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Lady Moonlight Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999


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Aislin Ahearn thinks she is protecting herself from a loveless marriage when she asks a crafty leprechaun to hide her and her mare from her father and fiancé. Her request is granted, but Aislin finds she has jumped from the frying pan into the fire. The leprechaun tells her she has a hundred years to find her true love or marry him instead. Trapped in the magical world of faeries and leprechauns, Aislin's predicament is complicated by the fact that she only appears as her true self during the full moon. The rest of the time, she appears as a beautiful white mare. Conlan O'Hara Sloan hates horses and doesn't believe in magic, but he is enchanted by the beautiful young woman he meets under a full moon while visiting his grandfather in Ireland. Con is a descendant of the O'Hara Aislin was supposed to wed nearly a hundred years ago. He is sixteen when he first meets Aislin and their fleeting moment's together stay with him long after he's returned home. It is years later when a fateful letter from his grandfather brings him back to Ireland to discover the truth behind the legend of Lady Moonlight. Kate Freiman has written another unique and memorable romance. The story alternates between present and past, faerie world and mortal world, but Ms. Freiman weaves all the threads together into one magical love story. The relationship between Aislin and Con is endearing and reminiscent of all first loves. Pure magic! Kate Freiman is a true gem in romance fiction! Kate Freiman will make you believe in true love and faerie magic! A wonderful tale! A delicious treat! Kate Freiman's writing is as fresh and welcome as a spring breeze! Kristina Wright -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; First Edition edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515124656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515124651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,152,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mermaid AtSea on November 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The premise of this love story is based on a mystical spell cast by a leprechaun, transforming Lady Moonlight into a white horse and binding her to marry the little man, unless she can find true love before the end of a hundred years. While I find the story's concept enticing, the Romance in the book failed to satisfy my imagination. Lady Moonlight does indeed meet her lover, however, the bulk of the book is spent detailing the heroine's trysts through fairyland with her annoying aunt and fairy friends. The lovers share FEW moments together and their dialogue is nothing more than small talk. They never discover more than each other's superficial beauty before the hundred years is nearly up. It is the book's end, however, that disappoints the most...The culmination was little more than a slapstick horserace of the hero with the silly leprechaun, and the hero's demands for the spell's undoing. COMEDIC and SILLY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trisha A. Howell on August 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The fantasy romance Lady Moonlight is a warm and affectionate look at rural Ireland. It has a whimsical air that is often fun. Unfortunately, it is marred by underdeveloped characters and a predictable and relatively uneventful plot.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Marble on May 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unlike so many authors of paranormal romance, Kate Freiman understands the world of faerie. She doesn't paint a picture of a pretty, bright world. Her faeries are shallow, selfish, flighty -- just like the faeries of legend.
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.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
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In 1899 Ireland, her "Da" sells Aisling to their neighbor as his bride. Desperate to escape, Aisling rides her horse into the woods with the two men in pursuit. Aisling meets Acorn Bittersweet, a leprechaun, who agrees to help her marry only for love. However, when you deal with creatures from the faery world, don't be surprised if there is a nasty clause in the contract. Aisling is confined to the faery world where she has a century to find true love with a mortal. In the mundane world of Homo Sapiens, she appears as a mare except when the moon is full.
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.

Harriet Klausner
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