Title: The Enchanted One
Author: Lora Deeprose
Release date: November 15 2014
Publisher: World Castle Publishing, LLC
Rating: 4 Stars
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Slowly, she became aware of another much stronger sensation, a magnetic pull coming from some far off point in the fathomless sky. It resonated like a beacon, triggering in her a longing tinged with sorrow, a deep and frantic need to follow this pulse like a heartbeat calling her home.
Something wasn’t right. She felt it in her bones and the way the small hairs on the back of her neck stood up.
“She wanted to live a normal life. He wanted to end it.”
Orphaned at birth and raised in a cloistered convent, Lizzie Chambers knows nothing of her parentage; even her name comes from the pages of a book. When she is forced to leave the convent, she soon finds out life is nothing like her cherished Austen novels. Trapped in an unhappy marriage and questioning her own sanity, her only solace is her beloved flower shop, Enchanted Garden.
When her husband is killed and her store burns down, both under suspicious circumstances, Lizzie finds herself fleeing a demon she has no clue how to stop or even why it has targeted her in the first place.
But Gideon York knows. As a member of the Order of the Triple Goddess he is charged with protecting Lizzie and others like her from the dark forces seeking to destroy these rare and powerful women.
When their growing attraction tempts Gideon to break his sacred vow and Lizzie's own powers threaten her new found family in the Order, she can no longer deny her destiny. To protect the people she loves, Lizzie must find the courage to face the demon alone and risk the ultimate sacrifice . . . her life.
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Lizzie Bennet’s not having a good day. Not too far into the story, you’re going to question what is unfolding. If you love a story that has a paranormal twist, you just may want to add this to your TBR list. She just has so many unexplained things that are occurring. This is a story that lives up to its title.
The author enchants her readers by teasing - nothing is revealed too quickly. You’re left with no choice but to follow Lizzie on her journey – otherwise you’ll never see if the mystery gets solved. One thing the author does disclose is Lizzie’s vulnerability. The reader has no choice but to feel sorry for what life has dealt her. Faith seems to be a theme here. You need to have faith in yourself and even in failure – it’s how we learn. You also need to have faith that your friends will be there when you need them most.
This book is a great testament of how creative this author is. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a paranormal/urban fantasy quite like this. But the author makes everything sound so believable – the possibility that they are among us. The reader can also learn from Lizzie’s journey.
We need to get in touch with our feelings and emotions and not bury them. We may not be as “special” as Lizzie but that doesn’t mean that we can’t use some of her techniques – like meditation. This is a story to sit back and relax while you read – cuddle up with a nice warm blanket or your favorite animal.
Don’t expect sex and romance in this book – it’s an urban fantasy that any 17 and up would enjoy. The author doesn’t give the reader an HEA ending but it’s not written in stone anywhere that you have to have that type of ending. It’s not a sad ending either but I think it’s the perfect segue into the next book in the trilogy.
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Lora Deeprose – Bio:
“As a small child I dreamed of growing up to be a chestnut mare. I was terribly disappointed when I found out people couldn’t magically transform into animals but I got over it by immersing myself in the world of fairy tales and thus began my lifelong passion for reading and make-believe.”
Lora was born in the small town of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta; the middle child of five girls. In 2006, she and her eldest sister moved to a hobby farm in the remote Kootenay area of British Columbia and for five years had several country adventures which included raising chickens and goats, encounters with wildlife and wrangling the neighbour’s horses. Currently she lives in BC’s Fraser Valley in a household of women spanning two generations of family with a collection of cats and a teacup Chihuahua affectionately known as Mexican Kitty.
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