Today it is my turn on this blog tour and I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part. Last year I read and reviewed Daniela Sacerdoti’s previous novel, ‘Set Me Free’ and I absolutely loved it, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to read this book. ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is out in paperback this month, published by Black and White Publishing. It is the fourth book in the Glen Avich series.
Isabel Ramsay lives in Glen Avich with her husband, Angus. A successful artist, she has never really got over her mother’s death, even though she died when she was very young. Haunted by what happened all those years ago, Isabel finds that her own life is spiralling out of control and unable to bear the pain any longer she decides to end her life. But then Isabel wakes up and discovers that she hasn’t died after all. She remembers a vision of a mysterious woman who has saved her, but doesn’t understand how this could be so.
With Isabel’s family and friends worried out of their minds, Angus and his brother find a companion to watch over Isabel. Angus’s work means he is away quite a lot from home and he doesn’t want Isabel to be alone. Isabel doesn’t like anyone in her home but somehow she accepts having Clara there. Clara connects with her in a way no one else can. She helps Isabel to face up to her painful past, rediscover her passion for art and encourages her to live her life again. But there is something mysterious about Clara.
I tend to comment if I really love a book cover and this one is just beautiful. It is picture perfect like a postcard. The snow looks so lovely that you just don’t want to disturb it.
When I first started reading ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much as the previous novel. I thought it might be a little bit too depressing, but after a couple or so chapters I found myself really getting into the story. Daniela Sacerdoti portrays her characters so well that you end up feeling as if you’ve known them forever. It was nice meeting up with some of the characters from the previous book. It felt like a reunion of old friends.
I could really understand how Angus was feeling. He was put in a very tricky situation and was naturally scared in case Isabel tried to commit suicide again. I thought that Clara was exactly what Isabel needed. She was really good for her. I found myself trying to work out what the mystery was about Clara, although I did have an idea.
‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is a beautiful, poignant and magical story and its one I won’t forget for quite a while. I think this is a wonderful book for people who suffer from depression. I am really looking forward to reading Daniela Sacerdoti’s next novel.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
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