- The Wild Rose Press
- Release Date
- January 2018
Artist Theia Constas receives a tour of Italy from her grandmother as a college graduation present. Before she departs, her ya-ya's deathbed revelation of a cache of WWII photographs and love letters extends Theia's itinerary to Crete in search of her unknown grandfather, a promising artist who studied under Chagall but didn't survive the war.
Wade Bingham, an actuary who always follows the rules and calculates the odds, finds himself alone on his honeymoon trip, wondering why his fiancée jilted him at the last minute.
In the wrong place at the wrong time when their hotel in Florence, Italy, is besieged by terrorists, the two strangers find themselves thrust together in Wade's honeymoon suite. Immediately attracted to each other, Wade conducts a siege of his own to win Theia's heart.
Jan 23, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
58 people found the following review helpful
THE SIEGE is my second Marilyn Baron story and I couldn't be more pleased. I really enjoyed how Ms. Baron immersed us in the story – both in the present and 1944.
Likes: The little details that make the difference between a good story and an exceptional story. Examples include the banter between Wade and Theia drives the story in places intermingled with the rich historical details of her grandparents and the old cities they visit. The descriptions of Chania made me feel as though I were wandering the streets with Theia and Wade. The letters: so beautiful and tragic; their descriptions sweeping us away into a different time and place. The internal thought process Theia goes through as she's planning her painting. They're all imaginative and richly detailed.
Dislikes: I feel the need to point out that my dislike is actually the mark of really good storytelling. That said, I really didn't like Theia, especially in the beginning. While I don't think she (Theia) intends to be, the character comes across as overly antagonistic and I found myself getting frustrated with her inability to show any sort of empathy toward Wade. I will say that I do get it and why she is the way she is but I found her desire for control at the expense of love frustrating. Fear not, there is a happily ever after.
This is a remarkable story and one worth reading. You won't be disappointed.
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