BOOK 2 OF 2 IN THE SECRETS OF THE MONTEBELLIS SERIES
Tragedy strikes the mountain town of Mont Castello, the home of Adriana Montebelli. Orphaned in 1888, Adriana's life is swept along at the whim of forceful men who decide where she will live and who she will marry. Instead of breaking her, their cruel deceptions toughen her resolve to take control. Though she rises to manage the vast Van Buren estate, she wonders if her broken heart will have the strength to love again.
Follow Adriana's journey as she navigates the challenges of woman's suffrage, union violence, and the tragic hardships of love and loss, while struggling to cling to her faith.
Genre:historical Christian suspense with plenty of romance and mystery
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“The Secrets of the Montebellis is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time…What a fabulous book!...Cheryl did a fantastic job of portraying characters that you love and those that you!...Can’t wait till the next one comes out!”
Fabulously Written!!! Adriana's Secrets
After reading The Proof and falling in love with Colwell's writing, I was incredibly anxious to read the very next book she came out with, which happened to be Adriana's Secrets. I was unaware, however that it was book two to The Secret of Montebellis, you see, I thought that it was the sequel to The Proof. So, you could say that I was slightly confused with a lot of the back story, but I did manage to follow it and I did enjoy it.
Once again, Colwell pleased me with her characters and the suspense of the story. Her writing was fabulous and engaged me with every word she wrote and I already can't wait to read the first book (I often wonder how many series I've read backwards....I'm fairly certain that they would outnumber the ones that I read in order...)! I did find Adriana's Secrets to be much more emotional than I remember The Proof being and the violence was slightly more. But, I think that it was these two factors that made the book so well written, because Colwell captured the emotion of the characters so perfectly.
All in all, I rate Adriana's Secrets 4 out of 5 stars and encourage all fans of The Proof to read it (after reading book 1 first!)!
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Carol A. Brown -
I have read a number of really good books but it has been a while since I’ve read one that kept me as entranced as Adriana’s Time! (Confession—I read it in a single sitting! Couldn’t stop.) It is a historical romance involving family, life and death, greed, treachery, abandonment, love and loss. Set in the Wild West, before prohibition and regulation, at the time women were beginning to speak; to become more than an appendage on their husbands’ arms.
The language was clean without sacrificing reality of life, and the writing was wonderfully tight. I didn’t find any slow spots. Oh, there were places where you could begin to breathe again, but before you could relax the next catastrophe came! I began to feel sorry for the characters…would the bad things never stop? Couldn’t love somehow win?
The characters were perfectly portrayed—you hated the bad guys and loved the good guys. You wanted the bad guys caught and put away and you wanted the good guys suffering to stop. And of course, you feel rather helpless. I wanting to counsel, and even to yell at people about what they were about to do….but all you can do is turn the next page to see what happens!
You could understand why Adriana came to not trust men and formed the conclusion that it was useless to pray. I loved how God surprised her. Written with a Christian worldview, Adriana’s Secrets was an overall enjoyable read. I will savor the mental images for days. It is a book I can and will recommend easily to anyone, but specifically to history buffs, lovers of romance, and lovers of a good story. This book has it all.
Christine K - Adriana's Secrets
Just as engaging as her first book 'The secrets of the Montebellis'. Did not want to put it down as I could not wait to see what happened next. It gives a better understanding of how life was in the years before women got the vote and a voice for themselves. The tragedies and the action keep you turning the pages. A very good read.
Lisa J. Lickel Adriana's Secrets
My heart is still racing!
...Nicely wrapped from the opening through the flashback around Adriana’s life story, to the ending; told from multiple viewpoints, Colwell has devised a well-crafted tale in the vein of Steinbeck and the Grapes of Wrath. Those who enjoy American history and especially Steinbeck, will enjoy Adriana's Secret.
Karen S Tiede Adriana's Secrets
Endless suspense, intertwined with love and tragedy! Overall, you realize that a loving God is there all the time! Beautifully written!
A Story of Heartless Deception! Adriana's Secrets
Adriana Montebelli has suffered overwhelming tragedy and loss throughout her life as told in "Adriana's Secrets." This is a history of the events that precede the novel, "The Secrets of the Montebellis." The story begins with 7-year-old Adriana and her younger sister, and the events that separate them not only physically but spiritually. Separated by the families who accommodate them, the sisters drift further apart until their familial relationship is literally destroyed. Deception and betrayal become the norm throughout Adriana's life, and her faith deteriorates as a result. Her trust and hope are destroyed by the people she loves, yet she forges ahead through adversity.
Cheryl Colwell writes a brilliant romantic suspense novel that contains a myriad of unexpected developments. She portrays characters with great depth and sensitivity, creating individuals with charisma and distinction, as well as those who represent the most corrupt and ruthless beings. The author's descriptions throughout this book are highly picturesque and represent tangible images of the landscape and the moods evoked by the settings.
Suspense flourishes throughout this book, and I literally had to force myself to put the book down to get some sleep. "Adriana's Secrets" is a novel that will hold your attention until the very end. I highly recommend this book replete with danger, conflict, misfortune and romance, with a renewal of hope and faith interwoven throughout the pages.