Saturday, 25 March 2017

Gypsy Prophecy

Gypsy Prophecy

by Itay Itzhaky

3 out of 5

What would you do if your whole life was one big secret? Daniel will stop at nothing to discover the truth.
Daniel, a young woman in her 20’s, was adopted as a baby by horticulturists and raised on a flower farm on a moshav in Israel. The terms of this adoption were that she must never seek out her birthplace or her biological parents. She couldn’t help the feeling that something was missing. Daniel had this unexplainable, haunting, recurring dream of falling into the abyss. Yearning for answers to questions like why she was abandoned by her birth parents at the orphanage in Jaffa so many years ago, she longed to discover the truth. With the support of her boyfriend, Shay, she began her journey, hoping to put her mind to rest.

In their quest for the truth they come across unique and colorful characters. Nelly, a gypsy medium who Shay often consults, helps uncover Daniel’s roots, giving her the first glimpse of clarity. They follow the clues to Southern France, where a gypsy prophecy unfolds. Now it is up to Shay and Daniel to fulfill their destiny to restore the balance between good and evil amongst the gypsy community.

Passion, romance and fast paced adventure make this book impossible to put down.
An exceptional journey, filled with exciting suspense that will most definitely captivate you and leave you wanting more.

Despite a loving family, supportive partner and good prospects, Danielle feels like she can't move on with her future until she finds out about her past. Unfortunately, her past doesn't want to be found.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Despite being adopted at a young age, Danielle has grown up in Tel Aviv, happy with her simple and carefree life. But when Shai comes into her life and she realises that he may be the one, Danielle knows that she can't completely be with him if she has questions over where she came from.
Gypsy Prophecy follows her trying to uncover the secrets of her birth parents.

This is set in Israel and France in the 1980s and has a whole cast of characters with very interesting backgrounds. I did quite enjoy their stories, they felt real and gave the characters depth.

The only character that lacked that was Danielle. We're told that she's a free spirit, strong-willed etc. It's established that's she's confident with her sexuality, as she sleeps with men when she wants to, and is comfortable having flings, until she meets Shai and wants something more.
After we are introduced to her, she quickly diminishes into being a supporting character in her own story. She casually sits back and lets Shai and his male contacts uncover the truth from the orphanage. She lets Shai arrange contact with Stephane, the male head of the French gypsies.
Danielle does insist on going to Paris immediately, when she knows that she may find more answers about her parents from Stephane. She then spends days in the city, sight-seeing and enjoying what Paris has to offer; and it's only when Shai turns up that they make any progress.
She's too much of a shadow with no ambition, or drive to solve her own problems.

The writing is fine, but not a style that appeals to me. There's too much attention paid to the minutiae of life, time which could have been spent giving Danielle more spark.

It's a nice story, worth checking out.

((Note to the author: I would recommend correcting your synopsis on Goodreads and Amazon, it currently has your main character described as "Daniel"))

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