The Absence of Evelyn ~by Jackie Townsend

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Newly divorced Rhonda, haunted by her sister Evelyn’s ghost, travels to an old palazzo in Rome to confront Marco, the man who stole her sister’s heart–only to find out he’s vanished in the wake of Evelyn’s death. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s nineteen-year-old daughter Olivia, adopted by Rhonda at birth, travels to the mysterious and lush waters of northern Vietnam, where she’s been summoned by the missing Marco–a man she only knows from her parents’ whispers, a man she has never met or seen. Soon, truths are exposed and lives unraveled, and the real journey begins. Four lives in all, spanning three continents, are now bound together in an unfathomable way–and they tell a powerful story about love in all its incarnations, filial and amorous, healing and destructive. 

I enjoyed reading this book. It’s good solid women’s fiction that takes the reader for  a ride as Olivia and Rhonda embark on their separate private journeys for answers about Evelyn. I appreciated that they were both strong women and that they selfishly chose to take these trips.  Their intricacies kept me engaged, wanting to know how their stories would unfold and which secrets would be revealed to whom and when.  And the exotic locales were a treat.  I’ve never traveled beyond North America so reading about the landscapes and people of these other countries added a splash of excitement.  I think this book would make a great “beach read”. It’s engaging and entertaining with just the right amount of mystery and scandal.

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Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


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