Author: Elisabeth Naughton
First published July 27, 2010
322 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780505528230 (ISBN10: 0505528231)
ZAMI: A New Spelling of My Name is a stirring memoir that takes readers on a journey through Audre Lorde’s life. From her early days growing up in Harlem to her experiences as a young woman in the late 1950s, Lorde’s story is one of resilience and self-discovery.
Throughout the book, she pays homage to the women who have influenced her the most, highlighting the crucial role they played in shaping her identity. With vivid descriptions and rich characterizations, Lorde’s writing is both engaging and illuminating.
Each page offers new insights into her life and the world around her, making ZAMI a must-read for anyone interested in the power of personal narrative.
About the Author
Elisabeth Naughton, an award-winning author, used to teach middle school science before becoming a full-time writer. She has a passion for storytelling and has written over thirty books in various genres, including romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance.
Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous award nominations, including three RITA® nominations from the Romance Writers of America. In 2017, she won the RITA® for best romantic suspense for her book, REPRESSED, which is the first book in her Deadly Secrets series.
Elisabeth’s writing has been praised for its deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion by the Chicago Tribune. Kirkus has also recognized her talent for weaving a captivating story that ensnares readers.
When she’s not writing, Elisabeth spends time with her husband and three children in their home in western Oregon, where she wrangles two cats and chases after a rambunctious Dalmatian. To learn more about Elisabeth and her books, visit her website.
Entwined by Elisabeth Naughton is an intensely emotional romance novel that explores themes of family, identity, and destiny. Naughton is a bestselling author of romantic suspense novels which makes Entwined her only pure romance novel.
The story follows the lives of twin sisters, Emma and Ashleigh, who grew up estranged from one another after a family tragedy. Emma is the good girl, always doing what’s right, and Ashleigh is the wild one who always gets into trouble.
Both of them are struggling to find their place in the world and deal with their grief over their parents’ death. They soon discover that they each have unique supernatural powers that are connected to a family curse.
Through their connection with each other and their shared ancestry, they discover that their powers can be used to defeat the curse and restore their family’s legacy. Naughton’s writing is engaging and beautiful, with vivid descriptions of the characters and settings that bring the story to life.
There is a rich historical and cultural significance to the book, as it draws on ancient Greek mythology and folklore to create its supernatural world. The character development is excellent, particularly the two twin sisters who are both flawed, complex, and relatable in their own ways.
The romance between Emma and Ashleigh is enchanting and all-consuming, and the pacing is spot on, with just the right balance of action, drama, and emotion. However, the plot structure might be predictable at times, with some twists feeling underdeveloped or unoriginal.
There are also some pacing issues where the story stalls a bit in certain parts, which can detract from the overall experience. Overall, Entwined is a captivating, beautifully written romance novel that will appeal to fans of supernatural romance and mythology.
It successfully explores the deep connections between family, love, and destiny, even if it occasionally stumbles in its execution. Naughton’s unique blend of romance, suspense, and ancient myths makes this a standout novel in a crowded genre.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a captivating and emotional read that will take them on a journey of love, loss, and self-discovery. I give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.