Today is my stop on the blitz for the Forbidden Flower series by Diane Rinella. I have a review of Time's Forbidden Flower and you can also find my review of Love's Forbidden Flower here.
Time's Forbidden Flower (Forbidden Flower #2)
by Diane Rinella
Publisher: Midnight to Six Publishing
Released: 19th August 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
An eternity of passion cannot be quelled by society.
Once upon a time Donovan assured Lily all of her dreams would come true. But how could he keep the promise of a fairy tale when her truest goals could not involve him, though her deepest desires did? Now, Lily has it all—love, passion, a family, and the career of her dreams—with Christopher. But something is lacking. She and Donovan have spent the last ten years living apart, and the soul mates are eager to reunite. Can Donovan keep his promise to give Lily all she desires, even with Christopher in the way?
For Lily and Donovan, the past is a mirror to the future that cannot be shattered.
Donovan is convinced Lily has been his love for all eternity. Determined to unravel the past, they embark on a journey to discover where it all began. For centuries Donovan has stolen Lily’s heart while forced to suffer for his love. How much can a soul endure before the breaking point is reached and a monster emerges? Can the demons of the past be combated to pave the way for happiness in the next life? Or has the abuse suffered in this life already turned Donovan hell bound? Time and again, one woman has destroyed their happiness. It’s time to silence her once and for all.
Good golly, what an ending! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Love’s Forbidden Flower; it’s about a relationship that is not acceptable in society, but the true love aspect and hardships the couple go through are eternal. Time’s Forbidden Flower continues on their story and the struggle between their love and the love for their families. Diane Rinella has a great writing style and it allowed me a glimpse inside the characters hearts and minds, even for just a short while.
Lilyanna and Donovan are siblings that discovered feelings for each other that are not your ordinary brother/sister feelings. They are stronger and more intimate and highly unaccepted. Donovan and Lily made a very tough decision and knowing that they couldn't have children together, decided to make families with others. Lily still loves Christopher and accepted his proposal; because he is on the other side of the world, two weddings take place and Donovan finds it hard to walk Lily down the aisle, not once, but twice. Donovan brings his own surprise and tells Lily of his engagement to Anna. Jealously seeps through, but Lily has to remember how happy she is with Christopher and let Donovan create his own family.
We skip ahead now and both are successful in their own right. Lilyanna has her own bakery, with Christopher working during the day and band practising at night; they have two beautiful children, Graham and Antonia. Donovan is a psychologist and Anna a nurse they have one daughter, Sunshine.
Donovan found that healing himself he could also heal others, although he has set backs and triggers that bring forth memories of his past, they all help to keep his triggers hidden. But Anna seems to have her own troubles and provokes Donovan by bringing his triggers out in front of him. What is Anna’s story?
Donovan and Lily have unearthed their love is literally eternal and haves travelled through many past lives. Lily visits a specialist and starts to travel through her past lives to find the point where they couldn't live happily. Within each life, Lily found that everybody in her present life are also a part of her past and have the same characteristics. Their very first life was in Egypt where the eternal love began, but along the way they became cursed. What happened?
The temptation is too high for both Donovan and Lily since he moved to Los Angeles, so they decided to distance themselves. Donovan is finding it very hard, especially with their Mother’s illness and her behaviour toward the siblings.
Lilyanna and Christopher seem to be drifting apart as Christopher is getting more involved in his band and the upcoming tour. Christopher has family complications of his own and Anna is having a breakdown. Everything appears to be falling apart.
Will Christopher and Lilyanna separate? Will Donovan and Lily ever truly be happy together? What is Anna’s story? Who is Antonia’s (Lily’s daughter) father? Why is their Mother so twisted and hateful?
I absolutely love the ending of this book. There were so many surprises along the way of Donovan and Lily’s (or Lilyanna’s) journey and I didn't have any questions unanswered. The full circle and mysteries were all solved and at the end I was smiling. The complicated premise and characters were brilliant and Ms Rinella is very gifted in her writing abilities. I cannot wait to read what Ms Rinella brings out next.
4 GREAT JOURNEY BOOKS
About the Author
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
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