True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. . . .
On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.
Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town's founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.
Part historical novel, part supernatural page-turner, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption. Excerpt from S&S Canada’s
I found The Taker to be quite interesting. I normally don’t read historical novels but the synopsis of the book caught my attention so I figured I should give historical novels a chance.
I liked how we are first introduced to Luke who is a doctor in the modern day world in St. Andrews. We then meet Lanny and get sucked into her past. We get to experience Lanny’s life from a teen to an adult and the challenges she has to overcome. Lanny doesn’t come off a bit of a love sick puppy dog but I think it fits with the story well and she can still hold her own.
Another part of the story I enjoyed was when Lanny gets sucks into the past of a Lord Adair who we meet in Boston. I found his history to be quite interesting and I like how Alma connected everyone's past together.
As much as I hated Lanny’s “love sick puppy dogness”, she is still one of my favourite characters in the book. I think its mostly because Alma wrote her so well that you felt Lanny’s pain or joy. Jonathan bugs me! He is soo freaking blind I want to smack him across the head. If only he would have manned up a bit Lanny would have been off.
There are several sex scenes in the story, they don’t go into a lot of detail but not all scenes are consensual. I don’t suggest it to younger readers, definitely an adult book.
Special thank to Anneliese from S&S Canada for sending me a review copy.
4 out of 5
Pages: 448 pages
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada