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Leah
By Dana K. Haffar
2011
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
 


Chapter 1 brings readers to the island of Puerto Franco thirty years ago, capturing attention from its very first sentence.
 
“The day Leah was swallowed up by the ocean, dusk fell at noon.”
 
Her mother Cristina is at the market with her younger son, Sebastian when the tragedy recounted in this chapter struck.
 
Chapter 2 is set in the present day, when Mar and her daughter, Lemay visit the island.  From when Mar initially sees the island as they approach it, “Her heart lurched as she watched her dream materialize before her, pleased that she had made it happen.”
 
All of the elements of this novel work: theme, plot, setting, dialogue, characterizations, and narration.  Readers will travel to Puerto Franco, meet the people, feel the emotions, and the story will absorb them right until its unexpected conclusion.