Toggenburg - Book 4
by Michaela Francis
Sarah is back in her beloved valley and living happily with the woman she loves; the beautiful and extraordinary Daniela. All would seem rosy in Sarah’s world but unresolved issues threaten her new found happiness. First and foremost is the rift that has opened between Sarah and her parents as a result of Sarah’s sexuality; a rift now brought into sharper focus due to her elder brother’s impending wedding. Sarah’s sister Jessica has her own issues to deal with and determines to confront the conflicts that are tearing her family apart.
Then there is the problem of Sarah’s best friend, Nicole whose life is about to face a crisis as she struggles with her own sexuality and the entrance of Charmaine into her world.
Even while Sarah juggles with the matters of her friends and family an unforeseen new person emerges from the background and Sarah, while still estranged from her family, must face the prospect of starting a new family… her own.
Rich in drama, humour, and romance, the fourth volume of the Toggenburg saga, filled with Michaela Francis’ much loved characters, is another warming chapter in a towering love story set amidst the glory of the Swiss Alps.
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Michaela is a UK author based in Yorkshire. Born in the city of York, Michaela spent many years travelling throughout Europe during a career as an entertainer before returning to the UK to study for a Masters degree in history. The author of several novels and many short stories, as well as several works of non-fiction, Michaela's style mixes romance, fantasy and eroticism in a rich blend of well researched authenticity and descriptive imagination. Widely travelled, multi-lingual and multi-cultural, Michaela draws upon her own experiences and adventures to enhance the diversity of her writing while adhering to Tolkein's mantra "the inner consistency of reality" to bring realism and credibility to the imaginary worlds she creates.
I read this initially when it was in 1 volume and seemed to be waiting for an age for the sequel, I realise now that it was probably due to the rewrite , I hope the next instalment will be soon, can't wait (Amazon review)
A great read and cant wait for the next (Amazon review)
As usual, a great book. I had been refreshing my search on "toggenburg" 3 times a day, and I stayed up all night reading this book the night it came out.
I love the writing, being as much a travelogue as a romance. I love the characters and how Sarah is developing her life. I love the friendship that the characters show each other.
I loved the trip to see Maria.
All the background happenings in Sarah's family was fascinating and Jess' final laying down of the law was rewarding.
The only thing I didn't like was that Sarah looked awfully dim when Danny was educating her about Saudi Arabia.
Nicky's awakening was great, I loved how it unfolded.
I can't wait for the next book. I've been amazed at the regular 4 to 6 week publishing schedule, and I hope the author can keep it up. Though Michael Anderle published a book a month for at least a year. I just worry that producing books as good as these, with a much going on in them will be hard to do on such a schedule.
I'm looking forward to seeing Lizzie show up and I'm looking forward to Jess meeting Danny. And to when the press finds out. And to Sarah starting to show Lizzie around and them both going to school.
One of the things I loved best is when the author explains the motives of a character. A good example is early on in a book when Sarah turns down a guy trying to pick her up. The author is careful to make sure that the reader understands that Sarah isn't being mean, but that she's proud of herself for being comfortable enough to tell someone she's gay. The author is very clear about the motivations and I enjoy how she does that. (Amazon review)