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5 Stars Out Of 5
January 14, 2014
All right, another great adventure with one of the brothers from this wonderful family and I read it in one sitting! Prince Alexander is noticing strange things as he prepares to follow his parents in the motorcade. When the attack begins, his only concern is making sure his sisters behind him are safe. Before he is able to check on them, an explosion nearby knocks him out and he experiences memory loss. It's a miracle when Lily shows up and he's able to tell her about needing to leave the country immediately. Adding to the confusion with his amnesia, will he be able to show his true gratitude to Lily with her kindness or will he be a danger to her?
Lily has no idea who this man is, but he needs her help. Without even considering the consequences she jumps in and saves his life, only to have it threatened by her own family. Can Lily trust this soldier, the only person she has ever felt safe with? Will his memory be restored in time to save the crown?
Most of this book takes place in the desert so the stakes are definitely higher for the main characters as they escape betrayal with Lily's Uncle David, the evil and conspiring general who doesn't hesitate to aim a gun at loved ones, snakes and scorpions in the desert, risking extreme heat and exposure with the elements, and doing all they can to protect each other with limited resources. It was interesting seeing Alec's memory come back gradually, loved the characters from the previous books making appearances in this one, and the risks Lily takes in helping Alex knowing her family is unstable and dysfunctional.
Really enjoyed Rachelle's note at the end:
Family. Love them or hate them, like them or merely tolerate them, we are all influenced by our families. It's more than the genetic imprint they give us. Every interaction influences who we are, molding and shaping us, or sending us running in the other direction_..
No matter where you came from or what your family was like, I pray you'll be encouraged by Alex and Lily's story. Are you trying to sort out where you came from? Or are you running from a family whose choices are contrary to your faith? Know that, no matter what your family is like, you have a heavenly Father who loves you, who will see you through all the challenges ahead and bring you to the happy ending you long for.
Prince Alexander â€˜Alec' gets out of his limo on the way to the dinner to help his sisters when he sees the action taking place ahead of them. As more grenades hit though, he's injured and loses his personal memories.
Lillian Bicardi sees the disorientated soldier and helps him- against her families wishes. She trusts this stranger and the kindness he has shown her more than her family who has only used her when she was convenient for them. Her father does everything his brother David tells him, even if that means breaking promises to Lily.
This book is full of adventure, the unexpected and betrayal. Rachelle does a great job of having the story begin again for each character. They are heading for a special dinner and their motorcade is attacked on the way. So each book begins with what was happening right before that time and sees the attack from each of their eyes. A series worth reading from book one.
I read this third story in the Reclaiming the Crown series in one day. Once you start reading, you can't put it down until the end. The story moves quickly, and there were several twists I didn't see coming. Alec and Lily were both likable, though how Lily remained so kind and helpful despite her greedy family is a puzzle. I was rooting for Alec to be reunited with his sisters and for Lily to be unharmed, too. Looking forward to reading the final story in the series soon!