Annabel Maria Hoddington is a young woman of high stature on the approach of her 18th birthday. Betrothed to a young man of similar high stature, she is on her way to meet him for the first time when we join her story. She is beautiful, wealthy, spoiled, and rude. On route to meet the man to whom she has been matched, she is kidnapped and forced into captivity. Experiencing a world she never knew existed, a life of poverty and violence, we see Annabel begin to change.
The characters in the book are captivating. I found myself not only falling for Annabel, but also the characters she finds herself surrounded by in the village. Rebecca M. Gibson has created a world of such dark and light contrast, reflected in the characters themselves as well as the very different worlds of class that Annabel finds herself in. Gibson has a beautiful way of describing which really transports the reader to the situation. I found myself really almost being able to feel the fabrics touching their skins, being able to smell the smells, or feel the rough calloused fingers of the characters on my own skin. The story takes many twists and turns, and a times an overwhelming sense of brutality both physically and mentally. The story made my heart ache, and also sing with joy in the same chapter.
Diamonds Fall is a page turner, I read this book in just 3 days. It is not the genre of book I would normally find myself picking up. I am not one to usually be drawn to period pieces, and certainly not romances, however I was really captivated by this novel. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a tale of personal discovery and development set it a world where your class and stature means everything.
I very kindly received this book free of charge in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.