Book Review: Isabella (Book III of the Chantelle Rose Series) by Cristina Hodgson




Genre: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Suspense

Publishers: Amazon

Price: Rs. 289/- (I got the book for review from the author)

Behind the Book

Who is Isabella Gravachi, and what’s the mystery behind the trail of heartbreak left in her wake?

Having lost her mother as a child, Chantelle is desperate to trace this side of her family and confront the ghosts of her mother’s past. So when a surprise invitation arrives, promising to take her to the place that holds the secrets to both Isabella’s past and Chantelle’s future, she doesn’t hesitate.

But unravelling this Sicilian mystery that’s been locked away for centuries, under the guard of looming Mount Etna, will test Chantelle in ways she never imagined.

As new love challenges old, and bonds are formed and broken, will Chantelle’s quest for the truth destroy everyone she loves or will it bring her peace at last?

About the Author

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science.

A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Her FREE short story SIMPLY ANNA is out now!

Having read the previous part of this series, Valentina  I was so looking forward to the next book in the series.

In any series, the third book usually has a lot of pressure. The first book is used to set the characters and world building. The second book usually sets the plot going in terms of what can be expected and then in the third book the reader expects a lot of action. If I were to analyse this book on basis of these pointers, it did not disappoint me at all. Rather, it was a perfect finale for the whole series as it tied all the loose ends extremely well.

I have grown to love all the characters in this series and it was heart warming to see their stories tying up so beautifully. Chantelle continues to remain a personal favorite as she is totally endearing and Isabella is a complete surprise package.  Isabella and Chantelle are the two primary characters and the way their stories are intertwined not only in the plot but also in terms of emotions and descriptions, is something that makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Once again, though it is a part of a series the book as a stand alone has its own merit and makes a gripping read. I wouldn't blame you, however, if after reading this you feel like reading the previous works.

This book is a perfectly woven emotional roller coaster ride till the last page with ample twists and turns which make you feel WOW at a lot of places because they are totally unexpected. I love how the narrative has humor mixed with liberal doses of romance with suspense and drama layered in an exemplary fashion.

Strongly recommended for romance lovers who enjoy cozy reads!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Urad Dal Kachori -  Crispy, Crunchy and a perfect companion for a lazy Saturday afternoon spent with endless cups of tea!

Source: VegeCravings