the cover and blurb, I knew this was a "fairy tale romance"; so I saved
it for a day I needed a relaxing fantasy. Yes, this was a pleasure
to read and I would recommend this “Magical Love” story.
Beauforte doesn't care about the legend --- the brambles must be removed
for him to convert Dunhelm Castle into Beaurorte Resort. As he fights his
way with shears through the brambles, he finds a secret room, and a woman
sleeping on the stone slab inside. Unable to resist the impulse,
Baird kisses her.
Aurelia wakes to a strange man kissing her and is appalled. Her last
memory is of the attack on her father’s castle (800 AD) when she pricked
her thumb on an arrow as her father approached. Where was her
father and who was this usurper in her family’s holding? When
she follows Baird to the castle she realizes she has been asleep for a
enjoyed the humor in Aurelia’s perceptions of current technology and society.
This made the story for me! I could really emphasize with the heroine
being in such strange circumstances and the story clearly presented her
thoughts on many things. Of course she believed it was magic... so
Baird must be a magician… and even more powerful than she is. His
advisor, Julian must be a priest and so she could not turn down the Chianti
he offered (and then proceeded to drink him under the table).
Baird searches for her missing father, he comes to realize -- as impossible
as it seems, she really is the Princess of local legend. He
also begins to wonder about reincarnation (yes, a plot point that I dislike;
so I will not comment more on this. It does bring the story together,
though). Aurelia uses her magic powers to bring “dreamings”
to help her understand what is happening. Unknown to her, the dreams
are shared by Baird. The evil son of Erc who was attacking her father’s
castle when she went to sleep, is also reincarnated and he and Baird clash
to bring the fulfillment of the prophecy of long ago.
all magical romances, this ends with a HEA and good triumphing over evil.
It leaves you with a smile. That is what fairy tales are for, right?
As an adult fairy tale, this story fills all the requirements for good
reading and entertaining romantic story.
Cy Korte /
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