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Traci E. Hall
Magical medieval paranormal
descended from Queen Boadicea, the Warrior Queen, Celestia Montehue
looks nothing like her sisters. Petite and blond, she shares only
the gift of healing with the string line of women. When Sir Petyr
arrives with a missive from Baron Peregrine to announce the marriage of
eldest daughter Celestia, her heart sinks as if she had been handed a
death sentence. A marriage without love would cause her healing
gifts to wither and die. Nicholas Le Blanc is a tortured man bent
on revenge. Raised in a monastery and convinced his birth must
have been illegitimate, he trained as a knight under Baron
Peregrine. During a crusade, he is ordered to guard a sacred
relic but an ambush leads to the death of all his men and the loss of
the relic. Captured and tortured, he does the unthinkable to
escape. Guilt haunts him many times over. A quest to take
revenge on the man who fathered him obsesses him. Can Celestia
and love heal his soul? As Celestia finds herself falling in love
with her husband, the possibility for true love seems even more
precarious as ghosts, a curse and murder threaten to doom their
love. Can the magic of love truly heal all?
LOVE'S MAGIC, medieval history, magic, mystery, adventure and romance
all combine to make a riveting tale impossible to put down.
Although no longer a captive in the Saracen desert, Nicholas Le Blanc
is held captive by the nightmares of his dark soul. Alienated
from others by his haunted memories, he is unable to love. He
keeps his heart under the strictest guard. Nicholas is a man of
honor and duty, but such noble attributes turned inwardly also might
lead to his destruction. Celestia has a heart of gold.
Although she may be petite in comparison to her sisters, she has a
boldness of spirit. Although innocent, she is not naive.
She has the gifts and knowledge of a healer but will her touch mark her
as a heretical witch? Celestia is the ultimate healer on this
dark pilgrimage of revenge, a woman willing to risk everything for
love. Not only must they battle inner demons, but also the
two must uncover all the twisted threads of family and political
intrigue that threaten the possibility of love.
this medieval romantic adventure, Traci E. Hall creates a wonderful
pacing in plot as she intertwines romance and adventure. Written
in a flowing easy-to-read style, the tale is not simplistic. Traci E.
Hall brings psychological depth to her portrayal of the hero without
letting it bog down the story. Traci E. Hall creates a perfect
mix of action, emotion and inner look into her characters.
Secondary characters bring a richness to this story. The
Christian spirituality and magic creates a wonderfully medieval
atmosphere to this fairy tale adventure. Even if a reader guesses
some of the connections, the final unraveling of the mystery gives
presents several exciting surprises. Above all, LOVE'S MAGIC is a
medieval romance for the reader who wants to get lost in the magic of
the story. Kudos to Traci E. Hall and Medallion Press for bucking
the trend of the ever shrinking romance. LOVE'S MAGIC creates
such intriguing characters and adventures that this reader was most
thankful for a page count determined by the story rather than the other
way around. If you love magical medieval romances, Traci E. Hall
is a must read!
Medallion Press (June 2008)
While her sisters are tall and beautiful,
Celestia Montehue is the
misfit in a royal family—petite, with one green and one blue eye. The
only thing she has in common with her ancestors is her magical healing
ability. Fearing no one will ever accept her, she vows never to marry.
Nicholas Le Blanc is
a haunted man. Though trained as a knight, his
childhood has convinced him he is a bastard. He is captured while on
crusade and eventually forced to kill for his freedom. An arranged
marriage between the two does not bode happiness, nor does
new home—a broken-down keep haunted by the ghost of Nicholas'
Soon a curse is set upon them, and they must decide if their love will
save them or, ultimately, doom them.