Title: The Lover’s Path
Author: Kris Waldherr
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Amazon Rating: 4.6 (CA) / 4.6 (US) / 5.0 (UK)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“To truly love another, you must follow the lover’s path wherever it may take you…”
This was a beautiful read, both visually and intellectually. The author has gone to incredible lengths to make the story of Filamena feel like a historical record rather than a contemporary work of historical fiction. If I was not told in the author’s notes that Filamena’s story was fictional, I may have believed her to have been a real person and her story a true recollection of events that happened in 1500s Venice.
The prose was rich and vibrant, painting as detailed a picture of the story as the illustrations in the book. The small trinkets laced throughout the book in the form of letters and tarot cards tucked into envelopes was a beautiful touch and did that much more to draw the reader into Filamena’s world. Being able to touch the letters she exchanged and hold the tarot cards she owned made Filamena and her story feel real.
Romance is not typically my genre of choice, but it was difficult not to feel emotional while reading. Filamena’s tale is so rich in feeling that only a heart made of stone would be immune to both the joy and tragedy enclosed within the pages.
All in all, I can’t think of a single negative thing to say. It was visually stunning, the writing was as beautiful and heartfelt as the artwork, the letters enclosed to accompany the narrative added a tangibility to the story, and the author’s effort to go that extra mile to make Filamena a believable historical figure is to be commended. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such above-and-beyond dedication to any work of fiction I’ve read before. The Lover’s Path is a delightful treat for both the eyes and heart.
“It is love that moves me. I must follow.”