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The Mystery of
The Wooden Rose Trilogy
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The Mystery of the Wooden Rose A Romantic Paranormal Trilogy by Soraya
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The Wooden Rose is an extraordinary good read which I found to be in the best of storytelling traditions. The first part is set in the past (1900’s) and ends neatly, to be taken up in the second part with a link back to the characters we met in the first part, where we met a gypsy couple. It's a lovely narrative device and well handled by Soraya. The story of the wooden rose (deliberate lower case letters) is the connection, from the past, with a small wooden rose almost like a talisman, worn around the neck of a certain girl..... to say more would be to spoil it for the reader. Suffice to say the characters we meet from the 19th Century in the first part of the story, are connected in the most interesting way with the future- also set in Scotland- with the characters we meet there. The River Clyde is a feature in this story, a great icon of an emotional life since water is surely the best representation of emotion I can think of. There is extraordinary detail in the telling of the story- rooms, streets, characters are portrayed in a way that gives us a vivid image of who we are dealing with and where they are. The elements of romance are wonderfully handled, as the modern story has a strong relationship with the protagonist, Alina, and her lover. The great thing is that psychic life, tarot and various other occult phenomena are intertwined in the modern section of the novel, with an interweaving of sub-plots and main plot which are in themselves very well-written and feasible- as a writer I can see how a lot of thought and hard work were put in to ‘tie up’ the incredibly complex weaving of this story. What I loved the most was the sheer tight focus of the narrative, which held the attention and kept you rooted in the story’s mystery. The ending is quite simply, beautiful. Thank you Soraya for an excellent read, and I will definitely need to read the prequel, and the ‘curse broken’, final instalment of the trilogy. Wonderful storytelling