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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Reclamation is the opening book in the Ceiba Pentandra Series by Sophie L. Osborne, a character-driven story with strong hints of military and mystery. The reader is introduced to Laurie-Marie Gallagher, a woman with very humble origins, strong-willed and determined to succeed. Through grit, the woman who had been raised in an orphanage beats the odds to build a life of her own. Justin Vladimir may want to be on his own, but the choice for the family's rich inheritance falls on him as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather decide that he must become the proprietor of the family's billion-dollar estate. What both Laurie and Justin don't know is that they are about to become victims of a darkness from a past they have never been part of, and when dark forces come demanding payment for unsettled deals, they may stand to lose everything. And is there a way out?
I enjoyed every bit of this narrative. The author does an impeccable job in crafting the dynamics in the Vladimir family and the drama built on the idea of making Justin the next CEO of Vlad-Corps is strong and hugely entertaining. The reader is pulled into a world where the craving for wealth and power dominates the consciousness of the characters and the lead ones may have finer values. But once foundations have been destroyed, it is the honest and loyal ones who suffer the most. Justin is about to bear the brunt of actions committed over a century ago by his family. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy family drama and intrigue. It is suspenseful, deftly plotted and skillfully written. I enjoyed the fact that the dialogues are measured and that the author focuses on building compelling scenes and crafting a narrative that keeps readers engaged. Reclamation is a great achievement and a singular opening for a series, one of those books you read and absolutely want to read the next one.