“The Prairies Book Review”
A strong female lead; a fantasy world; and a gripping storyline…A promising debut!
Lizette has spent the past few years dedicated to her legal career which suddenly seems to come at a standstill and a man who has been betraying her from the start. Trying to escape the sudden turmoil in her life, she decides to leave the country and take a break. Prince Feliciano is trapped in a cruel game of destiny which has him separated from his loved ones for more than a century. To return home, he must find his soulmate first: a woman who is pure of heart and has a link to his old world, who will be willing to return home with him leaving her own life behind. When finally, they meet, it is love at first sight. But will love be enough for Lizette to abandon her family, her friends, and her life? Will she follow her heart? La Flor Manor, the first book in series is definitely a brilliant start by Mary Jaimes-Serrano. Serrano’s world is rich in culture and history. Serrano’s vivid description transport you to the La Flor Manor so that you’re standing with Lizette throughout her adventure there. The sprawling eighteenth-century palace is brought alive by detailed imagery of fineries and open gardens. Lizette is a normal young woman, someone easy to relate to. Prince Feliciano’s perceptions of Lizette make you aware how he sees the young woman, and at the same time, the reader gets to know him better in the process. A gentleman at heart, he has this boyish charm. The author has done a brilliant job when it comes to characterization. The characters, all of them, are easy to connect with. Serrano flawlessly blends heartbreaking drama with the daily chit-chat of characters’ lives. The vivid descriptions of open landscapes make the settings come alive. The pace is even and story flows smoothly until the end. La Flor Manor is a promising first instalment to the upcoming series. The book, with its strong characters, intriguing storyline, and stunning setting will leave you want more at the end.