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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380783002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380783007
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sent by their fairy mother from the magical world of Rush into the human world in a desperate effort to save their lives, young twins Brigit and Bridin are separated by chance and raised apart. Now, years later, the time has come for them to return to Rush; but they must pass through the enchanted portal together, and time is limited. It is this story that underlies the romance that develops between flower shop owner Brigit, who senses she's different but doesn't quite know why, and scholar Adam Reid, who is destined to help her return to Rush. Art forgery, a touch of evil, and a lot of magic combine in a sensual story that, despite an obvious but charming ending, is truly a fairy tale. Shayne (Out of This World Marriage, Silhouette, 1995) lives in central New York.-KR
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sixteen-time RITA Award nominee, New York Times Bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published 53 novels, all for major NY Publishers, in her 20 year career. So far. This past year saw the release of her trilogy, "The Portal Series" and its books include MARK OF THE WITCH, DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER, and BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS all from MIRA Books.

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Maggie has published westerns, category romances, romantic suspense, paranormal romances, urban fantasy, women's fiction, and just about everything in between. She's a winner of the RITA Award, the romance fiction industry's most prestigious prize, and has won countless others including several RT BOOK RREVIEWS "Reviewer's Choice" Awards, two RT Career Achievement Awards, the Daphne du Maurier Award, The Golden Leaf Award and numerous others.

Maggie's "Twilight" series of vampire novels, officially known as Wings in the Night, began in 1993 with TWILIGHT PHANTASIES from Silhouette Shadows. The series concluded with TWILIGHT FULFILLED in October 2011. (Printable list and reading order at the author's website and on her Facebook page.)

Besides being an author, Maggie is a Wiccan High Priestess, Reiki healer, Tarot Card Reader, unofficial Life Coach, Law of Attraction expert, advice columnist, and a licensed minister. Her long running newspaper advice column has been compiled into book form; SHAYNE ON YOU, the author's first non-fiction book. Her second, MAGICK AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, A USER'S GUIDE is a deeply spiritual primer that is changing lives.

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Maggie lives with her fiancé Lance in a tiny town called Taylor (phone exchange: Truxton, mailing address: Cincinnatus, tax map: Cuyler. Smalltown folks understand!) in New York State's little known but sprawling and gorgeous dairy farm & wine country near the Fingerlakes region. Together they have a pair of Old English Mastiffs (Dozer & Daisy,) a chubby little bulldog (Niblet), an arrogant cat (Glorificus,) a come-lately cat who thinks he's a dog (Butters) two saltwater reef aquariums (aquaria?) and a life of utter contentment and joy.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on November 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Brigit was left on the steps of the orphanage as a baby with a handmade book called "Fairytale" and a pendant. The nuns told her she was a twin but she could never find proof of a sister. At age nine she ends up living in the streets and eventually earns desparately needed cash but using her amazing ability (magical?) to forge great works of art. She escapes to the straight life when a visitor from the past threatens her into forging a painting owned by Adam. Turns out the painting was painted by the twin and is of a glen in the fairytale world. Adam had stubbled "across" as a child and knows the meaning of the picture. It was in the book and so Brigit knows what it means.
The book revolves around the growing romanced between the two as they struggle with both evil humans and their own confusion about the meaning of the painting.
It's all pretty farfetched but the book is certainly a pleasant enough read. Not a keeper for me though - no tears or belly laughs.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By AG on October 2, 2011
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My kindle rebooted while I was near finished typing my review on this. Such problems is why I have not wrote any lately but I had to encourage readers to get this for it is a steal be it free or the .99 cents it says is the norm. I purchased it when it came out years ago as a full sized paperback book for the full price of one and it is one of my «keepers», still in new condition and much loved. A beautiful cover too, so very enchanting in it'd pink background, elegant script, and if I remember right I think there was a gold web maybe. Remodeling has mine boxed in a closet atm.

This is ine of those books I always wished was made into a series. If you even like this a little, you absolutly must read the second book. The world beyond the veil Ms. Shayne takes us to in that one would make an incredible series. I think this is the book that invited me into the worlds woven by Ms. Shayne's magical fingers and I am so glad that the cover caught my attention all those years ago. for her titles take up nearly an entire shelf of mine now.

«Fairytale» is the perfect title for this book. I give it 4 stars just because I haven't read it in years. The delighted memory of it rates at a 5 though, and got me to come peck away a review when I haven't been doing them, and even retype after the reset ate my almost finished first review. That speaks for itself as one fond memory. I loved rhese two books and hope you do too.

Write a third in it, please, please!!! :D
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karyn-Anne Brown on October 13, 2011
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From the time that Bridget Malone was a very young child, an aging nun had told her she had a twin sister named Bridin. They were both found on the steps of the orphanage, wrapped in identical blankets, and each baby had her own book with her name in it and a crystal necklace. She remains a gifted artist who has overcome her shadowy past, to become the owner of a flourishing business...a florist. Now the past has come back to haunt her. She is charged to copy a painting belonging to a man named Adam Reid. After she refuses, her foster father, the man who saved her from the orphanage fire and took her in, is taken hostage to her good behavior.

For Adam, the memories, of a trip into another world when he was a child, have dimmed so much he barely believes them. When he brings the young woman into his home, he knows she is lying about something, but has no idea what it is. He shows her his painting for the first time, he can see how shocked she is. He has no idea that this is the same illustration in the book she has had since infancy.

Take a trip with two people who have a connection with the fairy world, but answers are difficult for them to come by. Evil people are set to stop them from ever finding out. Along the way, love blooms bright between them, but Adam knows the fate of the world of fairy must come first. After all, the twins' mother had warned him years before.

This was a great work of fairy fiction! The author paints intricate portraits of both the fairy and mortal worlds. The love story was finely drawn, believable, and the romantic scenes were just that...romantic. If you are looking for edge-of-your-seat action, or erotic sex scenes, this isn't the book for you. But if you are looking for a first rate novel about the fairy world, you have found it! Cudos, Ms. Shayne! This one goes on my Kindle 'keeper' shelf. Very highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gidget Girl on November 2, 2011
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This book had so much potential. I love the plot. It's just a shame that more time is spent describing the character's desire for each other than on developing that plot. I give the author credit, she thought of a lot of different words and phrases to describe these feelings. That took more imagination than I would have thought possible. I really wish she would have just used a couple sentences where a couple sentences were more than enough. Instead, these feeling of desire are described at great length at every few paragraphs. I got it already, there is a magnetic attraction between the two, so strong it defies the human definition of desire. Now can we spend some time on the story?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on October 6, 2011
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Magic, mystery, love, betrayal, and twins separated at birth. This book has it all. It does have a typical romance type plot. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Aside from that, it was a great read. It made me feel warm and toasty.
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