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Where the Cedars Rise

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In the sequel to 'What Lies Beneath the Cedars', Lucy travels with Rhys to a mountain village in Lebanon to learn more about the true origins of her family. For Lucy, it is a chance to connect with the extended family she never knew and celebrate the love she has just found with Rhys. But they soon discover “the old country” is one of contrasts, complexity and intrigue.

Published December 6th 2017 by Sonia Gebrael
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Francine Kay
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this sequel within a few days of finishing the first one and I was blown away. There is big improvement in the Sonia's grammar, style of writing and story structure. For me, this was far better in all aspects. The story continues where Lucy sets off to Lebanon with Rhys and this was a wonderful insight into the Lebanese culture and lifestyle, I found that entire part very intriguing, and you can really feel Sonia's love for Lebanon through her style of writing. There are subplots and a fe ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading What Lies Beneath The Cedars, I was looking forward to the sequel to the story to see where Lucy and Rhys ended up. Once again this is a real page turner.

The story starts where the first book ends up, where Lucy and Rhys finally get together (I recommend reading the last chapter of the first book to get a feel of what has happened). They head off to Lebanon to Lucy's mums village. For someone who knows nothing about Lebanon, I feel like I have been there. It was a real surprise as
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought that the story couldn't get any better, then this comes along.
I cried throughout most of the book, it was so emotional. Loved the first part in Lebanon, having never been (but always wanting to go), this has given me a first hand insight into the culture, scenery and village life, all through the eyes of our heroine, Lucy.
It was really interesting insight to the relationship of Lucy's sister, Grace that was a nice break from Lebanon and the way that first half is wr
Melinda B
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My friend gave me the first book 'what lies beneath the cedars,' and I really loved it. I thought it was a great read and I was looking forward to this sequel. You can tell the author has improved greatly, by the way she has weaved this next saga.
This is a VERY well written story. You will be able to imagine everything that is happening with the descriptions and emotions laid out. The emotions are what got to me.. they are so real, I found myself relating to a lot of it. I cried a few times but
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MAN WHERE DO I BEGIN! This is a book that you don't forget. hands down one of my favourite series that I couldn't put down as you just want to know what is going to happen next! So many different scenes and character journeys which show exceptional cultural relationships and character development. I loved where aSonia took this book. The little things that Sonia placed in this book fit perfectly and create meaning to characters behaviour throughout the first book.You explore deeper emotions and ...more
Joumana Sukari
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Where the Cedars Rise” continues the story of Rhys and Lucy from “What Lies Beneath the Cedars”. This book is full of soul and takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions as you continually ask yourself, “will they or won’t they?” It explores the complex areas of love and cultural differences, family ties and secrets, community expectations vs self fulfillment. You will fall in love with the main characters all over again, and explore the characters of Grace and Amelia in a more in depth way. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great sequel to What Lies Beneath the Cedars! The book is well written and captured my attention as it goes beyond a traditional love story, having layers of plots and underlying themes.
The way in which the author wrote the book made it easy for me to place myself in each scene and empathise with each character, making it very enjoyable to read, right to the end.

I'd recommend this book to all audiences and warn that after you finish reading it, you may be hanging for more!
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read this book after reading the second! It was so enjoyable! the culture and the romance and the mystery and plot twists amazed me! I was in awe of the writing and it was so intriguing! It makes me want to go to Lebanon like the characters! I could read this over and over and over again!
I think everyone should try this book! The description captures emotions and the character relationships are so beautiful to read! I would love to see this in a movie some time soon!
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sonia, where do I even begin? Where the Cedars Rise got me riding on an emotional rollercoaster! From the moment I picked up the book to the moment I put it down, I loved it! I felt every emotion you put in to each character and I was able to picture every scene. I am honestly lost for words! I am beyond proud of you and can't wait to see everyone else's reactions to this fantastic book! Thank you for allowing me to be apart of Lucy's journey ❤💚 ...more
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! Was so excited to read the sequel to "What Lies Beneath the Cedars"
"Where the Cedars Rise" was a delightful read which like the first book, kept me captivated and focused. I loved being able to come back into the lives of Lucy and her family to see where life was taking them all. My favourite part was definitely when Lucy and Rhys were in Lebanon. Not knowing much about the country at all, the scenes here felt so authentic and real and made me want to be there to experience it too, Ma
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Sonia Gebrael is the youngest of six children born to Lebanese migrants that settled in a tight-knit community in Sydney. Her interest in exploring her heritage has seen her travel to Lebanon on several occasions where she was fortunate to journey the country, connect with relatives and discover new friends. These experiences enabled Sonia to develop a profound appreciation of the culture and atti ...more

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