(The Original Sinners: White Years Series, Bk #3)
by Tiffany Reisz
The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.
For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.
Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure
She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make
The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.
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I love Tiffany Reisz's writing style. She is truly a gifted writer and story teller! She knows how to keep her readers not only wanting more but at the edge of their seats. There are two "edge of their seats" points of this story: the wedding and why did Eleanor leave Søren. The entire time I'm reading I was like "Alright already. Why the fuck did she leave?" I must take a step back because I said 'reading'. See, I began this book reading as I was provided the ARC and but life gets in the way and busy. However, I have to also admit that the pace was a tad bit slower with this installment at the beginning of the book than in the previous installments which for me didn't have me devouring it at first. With that said, once I plugged in, the narrator taking over, everything was perfectly placed.
There are two stories that run parallel throughout the book; Nora's and Kingsley. YEAH!! More Kingsley! This is the book where we get to find out what happened "That Year". Which for those that have read the RED YEARS (previous books in the series), it's the period of time where something occurred, well as the blurb above says, Eleanor ran from Søren! However, that also affected Kingsley and we learn that's the time frame in which he met Juliet and the circumstances of how they met.
Nora being Nora, there's a story to tell, and she is a wonderful story teller. She's definitely a character that stands out in varies ways and all good. Sarcastic, strong, independent... she knows what needs to get done and does it. She lives her life to the fullest and is true to herself. She loves with all her might and defends those she loves. What more could a friend or love one ask of anyone?
This story was a great example of how sometimes people are meant to come into your life but not necessarily stay in your life. They are there to play a role. Help you figure something out. Move something along. Make you realize something about yourself. Hopefully, most of the time, those individuals are there on a positive note. Sometimes, unfortunately, it may not be the case. However, even when there is hurt, sorrow, sadness or even anger or betrayal, the individual served their purposed for the time they were in your life. Kyrie was such a person in Eleanor’s life. She was there to help guide her life. To nudge her in a direction that would propel her future self into a successful woman.
Loved the reminiscing! Loved seeing that even though they had gone through hell in the past, they were able to work through it to be where they are now in the future. I serious can't wait for the conclusion as it KINGSLEY's turn and this is where Elle becomes Nora and to see what ends up happening to Nora and Søren. I'll be sad, but have a feeling they won't be gone for forever... you never know.
Rating: 4.5 Stars I REALLY LOVED IT
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.