It took me a little longer to get this out to you this week, as we spent the weekend with the family at the seaside. We had wonderful weather, and I was able to get some great reading done. Here is a truly enjoyable read I’d love to share with you all!
Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and rejection. Forced out of her village, she journeys to far away Tallinyne in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in. Thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined where she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.
This book was a little slow in the beginning, and I couldn’t quite imagine where Miss Holmes was going with this. It also threw me off to have very many fairytales mixed up into one tale, and jumbled about.
But soon the book grabbed my attention and I found it hard to let go. Arielle was a very enjoyable character. She is truly a very amazing young girl, not at all aware of the fine qualities she possesses. Naturally Christian is drawn to her, and sparks fly, literally 🙂
I loved escaping to this wonderful place of make belief, faeries and magic. A place true miracles can happen, if you just believe.
Once again Miss Holmes gives you a tale completely developed, well executed, and a read that does stand out from most books in its’ kind. The supporting cast in this book adds a very nice depth to the whole tale, and makes me eagerly look forward to the sequel in this series!
About the Author
Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children’s literature.
Her first novel, COUNTING STARS (Covenant Communications 2007), won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. The sequel, a romantic suspense titled, ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN (Covenant 2009), was a Whitney finalist, as was her first historical romance, CAPTIVE HEART (Covenant 2011). MY LUCKY STARS (Covenant 2012) completed the Stars series.
In October 2014 Michele launched the Hearthfire historical romance line with the publication of SAVING GRACE (Mirror Press 2014). The companion novel, LOVING HELEN (Mirror Press 2015) was released in February 2015. A third book about this same family, MARRYING CHRISTOPHER, will be published in summer 2015, with another historical to follow later this year.
Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over fifteen years and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.
When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear, in a house with a wonderful view of the mountains. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Facebook and twitter.