The Emerald

Book II of The Prophecy

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
265 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2020
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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Nicolai, Rosalee, and their young nine-year-old daughter, Punita, are living in a caravan and traveling the country, stopping at carnivals, fairs and shows, performing songs and dances, and offering tarot card readings. After she is attacked within the camp, Punita stays with her father's cousin to attend school, while her parents continue their travels. When her parents return six years later, they discover that Punita is in love, and they learn that the Germans have begun to search for Jews and undesirables. All of the wagons disperse and go in different directions. Punita must leave with her parents, hoping to escape the roundup. They plan to flee to Amsterdam where another cousin has said that they'll be safe. All does not go as planned, but Rosalee and Punita arrive and are invited to stay with yet another cousin. The Kota family life once again is full of change, some good, some bad, but mother and daughter make the best of their situation, missing their husband and father who did not make it onto the boat. The details will leave you crying, laughing, smiling with joy, and cursing the events of the days, but you will continue reading in spellbound fascination and interest to find out how it ends – and I will not give away any more than I already have.

The Emerald: Book II of The Prophecy by Jerena Tobiasen is the story of the Kota family saga lasting over 70 years. There is joy, sorrow, death, life, tears, and laughter and we are able to share in it all. The Emerald is a long read, but it was hard to put down and only took a few days because I read as often and as long as I could. The characters were all so real and their story matched what we know historically very accurately. This is the second book in the series. I did not read book one but at no time did I feel like I could not understand what was going on and I certainly plan to read the final book. The Emerald by Jerena Tobiasen is a book you must read.