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Sometimes it's best to forget and let go

August 01, 2006|by ADELINE CUMPATA

Review

"Unforgotten" by Kristen Heitzmann is a ravishing sequel to "Secrets" is bound to become a classic. The author's continuously captivating words strongly pull you into the story as if you were one of the characters.

This book portrays life's deception between a loving family and a wavering future. In Sonoma, Calif., Antonia Michelli is a young Italian woman with a strong spirit and a sharp, witty tongue. One night, her house is ransacked by her father's best "friend" and Antonia's worst enemy. Her childhood, her carefree happiness, and a piece of her heart die at Sonoma that day.

Antonia's family brings her to the Bronx in New York so she can try to forget those haunting memories ignited by the attack in Sonoma and her unsettling life there. However, everyone knows that the past is never forgotten. In New York, her family wants to help her heal, to unlock the secrets captured deep within the depths of Antonia's soul and mind. But she resists.

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The family knows that if she doesn't face these secrets, they would haunt her eternally. But this book's message is one of hope: that remembering and accepting the past can open doors to the future.

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