Date: October 2004
Reviewed: Advance Review Copy
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Contemporary Romance/ Paranormal
Notes: Holiday Mentioned: Pagan Holiday of Samhain
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By Sloan St. James
Wolfe lost his three-year-old son, Conner, to a genetic disease.
Jack blames himself. In his mind, Jack is a murderer. He plans one
last visit to Ireland before killing himself.
Jack is met at the airport by
Cala McCoy. This beautiful young woman is a friend of his Aunt Kaite.
Cala will drive him to the village of Tirnageata to visit his aunt.
In Tirnageata they still follow the
old ways. They believe strongly in reincarnation. Jack has returned
in time for the Samhain celebration. Cala urgently explains the
pagan beliefs to Jack during the days before the celebration. Should
she fail to convince him of the validity of the belief, bad karma
will follow Jack into yet another lifetime.
After Jack arrives, Kaite's
neighbors come to welcome Jack. Everyone is friendly except for
Michael Donegal. He is still holding a grudge from a childhood fight
he had with Jack.
Jack sees Cala dancing with Michael
and is suddenly consumed with rage! He must kill Michael! Just as
suddenly, the rage subsides, as if it had never happened. Jack wonders
if he is losing his mind.
That night Jack has a horrible nightmare.
He awakens, trembling and drenched in sweat.
The next day Cala takes Jack
sightseeing. At a nearby castle she tells him of a brutal slaughter
that took place here. Jack shivers as she describes his dream down
to the last detail.
Some say that Tirnageata is a gateway
between the living and the dead. Jack has never believed such nonsense,
but as he begins experiencing visions, he begins to wonder.
As Jack and Cala spend more
and more time together, Michael's hatred grows. Cala is the leader
of the clan. Michael craves Cala's power. If he can find a way to
get rid of Jack, Michael will claim her as his own. Michael will
finally assume his rightful place.
Although some of the rituals
and beliefs are a little confusing, overall this is a good book.
It will be interesting to read future works by this talented new