Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Length: Full (214 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Hibiscus
Penniless, her parents and brother dead, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved childhood home during the Civil War. Another bluecoat is staggering down the hill, but before Sophia allows him to rob and pilfer like the others, she shoots him. How is she to know it is Gavin, the dark knight of her youth, carrying secrets too horrific to imagine and a passion that ignites her deepest desires?
As Sophia gradually learns Gavin's secrets-and enjoys his talents in the bedroom-she discovers how to finally know her own heart. Can she save the Land of Falling Stars, or will she lose it all to the horrors of the War and Reconstruction? And will the Southern lady and the Yankee soldier be able to recapture the bliss of their youth - this time in each other's arms?
Shootings, rapes, burnings and blood all combine to make Land of Falling Stars not your mother’s Gone With the Wind. The story is set in Civil War times, has Rebels and Yankees and plantations burning down but that is about all that it has in common with my rose-colored glasses view of the time period.
I loved the character of Gavin Langdale. He went to war and fought for what he believed in, even though it was against what his friends were fighting for at the time. I loved that he was honest, loyal and a true hero. He was a hero for Sophia from the time he saved her from downing when she was a child. He was a friend to Jesse, held him on the battlefield and even delivered a letter to Sophia for him. Gavin was honest to a fault and did not sugar coat his words to save Sophia’s sensibilities. I was amazed at the depth of his love for Sophia and that it held true even after the hard times she gave him.
Sophia was a strong young woman who I felt had some serious growing up to do. Yes, she struggled in the harsh times and survived on her estate by herself but her emotional self needed to grow up. Sophia saw the world kind of like Scarlett O’Hara. She believed her love would come back from the war and make everything right again. I enjoyed watching Sophia struggle with her feelings for Gavin but did not like that she kept playing games with him all the way up to the end of the story. The Sophia that finally emerges at the end was a far cry from the frightened little girl that I first saw at Arbor Rose.
There are quite a few minor characters, some that were a delight to read about and others that sent chills down my spine. Mule Cooper and Billy were very mean, evil men and I loved to have their characters as the definitive bad guys. Also, Vandlo and his tribe helped break the stereotype of Gypsies. I enjoyed reading about their life and loved the assistance they gave to Gavin and Sophia. One of my favorite characters was Mischief. As you read the book, I’m sure you’ll agree with me.
I thoroughly enjoyed Land of the Falling Stars and hope to read more of the people of Arbor Rose and Fredericksburg.