I give the author credit for putting a lot of heart, soul and energy into this story. It has a lot of authentic-feeling details, although I had trouble with the initially slow-moving narrative. I really liked the intricate infusion of The Divine Comedy
into the story. I would like to rate this higher, but it was just too hard for me to get into the story initially, and I didn't love the conclusion overall.
For that reason, I'd have to rate it 3.25/5.0 stars
. It's hard when you don't love something someone has written with love. However, I have the feeling that this book will resonate with some readers.
Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the March issue. http://affairedecoeur.com