Hardyesque fantasy, hard to fathom.


Brooding first novel set in rural England.

Heavily pregnant, young Megan Capity gazes into a “swanny-pool” and sees all sorts of things: her village covered in drifts of snow, a lone, broad-shouldered horseman on a brown stallion, herself as an aged woman. . . . Will her unborn babe, the spawn of rape, prove bane or boon? Will Shiny Blackford, a village lad, love her forevermore, or will the handsome stranger heal her heart? Only time will tell, intones this first-time British author in convoluted, repetitive, generally overwrought prose. And who is the stranger anyway? Well: “The mountains whisper to you and the trees whisper to you and the birds and the bees and even Daisy and the lambs and the sheep and the deer that live in the spinney all whisper to you that his name is Nathaniel Cadwallader.” Then there’s Tom Sebley, a nettle among dandelions, the loquacious leader of the villagers, who must serve perforce as an earthy counterbalance to the mystical man on the horse. Untroubled, Nathaniel sets to work at his appointed task at the humble church. For he’s a Christlike figure, a spiritual carpenter who soon carves, for every person in the village, a talisman that expresses the truest qualities of their hidden souls. For the priest, Father Duncan, he carves something of no particular shape or substance, but we know that it signifies the Word of God. Hey, look ye well! Megan’s daughter Myfanwy has grown up in the twinkling of an eye to become a headstrong beauty, and she weds Nathaniel amid whispering and even a little muttering from those who dwell upon the sunny hills and deep within the bosky dales. Then, quicksilver, a wolf on his prey, Tom Sebley pounces on the girl and has his way with her, though she scarcely protests, and she a married woman, cluck the townsfolk in the tavern.

Hardyesque fantasy, hard to fathom.

Pub Date: April 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-452-28400-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Plume

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2003

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.


Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...


An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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