4 out of 4 stars
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A light exploration and highlighting of the struggles among two cultural backgrounds, land and history tied together with an even paced fictional story line without the unnecessary space fillers. Escape by Belle Ami, is a curl up and zone out for awhile great read.
There’s a little something for everybody. You have a character coming of age, transitioning from girl to woman, a young man, who realizes the true reality of his world and a father, who will do anything to save his child including reaching out to a higher power in a crisis. Add to those double agents, hand to hand combat, guns, explosions, a few bad guys, the dark secret side of world governmental politics and some romance and you have a book you can’t put down until the end.
Aleck, a nuclear physicist, is a professor at MIT. After his wife Rebecca dies he continues to teach and does his best to raise their only child a daughter named Layla. Layla is attending Harvard working on obtaining her doctorate in art history. She’s a true daddy’s girl who exists in a protective bubble. She maintains her innocence and girlish naivety. She views the world as good for the most part never really experiencing the darker side of things. Transitioning from girl to woman can be a challenge. Layla finds out a girl plays damsel in distress a woman does whatever necessary to survive. Zamir, born into wealth, to parents deeply rooted in the old cultural ways. They sent him to Harvard for an education. Sowing his oats and having flings here and there is fine. After all that’s what young men his age do. He learns the hard way though, that when it comes down to it family tends to their own. Love is not a guarantee you’ll be accepted as one of the family. Cyrus, a broken man cut off emotionally from everyone and everything. He has accepted that he will never be able to experience true love or to give it. Two different cultures call him son. He is full of scars, seen and unseen, secrets and unspeakable pain. Cyrus’ world is consumed with wicked power and danger at all times. One wrong decision could be the difference between life and death.
I really enjoyed Escape by Belle Ami. I give this book a 4 out of 4 stars rating. The book is well written. It is a lovely mix between the different nuances of two cultures and languages of two separate groups of people. She made sure to give you true land marks, descriptions and historical facts, without overwhelming you, in order to transport you to the area the story is taking place. She delivers a full and complete story with the option to create a sequel if she so chooses. In Escape Belle also touches on world government issues without losing the flow of the fictional story line. Escape starts off steady, continues to build throughout and climaxes with perfect timing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a read that is easy to sink into without the dreaded cliffhangers or being left with multiple unanswered questions. It doesn’t take long to read. I really think I enjoyed reading Escape just as much as Belle Ami enjoyed writing it. This book is romantic fiction as the primary theme sprinkled with a touch of mystery, action, politics, history, secrets and spies.
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