Hello bloggers! Although I’d read the last two books in the Wayfarer Trilogy awhile back, I’m happy for having the opportunity to finally read the first book, The Secret Language of Women, by Nina Romano.
Set in a war during the Boxer Rebellion in China, star-crossed lovers, Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo Scimenti, an Italian sailor, meet. Because of superstition, history, and customs, Lian and Giacomo are separated yet try to find a way back to each other. Then Lian is forced into marrying a man to whom she was promised long ago. When she is forbidden from her profession as a healer, frowned upon by her unbound feet, and enduring her husband’s and in-laws’ demanding ways, Lian turns to Nushu, the women’s secret writing which expresses her hopes for the future.
When Lian realizes enough is enough, she embarks on her own quest for freedom—even if it will come with a costly price. Not only does she risk everything in hopes of reuniting with Giacomo, she learns a lot more about herself along the way and what she’s willing to endure to be happy again.
I liked Giacomo and now that I’ve read his story, the next two books made a bit more sense to me.
Lemon Blossoms, the second book in the trilogy, takes place in Italy, where Angelica Domenico resides in a blossoming lemon grove on an island governed by volcanoes and earthquakes. During an accident from her childhood, Angelica faces the importance of maintaining her purity. She begins to question it all even more after she endures the trauma of her aunt’s death during a difficult childbirth. Because of that, including her fear of intimacy, she decides she’s going to commit her life to the convent, even though her parents forbid it.
Things start to change, however, when Giacomo Scimenti stops by the family shop, leaving Angelica confused and afraid of her feelings toward him, including her future in the convent.
I liked this book, even more, especially when certain chapters mentioned some Italian recipes. I hope to, one day, visit Italy. Aside from that, it was a good story with likable characters.
The final book, In America, takes place in 1920s New York. Marcella Scimenti—the daughter of the characters in the previous book—is young, beautiful, and ambitious. The handsome neighborhood boy is in love with her, she has a large family, and she has dreams of moving to Hollywood to sing. Although her parents forbid her to pursue a singing career, Marcella is willing to stick by her own stubborn ways and do what it takes. During the economic depression, she learns the importance of friendships, promising suitors, and life as a modern working woman with certain expectations of her tradition-bound family. Later on, Marcella’s fate is tested when she learns of a devastating family secret, leaving her to choose what is really important in life.
I’m happy for having the opportunity to read this trilogy and I loved some of the helpful advice Marcella was given in the third book. It just left me thinking, “Wow. I wouldn’t have thought of it that way.” No spoilers, of course, so I’ll just encourage you to check out this wonderful trilogy.
Feel free to post your comments, of course. Happy reading!