20 February 2017

The Steps


By Iveta Rēdliha

Paperback 295 page
Publisher Independently published (20th Jan 2017)
ISBN-13 978-1520539690

📕My Review

The Steps tells the story of Leonora who signs a contract purely for monetary gain to act as a surrogate to wealthy childless couple Nelly and Kurt. From that moment forwards her life becomes interwoven with theirs in ways no one could ever imagine.

The book is excellently constructed and switches seamlessly between two timelines. The reader is drawn in as secrets are slowly revealed. I enjoyed it enormously and thought the plot was put together with great skill.

Written by a Latvian author, my one slight criticism would be its translation into English. The language is slightly 'clumpy' and doesn't contain any speech marks (" "). I found it somewhat distracting but not to the extent it spoiled my reading experience. I feel with the benefit of a further proofreading this book would be deserving of a top rating.

My thanks to author Iveta Rēdliha for providing me with a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

"Shivers ran down Reyna's spine. For a moment she thought his last words were meant as a threat. The stranger's look had been so sharp and penetrating, horrifying and exciting at the same time. She embraced herself and shuddered once again. This time it was due to the pungent wind that was becoming stronger as the evening grew closer. For a while she stood there watching Lucas walk away, then finally looked away."

Bradbury is a gorgeous property that stands amidst dark secrets. One fine day a young reckless woman Leonora, driven by desire for easy money that a rich couple would offer their surrogate mother, comes to live at the mansion, unsuspecting of the paths this seemingly carefree life and lust for money will bring to.

Meanwhile, Reyna’s steady life is turned upside down the moment her mother dies in suspicious circumstances and leaves her an unknown property and dark secrets from her turbulent past. Around that time handsome yet secretive Lucas comes into Reyna’s life. At the end the truth about the young man and the horrors of his past that haunt him, not allowing him to give in to his feelings, serves a final blow to Reyna.

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