Books, Romance

I Love You Since 1892 Book Review

This year, I purchased the entire collection of this novel, and you would not believe me if I told you that I finished all five novels in only four days. When it comes to reading sequels, I’m usually stuck on the second novel, but that’s not the case with this one.

I observed too many copies of this novel at bookshops, not only in the city, and because I was curious about the plot and why other customers queued up to buy it, I gave it a go. I purchased it, and it was the first time I read a novel by a Filipino author. And, because it’s my first, I have high hopes.

Binibining Mia wrote the novel, which was published by ABS-CBN Books.

In the book series, the protagonist Carmela is a lady from the 21st century who finds herself unexpectedly in the 19th century as Carmelita Montecarlos. She is drawn to future doctor Juanito Alfonso (Marlo) as she searches for a means to return to her own time, and the two fall in love.

Despite their valiant efforts to defend what they had, the two strong-willed individuals also had to deal with painful consequences. In the midst of it all, the book will have you wondering whether Carmela will be able to return home or if Juanito would keep her trapped in the past for all time.

I had believed that this novel series would fall short of my expectations, but it has completely changed my mind. The first three chapters are really aggravating due to the main character, Carmela, but I gave her a chance and continued to read the book. I was astounded at how quickly the tale moved along since I was reading and had no idea that I had started the second volume. I had never before read a Filipino book, much less one that chronicled the history of my country. I dislike history and never listened to or read history books in elementary or high school, but this book inspired me to learn more about my ancestors. Because I felt like I knew so little about our past, this book truly helped me to appreciate how amazing our country is.

The love story was fantastic, and I couldn’t help but smile. I’m not a fan of romance books, therefore I was surprised to realize how thrilled I felt whenever the scenes mentioned Juanito and Carmelita. The way the storyline ended was the only thing that irritated me. I didn’t get the happy ending I was hoping for. You’ll feel that five novels are not enough to fully explore this novel, and I found myself yearning for more. I strongly advise Filipinos, especially teenagers, to read this book since it would inspire them to learn about our nation’s history.

I wholeheartedly, unequivocally, and outrageously urge everyone to read it, particularly teenagers.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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