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Moonshadows by Melinda Hammond

I was eager to read this book as soon as it was released. Here is the synopsis:

Right man, wrong century?

Feeling trapped between an attraction to her rich, handsome boss and loyalty to her penniless boyfriend, Jessica “Jez” Skelton hopes a visit to her aunt’s house will clear her head. Instead, a box of inherited letters raises the dust of the past—and clouds her present even more.

The eighteenth century letters resurrect the tragic love story of Sarah, a woman who was mysteriously erased from the family history. A woman whose love for a rich and powerful lord forms a disturbing parallel to Jez’s life. Is it a warning not to succumb to her boss—or risk suffering the same unhappy fate?

Piers Cordeaux knows his advances are forcing Jez into a corner, but he can’t seem to help himself. Something about her reaches deep inside him, awakening needs that all his money can’t satisfy. He can’t shake the conviction that they are meant for each other.

As Jez tries to ignore her growing attraction to Piers, she is drawn deeper into her ancestor’s desperate story. And she begins to wonder if her connection to Piers is an accident…or the work of a ghost whose determination to claim his lady reaches across two centuries of time.

Well what can I say? Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Why can’t mainstream publishers release more stuff like this? It was such a nice change, well-written, page turning (or the ebook equivalent of page turning). It had everything, a simple yet enthralling storyline, great characters you really cared about and a lovely ending.

I love historical fiction (it had that), I love modern fiction (it had that too)…On the publishers website here, it categorisies it as a paranormal romance. I wouldn’t call it *that* paranormal (not that I’m an expert). Anyway, if you a reader who isn’t sure about paranormal books – don’t be put off by that label.

I loved the way Piers chased Jez, and the historical paralelled story worked really well along side it and was very moving. There were eerie bits that were enthralling. It was a bit like Cinderella meets the ghost of christmas past.

I would say more, but I would have to be more specific and I don’t want to give the story away – you’ll have to discover it yourself by reading it!

Well done Melinda, a great book. Hope you do more like this.

Rating 9.5/10

2 comments September 5, 2008

A Rational Romance by Melinda Hammond

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This book I had to get from a neighbouring county’s library service again as my own county did not have it. Shame because I enjoyed reading this book.

The story is a regency and starts off in the midst of a gambling table. Then, soon after the plot takes a swift turn and the heroine (Rose) finds herself in the power of Elliot (the hero). However, Elliot is an honourable man and soon takes Rose under his wing.

This book was very readable, and what I particularly like about Melinda’s writing is that though her writing is not the most flowery or descriptive, she quickly pulls you in and her dialogue is excellent. Before you know it, you are half way through the book!

This is not my favourite Melinda Hammond book (that is still Dance for a Diamond) but this is still a very good read. I thought the heroine was a little too weepy (and perhaps dare I say, “needy”) in this. But she proved herself later on. The story took quite a few surprising twists, so as to keep me guessing.

There are a few very touching scenes, and lines between the hero and heroine- won’t spoil it for you by telling you, you’ll have to find out yourself! But I this book is a great way to while away a few hours. I admire touching scenes much more than cliched romance. Well done.

Rating 8/10

2 comments March 16, 2008

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