“Rose is a teenage girl carrying her father’s baby. A teenage girl who desperately wants to escape the abuse and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.
Salem is oddly familiar, as are the memories of the woman’s body she now occupies, but Rose knows there was a life before this one. A life with a baby she needs to return to . . . if only she could remember.
But remembering won’t send her back.
Shortly after her arrival, she meets a strange man in the woods who calls her by the name she gave herself as a child: Cordovae. She’s never shared the name with anyone, and yet, it’s her one true identity. The one name that represents who she always was and who she is destined to become.
Cordovae learns the only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.” (on Goodreads)
*This is an ARC review*
When I first started reviewing, one of the first books I reviewed was The Forever Girl. It wasn’t my normal genre to read, but I soon grew to love the book and explore the genre, as well. From that book alone, I knew I’d probably be hooked on the series. Now, about two years later, I had the opportunity to read book two in the series, Come, the Dark. The wait was well worth it.
Even though this is book two in The Forever Girl series, it’s not a direct sequel to the first book. That book was the start of Sophia’s journey, while book two starts Cordovae’s journey. She’s a new character to the series and even comes from a different time, which makes it all the most interesting.
This book starts out with Rose in Georgia in the 1960s, having her father’s child. That situation’s a little awkward to read about; though as the story progresses, I had a better understanding of the situation than I did at the beginning of the novel. Soon after Rose gives birth, she’s thrown back in time to the period of time that the Salem Witch Trials occurred. She’s not only thrown into a foreign time, she’s also thrown into the middle of a war between paranormal races. While here Rose, now called Abigail (the body she inhabits) and Cordovae (her spirit’s name, I’ll use this name for now on) meets William and Tess, the two Ankou destined to join her in saving Salem, and humanity.
The story was great, and I that think new readers can pick this up without missing a beat if they haven’t read The Forever Girl. However, I had to dive into my memory banks from book one a little bit for some details of the different races, when they weren’t explained as well as they could have been. In the book’s defense, Cordovae never bothers to ask for much explanation until it’s almost too late.
I wasn’t too connected with Cordovae for most of the book, to be honest. Her obsession with her “past” life and getting back to her baby, while admirable and natural, was a bit too strong I felt. Even when given the facts about how she could return, she fought against what she needed to do and was selfish. Let’s just say if got her into a bit of trouble a few times. The two other main characters, William and Tess, were easier to understand and “like”, though I feel like Cordovae knew them more than the reader got to in some aspects.
I was pleased to see Adrian, a Cruor, in this book. He’s a more involved character from The Forever Girl and seeing some of his history helped develop him more as well as tie the entire TFG universe together. I also enjoyed how things once they got moving a bit more in the later part of the book, played out. I was surprised by some of the events that unfolded and that’s always a great thing for a book to do. There are still some things I’m shocked by (in a good way).
Overall, Come, the Dark was well worth the wait. Seeing more of a focus on the Ankou race (a barely mentioned race in book one) helped bring a fresh viewpoint to this series. It was also interesting to see Hamilton play with the idea of time travel and the spirit world with the timelines. The only sad thing is that book three isn’t written yet. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now, The Forever Girl books will definitely be ones I’m eager to read for years to come.
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The Forever Girl (book 1)
Her Sweetest Downfall (a Forever Girl novella)
About the Author:
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.
To learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, please visit AutisticAdvocacy.org.
Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
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