I have been lax with posting new content on the blog lately, because I have finally begun novel #3 in earnest. I always like to get a good start on a new project for a couple of reasons. First, with my hectic homelife I never know when things will go from running smoothly to running amok. I like to take advantage of the quiet time while I have it. Secondly, my desire, inspiration, and ability to write came on so suddenly that I never know when it will be taken away. I would like to take full advantage of that, also. So please bear with me in the creativity (or lack thereof) department while I pour it all into my WIP, which indeed turned out to be the story set in post-Civil War Manhattan. It is a Pygmalion/My Fair Lady type of story with a twist!
In the meantime I wanted to post the latest review of El Rey, because I think the attitude of this reader before beginning the book represents the majority. Most people are hesitant to read anything set in an out-of-the-ordinary location, but my books focus on the characters. Everything else is there to support their stories. After all, aside from the title the book is not written in Spanish or Portuguese, but in English!
When I received this book in turn for an honest review, I wasn’t sure it was going to captivate me, since I was unfamiliar with the European histories of this era. Having already read The Welsh Healer by this author and thoroughly enjoying that initial ride, though, one day I gave El Rey a shot and I’m so happy I did.
After finishing El Rey, I felt emotionally richer for reading it, because captivate me it did! Though I posessed no historical background regarding Iberia or Portugal, I found myself looking forward to learning more of the histories woven throughout this terrific family saga peppered with hope, strife, and life or death situations throughout befalling her beloved characters. In short, I fell completely in love with El Rey.
I also loved how Ms. Myrick gave background history for each of her characters when it was appropriate to do so. This technique is crucial to having a well-informed reader who isn’t left second guessing the who, what , where, or whens. It also paves the way for a well rounded story, so a reader isn’t left wondering how the characters got to where they are in the present.
El Rey is also a love story between two souls lasting for decades. One is a young girl, not yet 12 years old, who happens to fall in love with the dashing sea captain known as El Rey. Their souls intermingle as well as their hearts, but since I never read and tell, nor do I do spoiler alerts, I will simply leave you with this: Enjoy El Rey on its own merit, because it’s a fabulous saga that’s extremely well crafted and meticulously researched. Kudos, Ms. Merick, you’ve done it again!