Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Wanda Plourde
inian Malcolm is a small town healer. Most people consider her a witch because she is different. Malcolms have magic in their blood lines and Ninian is no exception. But her grandmother used to tell her a legend as a child. Ninian doesn't know whether to believe or not, but the fear is there. She does know one thing, that if she doesn't accept who and what she is, she will die. Ninian is a very honest, straightforward and beautiful woman who has a mind of her own. The only thing she is missing is love.
ord Drogo Ives has come to oversee his estate, Wystan. Drogo brings along his misfits of a family - his brothers and a few sisters. He believes that the Ives are cursed to be unhappy in marriage because none of the family has stayed together. There are many bastards out there and none are his. Drogo has a very scientific mind and is very serious and logical when it comes to problems. He wants to fix everybody's life but his own.
inian and Drogo meet, and both their worlds are turned upside-down. He has no time for her strange legends, while she is overcome by the magic he brings to her. They cannot resist. They are thrown together by some really bad events, by people and nature. Together, they must learn to believe in each other or they are doomed.
ery enjoyable read, especially the humor in the dialogue. I love a book that can make me smile while I am reading and this was one of them. I felt for the couple as they went through the trouble of learning about each other. People can relate as they read even though it's in a different time frame. It just goes to prove that the same problems existed then. Romance between opposites offers a fun and an emotional ride.
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