Great Summer Reads Countdown with @lovingthebook
Day 7 – Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past by Marcia Maidana
Marcia was born and raised in Argentina during the military regime which ended with the loss of many young lives in the invasion of the Falkland Islands. Amidst the devastating effects of military government and war, reading and writing became a passion which expanded and transported her imagination with the possibility of a brighter future.
At the age of eighteen, she moved to the United States, where she studied English and started her own family. She soon discovered that the love she has for her husband and children would naturally unfold towards her European roots, leading her to become a genealogist and family historian. A decade of searching, compiling, and learning the stories of thousands of people has instilled in her a profound gratitude for the strong ties that can be achieved in families through personal sacrifice.
So it is that through fiction, Awaken explores and exposes the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war, and finally, death. But perhaps the most captivating element in the story is the battle within the souls of the main characters as they search to know who they really are and how they are connected.
Could there exist a love powerful enough to overcome the grave?
Hard times during the Great Depression force nineteen-year-old Florence to leave her service at the monastery and seek employment. Fate brings her to work for a wealthy recluse, General Alexander Sterling. Despite many daunting events and a meddling housekeeper with dark secrets of her own, Florence and the General find themselves falling deeply in love.
What she doesn’t know is that General Sterling has left his native country escaping a painful past, one he yearns to forget. Destiny won’t allow it as he meets Florence, whose resemblance to his deceased wife is unbearable. Could Florence actually be the same woman who still owns his heart and haunts his dreams?
When their blossoming romance is shattered by an explosive truth, a mysterious stranger gives her an opportunity to go back in time to unlock the secret to her existence. Florence must strive to return to the present time to save their relationship from the imminent
danger that awaits them.
“Florence, since the ﬁrst day I saw you at Oak’s
Place, my life has completely changed. Everything that I believed and accepted
as true has been uprooted by your presence.” Alex’s countenance revealed
another layer of himself, a depth of feeling I hadn’t seen before.
many things I don’t understand, things that hurt so deep that I almost
convinced myself I was insane.” Alex arose and extended his hand to bring me to
my feet. Holding both of my hands in his, his gaze found mine.
“I wanted to
stay away from you, but I couldn’t. I didn’t want to hurt you, but I did. Today
when you said that you’d leave and never come back if I asked you to, I
realized that I could never ask that of you. Even though it would be better for
you, I’m much too selﬁsh. I’d die if I did.”