The Taker Review

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The Taker
By Alma Katsu

About the book:

A love story spanning over 200 years

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Main, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her…despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

My Review:

The Taker is one of the longest books I have ever read, it is 436 pages.  The taker reminds me of why I enjoy reading historical romance genre.  I love learning about different time periods, how they lived, society beliefs and more.  This book included romance, history, friendship, family, and a paranormal aspect.

Lanore (Lanny) is a young girl, who is in love with Jonathan.  Lanore and Jonathan quickly become friends and lovers.  Lanore hopes and dreams of more with Jonathan, although Jonathan doesn’t quite feel the same.  While he adores Lanny and their friendship, he doesn’t completely love her.  Jonathan also has a wandering eye.

Lanny is sent away by her father due to an unexpected reason.  She meets Adair, Donatello, Tilde and Alejandro who take her in as their own.  While staying with them, she discovers more about them.  Little does she know, she will be forced to know their secrets and their way of life.

Lanny is a very smart, clever, and forward thinking woman.  She learns the truth about her captor, Adair and figures out how to use that information against him.  Lanny is always strong willed but knows when to back down to Adair.

Adair forces her to bring Jonathan back with her when she is sent back home.  Adair loads her trunk with plenty of gifts and treasure for her family and for Jonathan.

Once Jonathan is brought in to live in the household, Lanny is determined more than ever to free herself and Jonathan.

Lanny is incredibly brave for finding the courage to find the answers she needed.  She thought out her plan before proceeding.  It is no wonder Luke is taken by her soon after he meets her.  Luke is working in the ER when Lanny is brought in.  Luke is a great listener and has a big heart.  He seems to immediately trust her.

The Taker is a mesmerizing read through the centuries.  There were surprises hidden between the mysteries, well rounded characters and love to be discovered.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book review is brought to you by Charisma Media.  A book was provided to me for review.  No payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review.  This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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