Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Review: Divine by Nichole Van

Title: Divine (House of Oak #2)
Author: Nichole Van
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Source: Digital Copy
Content Alert: A clean romance

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that the second book in a series will be markedly weaker than the first book. I've talked at length in this blog about the second-book curse, and I fully expected that curse to apply to Divine, the sequel to Intertwine by Nichole Van. After all, the thing that made Intertwine so fantastic was the fact that there was a modern woman living in the 1800s and falling in love with a man from that time period. Divine is the story of Georgiana, James's sister, and Emme's sister-in-law, and the man who loves her is also a man of the 1800s, so wherein lies the conflict?

In Intertwine, Georgiana traveled to 2012 to cure her consumption, and when she returns to the past, she's not sure to which world she belongs. The conflict in Divine comes when Sebastian, who has loved her since childhood, follows her through the time portal and experiences modern life. Van brings the same smart writing and rounded characters to Divine that she brought to Intertwine, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books in the series. No second-book curse here!

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