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Lady Moonlight Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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In 1899 country lass Aisling Ahearn escapes from an unwanted marriage to the hated neighboring O'Haras by accepting a crafty leprechaun's magic. Unfortunately, this traps her and her white mare Luna in the ageless fairy world for 100 years. If Aisling is unable to find her true love by the end of this time, she will be forced into marriage with the odious leprechaun. The problem is, mortals see her as her horse Luna, except during the night of the full moon, when she appears as herself.
In 1982 16-year-old Conlan Sloan O'Hara, a computer geek living in America, arrives in County Sligo to visit his cantankerous grandfather. Meeting Aisling by chance, he becomes enraptured, and the two begin developing a relationship. But Sloan doesn't believe in magic and he detests horses, while Aisling doesn't realize that he is in fact descended from the detested O'Haras who [took] all her property and wealth from her.
There are some tender moments between the couple, who three years later become lovers, break up then eventually reunite shortly before Aisling will be lost forever. The problem is Aisling is portrayed as simply a feisty but sweet Irish girl who loves horses and believes in magic, while Sloan is simply the kindly but self-doubting ambitious computer geek who refuses to believe in anything outside his idea of science.
The characters are barely developed beyond these descriptions, so it was difficult for me to take them seriously as real people and thus to really care about them.Read more ›
I also liked the way Kate Freiman handled the timelines in her story. This book could've been confusing, as it takes place during three different times (and in the eternal present of the faerie realm), but it wasn't.
If only I had liked the way she handled the romance as much. Unfortunately, the hero and heroine spend so much of the time apart.
I gave this book a C+ at All About Romance.
As the decades pass, Aisling begins to lose hope until she meets American teenager Conlan Sloan. However, Conlan abhors Eire and returns only once over the next fifteen years. In 1999, his grandfather summons him to visit him. Conlan, a self-made millionaire arrives and is informed he has a quest to make right what the family once did wrong. Meanwhile, the full moons left for Aisling are dwindling to single digits. Even with the boost of magic, love does not seem to have enough time to become permanent.
Kate Freiman scribes an enchanting tale that leaves no doubt that magic is alive and lives inside the hearts and souls of people. LADY MOONLIGHT is a fun tale that will remind readers of the movie LADYHAWKE. The story line is interesting and all the characters, even the leprechaun, seem genuine. After reading this fantasy romance, fans will lovingly state that they believe
in spoonfuls of magic in Ms. Freiman's novels.