Illuminated (Paperback)

By Erica Orloff

Speak, 9780142413760, 256pp.

Publication Date: December 8, 2011



Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story - and hers - takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary - and that of Heloise and Abelard's ancient romance - their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can't last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

About the Author

Erica Orloff is the author of the middle-grade fantasy series "The Magickeepers, " and many contemporary romances. A native New Yorker, she is an avid Yankees fan. She currently resides in Virginia with her three youngest children and a menagerie of pets, including dogs, a cat, a parrot, a snake, and an African pygmy hedgehog. In her free time, she downloads an insane amount of music for her iPod and likes to garden. She can be reached at her website:"

Praise For Illuminated

"Orloff’s combination coming-of-age, historical mystery, ghost story, and romance satisfies on many levels." --Publishers Weekly
"A great read for those who enjoy historical love stories. In addition, the intertwining sub-plots connect the present-day characters and events to the corresponding ancient ones in the novel. This interweaving of the two levels creates a sense of mystery and intrigue for the reader. Consequently, the author beckons you to follow Callie on her journey to the ends of the earth to seek out this sought-after manuscript." --VOYA
"The hunt for the origins of a medieval tome sets the backdrop for revelations and romance in a Boston teen’s savvy first-person tale. A beach read that might inspire an interest in history." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of romance will enjoy this layered story of young love and ancient love. . . the author keeps the reader hooked with swift spacing, and intriguing back stories." --Children's Literature