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Love Odyssey is the second installment of the Transylvanian Trilogy by Roberta Seret. It's the year 1970. Political activist Anca Rodescu escapes persecution under the Communist regime of Romania under President Nicolae Ceausescu and flees to America with her unborn child. Nineteen years later, she is a resident doctor in New York City with a daughter named Sandra, eager to study law at Yale University. Meanwhile, her former husband and Sandra's father, Petre, is still in Bucharest as Ceausescu's personal doctor. Unbeknownst to Ceausescu, Petre is part of an underground revolutionary group that seeks to depose him and form a democratic government in Romania. Meanwhile, members of the Securitate, Romania's secret police, continue to threaten Anca and Sandra in the US. As the revolution comes closer to fruition, will Anca and Petre ever reunite?
A gripping tale of love and sacrifice against the backdrop of the Romanian Revolution, Love Odyssey keeps you hooked from start to finish. Filled with romance, political intrigue, suspense, and drama, Roberta Seret's novel is devoid of a single dull moment, and you find yourself glued to the pages. The plot is well-paced, and you never see the twists and turns coming. The characters are given engaging backstories that add layers to their personalities and make them thoroughly compelling to read. Seret seamlessly incorporates actual historical events and personages into the narrative, giving the story a sense of depth that makes it all the more enjoyable. If you're a fan of historical fiction and romance novels, Love Odyssey is just the book for you.