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Julia Giardano's ordinary life changes in an instant when she feels an inner mystical force awaken. Her father tells her she's a witch, but before he can reveal the family secret behind her powers, he's murdered in cold blood.
Armed with only three clues from her father's dying breath, Julia leaves her California hometown to seek out her ancient inheritance on shores of the Mediterranean. Along her quest, Julia teams up with a handsome Russian parapsychologist. Together, they explore her budding psychic talents...and their forbidden attraction. As they travel closer to her ancestral Tuscan village and a mighty relic hidden at its heart, her father's murderer follows in close pursuit.
With time running out, Julia must fulfill her legacy before the killer claims another victim...and the gift of immortality.
The Gardens is the first book in the riveting Witches of Tuscany supernatural suspense series. If you like mysterious paranormal realms, lush international settings, and irresistible romance, then you'll love Alexis Masters' visionary thriller.
Buy The Gardens to lose yourself in a spellbinding adventure of legacy and love today!
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By Ginny Aybar-Flores on 04-24-18
Looking forward to the next one!
A very enchanting and thrilling novel about a young woman learning about her family and the powers the woman has. After the death of her father, she heads to Italy to find out more about her cultural heritage of witches. Yet, things go array and one from the past is determined to stop her. Will he? Can he? You must listen to this audiobook to find out and you will not be disappointed. I look forward to the next novel in the series.
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By Dr. Beth Hedva on 05-12-18
Fantastic Paranormal Mystery!
As a professional Clinical Parapsychologist (and psychologist) myself, I especially appreciated the character Andrei Anatolin—a former Russian Parapsychologist. . . His (and the author’s) easy knowledge on the subject was clearly well researched and well integrated into the story. The main character, Julia Giardano, depicted in great detail the upside and downside of psychic and spiritual awakenings. Julia’s psychic development, growth of awareness and increasing psychic skills are like those I have personally experienced and also witnessed in my clients. Because of that, this story will be very confirming for anyone who is a natural empath dealing with telepathic imprints, clairvoyant impressions, past-life memory bleed through or natural healing abilities. I will recommend it to some of my clients for that reason alone.
The Gardens is wrapped around a mysterious ancient relic that dates back to pre-history’s Goddess worshipers. Julia Giardino must find and claim her ‘legacy’ ...before an evil, former KGB agent, Danilenko, finds it and usurps its powers.
If you like Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris books (like the Adapt series) you will love the Gardens. This book is full of secret societies, good versus evil self-serving power mongers...only instead of Christian Knights Templar, Scottish Rites and Masons and German throwbacks—this good versus evil battle is between a hidden ‘Alliance’ led by the mysterious Madam Racine, and a group of Tuscan Strega (Italian for Witches) versus a rogue, power hungry Danilenko seeking immortality; and the innocent, unsuspecting Julia Girardano, who discovers she is the lineage bearer of an ancient Etruscan-Goddess.
Replete with ancient Europe’s pre-Christian sacred sexual ritual practices, Alexis Masters’ well paced story-telling leaves no doubt that love and power are both to be transformed—and that ‘love’ is so much more than our objectified Hollywood notions. Julia’s magnetism, beauty and charm seem to reveal her to be Aphrodite incarnate. The story exposes you to so many expressions of love it will make your head spin—distinguishing erotic magnetism from lust, from platonic love, from agape, and friendship, family love and humanitarian love with loyalty to group and a cause...plus....(of course), passionate sexual love, which is built on an erotic tension that includes and goes way beyond mere romantic notions. Pretty amazing that Masters got all that into one novel. It really describes the power of ancient Goddess cultures perspectives on love. Another example of the author’s obvious depth of knowledge and research masterfully woven into the story.
As for the audio-reader: Claire Calverley was outstanding—easily sliding between a variety of accents (British and American English, Italian, French , and Russian). I found the voices chosen for the two protagonists, Julia and Andrei, took a little getting used to for me—but not so much so that it distracted from the listening.
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By Inishowen Cailin on 06-25-18
A gently paced novel
The best thing about this book is the history and descriptions of Tuscany and mythology of witches. I love all things to do with Italy so I found this aspect of the book to be very enjoyable. The writer is obviously very knowledgeable about her subject area.
I was disappointed in the story. I didn't like the prologue as it was quite technical and to do with ancient history. After that I got into the story quite well. I enjoyed the early chapters where Julia was discovering her ancestry. However, by mid point in the novel I got bored. The story wasn't going anywhere and it was very dragged out. I put the book down at this point to pick it up again at a later date. The book lacked suspense and excitement which was why I felt the need to stop and read something different half way through. It was just too long for a story that wasn't developing fast enough to hold my attention.
This is a gently paced story and very interesting but it is just too slow for me.
I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.