Review published on May 12, 2017.
I have several of Daniela Sacerdoti’s books on my mountainous TBR pile as they just really appeal to me. I think the Scottish setting is a big part of that and when I got my hands on a review copy of Keep Me Safe I was looking forward to it so much, not least because it’s set on a small Scottish island.
Anna and Ava are the main characters and I liked both of them very much, but there are also a small number of other characters who are central to the story, including the rather lovely Sorren, whom Anna meets when she gets to the island called Seal. Despite the anxiety that sent them there in the first place, it all sounded rather idyllic and I found myself in that rather whimsical place I go to when I imagine Scottish islands! Seal is portrayed in such an attractive way I wanted to go there myself.
There are themes of reincarnation and having ‘the Sight’ in this book, and that is slightly out of my comfort zone as I find suspending disbelief a little difficult sometimes. But Sacerdoti deals with it beautifully. It’s all quite believable and magical and sweet.
Keep Me Safe is romantic and gentle and I found it to be a lovely book to read. It’s the first in a series and I’m not sure where it will go next as everything got tied up rather nicely at the end but I’d definitely been keen to return to Seal. I did find a little tear creeping its way into the corner of my eye at the conclusion. It really was all quite charming.
Nicola Smith 4/4
Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti
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