I just finished reading The Garden Of Love And Peril (The Last Book 2) by Bruce W. Perry.📚
The second book is placed twenty years after the first issue. The virus has mostly gone dormant, and the survivors in London are thriving. There are also first small excursions into other parts of Europe to reestablish trading routes and exchange goods. We follow the Daughter of Emma Blair from the first book, on her journey to Geneva in search of her love interest.
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I like the two-part structure with the two parallel storylines. But I’m reading this book mainly to get the main protagonist’s backstory from the first issue. I’m right now not so invested in the storyline of her daughter.
I enjoyed that part of the story took place in Switzerland. It happens so seldom that I read books that play in a location I know. It feels quite surreal – and is a welcome surprise.
Somewhere in the second half of the book, I lost interest in the story; I cannot pinpoint why this happened. But one part is certainly that I did not care for the main protagonist at all (the daughter in this case). The story does not really start fully until far into the book. Before, we have many chapters of her describing her daily life.
Towards the end, the main storyline gets interesting again. As we finally get some action – this saved the book from being abandoned. But still, as soon as we get action, the author switched to using a diary style, and we then get to witness the action after the face. Which I think takes away quite a lot of the story. And causes me to not care deeply about what is happening to them.
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