by a disappointed previous lover of Amoro, Ernesto abducts Morena to force her into marriage, and Amoro comes to the rescue, but it will be Morena who will have their fates in her hand.

“The Pendant” is historical romantic Fantasy as its finest and settings and characters feel authentic and real. The book offers a journey to temperamental Italy where the word ‘vendetta’ still has a meaning today. Romance is the driver of the plot, the lovers are in peril by the intrigues of a villain and by rejected love. Readers who like straight forward romance with a touch of erotic and adventure will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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