Artifact – My Review!!
Some time back, I read my first book by KT Bowes. I enjoyed the read, so when I had a blank spot on my TBR list, I thought I’d try another of her books. Read on for my review of Artifact!
Synopsis (from the author): The ancient church in a sleepy English town releases its secrets to historian, Lara, whispering tales of depraved humanity and the murder of innocent men.
But Lara has troubles of her own, arriving in the town emotionally bruised from a devastating experience in New Zealand and two precious Maori artifacts stolen from her employer.
Struggling to deal with the spectre of guilt which haunts her, Lara tries to begin again, finding work at the local museum and friendship with her new neighbours; Kerry, an eccentric primary school teacher and Arama, a handsome but hostile businessman. Lara’s painstaking work restoring treasures recently discovered in the town’s iconic church cause her to reflect on her own life and seek redemption and hope.
But life has hard lessons for Lara as she seeks to honour the past. Not everyone wants their history laid bare for all to see and some have good reason to wish it kept hidden. As Lara finally faces the owner of her stolen artifacts her secret is brought full circle and with his presence comes unexpected love.
What I liked: KT Bowes created characters easy to like and dislike. Lara engenders sympathy for her decision to take the artifacts, but comes across as a bit of a whiner at times. Arama’s arrogance put me off, but his vulnerability made me like him. Kerry was much the same. These fluctuations lent an air of authenticity to the story and Lara’s budding romance with Arama added a nice background. Lara’s job restoring the manuscripts was a great side story. Lastly, the ending tied everything together in just the right way. All told Artifact was an excellent read!
What I didn’t like: As mentioned above, Lara’s whining was on the annoying side and I could have used more on the manuscripts. Other than those minor points, not much to dislike.
Overall impression: Artifact was a good solid story. I liked the characters, enjoyed the story, and appreciated the interweaving of history as the common thread. I would recommend this one to readers who enjoy romance and a bit of history!
My rating: 5 Stars
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