Love's Magic

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Love's Magic

I really enjoyed this story of how Celestia healed and tamed Nicholas. It was easy to see how apt the title was for the book - it was lovely to see how Celestia used her talents to forge a relationship with Nicholas. I did think it odd that Celestia has such low self-esteem when it seemed that her character was portrayed as such perfection. In fact, it got to be a bit grating at times, when that dichotomy over-rode suspension of belief. Either she's as perfect as she obviously is - or she's not; I felt that her constant issues with herself detracted from the story. I also felt at times that Traci E. Hall over-wrote with too many adjectives and spent too much time in the heads of her characters, but otherwise it was a pleasing read. It's definitely something to consider putting on your to-read list for a rainy day.

Book Blurb for Love's Magic

It is 1192. Celestia Montehue is the odd-eyed misfit in a family of flame-haired goddesses descended from notorious Queen Boadicea. While her sisters are tall and beautiful, she, the eldest, is blond and petite, with one green and one blue eye. The only thing she has in common with the family legend is her magical healing ability. Constantly fighting for her place among her siblings, she refuses to settle for less than her due. Coming to accept no one will ever be able to love her for who she is, she vows never to marry.

Nicholas Le Blanc is a haunted man. Though trained as a knight under the Baron Peregrine's name, his childhood in a monastery has convinced him he is a bastard. Then, on crusade, his caravan is ambushed; all men are lost and the sacred relic they carried is stolen. Nicholas is captured and suffers a year of torture, ultimately escaping . . . but only after being forced to kill a woman to win his freedom. Guilt poisons him as surely as the hidden wounds in his soul.

An arranged marriage does not bode happiness for the two tortured souls. Nor does Celestia's new home, a broken down keep-haunted by the ghost of Nicholas' mother, a suicide-and a stagnant green moat. Then a maid is murdered and a curse revealed. Worse, Celestia has fallen in love with her tormented husband. Will they both be doomed? Or is there healing, indeed, in Love's Magic?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 3.50