The Taker

On a cold winter's night Luke meets Lanny during his shift at the hospital. She comes to him covered in blood with no marks on herself. She tries to explain why she doesn't have a mark on her. What Luke witnesses causes him to doubt everything he has ever believed in. Especially when Lanny tries to explain when she was born, from there it gets even weirder. She's being chased and for apparent reasons she can't be caught. She asks Luke for the impossible, help her escape.

Throughout the story you go back and forth between time periods. While this is necessary for the story line at times I found it confusing to follow. The heart of this story is a love story that transcends time. If you can get past the jumping from time to time you find a heartwarming story that transcends time with its tale of love lost and found again.

Book Blurb for The Taker

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. . . .

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Part historical novel, part supernatural page-turner, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 4.00