2/20/16

Review of Book of Hours by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Review of “Book of Hours”
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Gabriela Martinez and Richard Harrison first meet in Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s “The Coin.” I urge the
reader to go there before beginning this page turner. The love relationship between Gabriela
and Richard starts in the first book 4 years before the “Book of Hours.” The reader doesn’t have
to know the details of the first book to understand the 2nd, but it helps.
The original Book of Hours is a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It is an
illuminated manuscript, meaning that is filled with intricate and ornate lettering and figures. In
that respect, this Book of Hours is similar. Gabriela Martinez has made a copy of the original, for
which collectors are more than willing to pay huge sums at auction. One collector is willing to kill
for it. Therein is the reason that Gabriella and Richard are re-united.
This novel is a cocktail thriller mixed with love and madness. There are moments when you may
feel you’ve drunk too much with all the novel’s twists and turns but it’s a pleasant hangover.
More importantly, you will be wishing to read more of Gabriela and Richard at story’s end.

3 ½ Stars
William Snyder

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