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Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
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Jul 17, 11

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in July, 2011

Cash writes with great attention to historical detail. The setting of the story couldn't be better, and the characters, while most of them don't really appear to be alive and leaping off the pages (many characters only exist in Caitlyn's dreams anyway), are written with just enough detail to tell the story. However, the interplay between the past (400 years ago) and the present is amazing, and readers can't deny how a certain hand of fate is making the romance in this story possible.

By the end of the story, some questions are still left unanswered, but it's a satisfying read, one that shows how love can transcend time. There's something very romantic and heart wrenching about a love where one person is in one world while the other exists in another world, although personally, I find there is something lacking in their romance. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that these two young lovers rely a little too much on fate. Many readers probably wouldn't find this to be a problem.

At the heart of this story, there is also a mystery to be solved or a quest to be fulfilled. Told in Caitlyn's point of view, the story is peppered with French, Italian and Latin, it brings in elements of the paranormal, and a rich history that sets the mood very well (albeit some historical facts are fictional). When a romance is set in France, even when most of it is happening in her dreams, love is definitely in the air.

For those who don't mind reading (or dreaming) about a gorgeous young lad who's heart is set for his one and only, even after 400 years, and for those who enjoy a YA story charged with European history, give this one a try.
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