This is one of the best and most well-written books I have ever read. Luanne Rice has really done her research for this story. She covers everything from gypsies to 25,000-year-old cave paintings, and gets all her facts straight, which makes for an even more enjoyable read. Basically, this is a love story, set in the Camargue region of France, where the the gypsies from all over Europe converge in Stes. Maries every May to pay homage to their patron saint, Ste. Sarah. The festival includes riders on the famous white horses of the Camargue, which are central to the story. The book information gives a good synopsis of the story, so I won't do that. I just felt so strongly about the beauty and excellence of Rice's work that I wanted to share my feelings and recommend this book as one of the most enjoyable that I've read in a very long time. Order this book! I promise, you won't want it to end.
Excellent read. My husband and I listened to the audio version when we were on a car trip and we both really liked the story. It is one of those stories that stays with you long after you have read it.
One of the best books by this author. It deals with a woman and a young girl both coping with the grief of losing their mothers in different ways. Wonderful foray into the colorful Gypsy world. Just a beautiful, heartwarming story. I couldn't put it down.
I read a lot of great reviews of this book which obviously was a good part of the reason that I requested it. While I did enjoy it and found it to be an easy read, I thought a lot of it was pretty cheesy and not extremely realistic. By the end I did learn to like it but it would not be a book that I would recommend to a friend.
I have always enjoyed Luanne Rice novels. She usually does such good âbeach readsâ. This one while very good I would not classify as a beach read. Although it is a bit intriguing it misses the mark of mysterious. A young woman loses her mother but makes good on her promise to âfind Sarah and thank herâ. Sarah is a Romany saint in France said to have travelled there with the 3 Marias. Of course while there she falls in love, but it can't be that cut and dried, there has to be a problem of course. His ex-wife, his troubled daughter, her ex-boyfriend/partner. There is some French in the book that is not translated and leaves the reader to figure it out. Some I could some I didn't care/need to. I am not big on description. Honestly I don't care what color her dress is or how it plays nicely off the colors of the flowers in the garden. I skipped over a lot of this in this book. And I don't believe I missed a thing. This was a good quick read (3 nights). With of course a happy ending.
This is another Rice charmer set in a particularly interesting locale. Anthropologist Susannah Connolly has traveled to the Camargue region of France to fulfill her mother's dying wish. Camargue is home to the Romany. Driving into the region, Susannah parks by the side of the road and steps out into the mist hoping for a glimpse of the famed white horses. Instead she finds herself surrounded by the black bulls that roam the region. As fear sets in, Grey Dempsey rides up on a white horse, holds out a hand and pulls her up out of harm's way. Thus starts the story of a romance, of a miracle, of trying to bring the colors of joy rather than the gray shadows of despair to a young girl, the legend of the Three Marys and of the horses that have roamed the region for thousands of years. When I finished the book I found myself compelled to read further of the Camargue, the Romany and the white horses.
Held my breath at the first page - expelled it only on the last page!!
I did not want to breathe for fear of missing a word!
Bravo - again - Ms Rice!! Wonderful story and always, unsuspected insight to another culture of our facinating world of human beings. BRAVO!!!
Boarding a transcontinental flight on the evening of her birthday, Susannah Connolly has decided to give herself a long-deferred gift & take a break from the demands of her everyday life. Encouraged by her late mother's magical stories, she is traveling from the Connecticut shore to the fabled French Camarague to see it's famous white horses & find a mysterious "saint" linked to her family's history.
Amid the endless slivered marshes, she will find a lonely man, his daughter - & a part of herself she hasn't known she'd lost - until she realized how hard it would be to lose it again. In Light of the Moon - New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice delivers a spellbinding story set within the breathtaking landscape where secrets & revelations have the power to change lives forever