Book Review & Giveaway: The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

2016-04-27_1632On her 18th birthday, Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.


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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

The Cadence of Gypsies is a mystery full of secrets, some that are obvious and some that are surprises. 

Carolina Lovel is a teacher who is responsible for three gifted orphans at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. The girls are a handful, to say the least, but Carolina has gained their trust. She takes the girls on a trip to Italy to help her decipher the Voynich Manuscript and to try to find her birth parents.

The characters are well developed. The FIGs each have their own sad but interesting story. Carolina is refreshing in that she doesn’t judge others or overreact when she learns of secrets that have been kept from her. 

Barbara Casey’s writing flows well. I especially enjoyed reading about the gypsies. Something about them captivates many people, maybe because they don’t live by the rules?  

I definitely recommend The Cadence of Gypsies


Author’s Bio

2016-04-27_1625Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

In 2014 Barbara became a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in true crime and other cutting-edge adult nonfiction.

Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

  1. Barbara Casey April 28, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Thank you so much for your nice review. I am glad you enjoyed THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES, the first book in the F.I.G. Mystery Series. The second book–THE WISH RIDER–is scheduled for release this spring. Thank you again for hosting me and for your review.

    My best to you and your bloggers.



    • sleepygirl2 April 28, 2016 / 11:05 am

      I’m looking forward to reading the next book. I was hoping there would be more.


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