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One Magic Moment (Jove Paranormal Romance) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2011
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So after reading and enjoying One Enchanted Evening, I was excited to read John's story. He was the mysterious double to Montgomery, in being his twin. They were pretty much always together, the times they are mentioned. But Montgomery was the more outspoken of the two, so you feel like you know him better. That leaves John as the strong, silent type. All that we really knew about it him was that he was there and then he just disappeared. Well in One Magic Moment, we get to see what happened to him.
Tess, Pippa's sister, is still living and working at Sedgwick castle as when we left her in OEE. She has a PhD in medieval studies, and she enjoys creating that world for events that she holds there as well as the lectures she gives on occasion. She is greatly grieving for the loss of her sister; knowing that Pippa is happy and in love doesn't quite take away the sting of someone being gone from your life.
On a trip into town, Tess swipes off another side mirror.Read more ›
But. There was no character development. John is taciturn,and that's about it. Tess is alternatively assertive and independent or on the verge of helpless tears. (make up your mind, honey). Stilted narrative such as "she stood there and shook" doesn't exactly reach out and grab the reader--not to mention, we've had an awful lot of weeping heroines in the last few offerings in this series. (does anyone actually *say* "watch it, buster" or "I think I'm losing it" in real conversation?? Both of those have appeared in at least the last three books; I don't know if Kurland is taking shortcuts or if her editor is, but those phrases are becoming tiresome.)
There's no plot development. The first 150 pages acould have been condensed to a third of that. The reasons why Tess wouldn't tell John that she knew his brother in another time are vague and pointless. It would make sense for a while, but the she-knows-he-knows-but-no-one's-telling dance is also becoming trite. There are enticing hints of Robert Cameron and Jamie MacLeod, but they're only mentioned as if they're being checked off a list somehow. It's hard to summon any sense of urgency as a reader when the writer doesn't seem interested, either.Read more ›
The characters were just okay for me, but not that engaging. Dragging in every major character from the series gave the book a grand finale feeling, which for me it is. Was this book was something she had to write but is no longer really into herself anymore, and then the book was given little editorial attention to detail by the publishers? Her editor did not seem to be really into romance, time travel, British Regency/Victorian genres or continuity issues in such a convoluted book.
I bought this because I have really enjoyed her books in the past, but her work will no longer be an automatic buy for me. I hate it when that happens.
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Keep them coming Lynn and hopefully I know if a new book is out as I have read them allPublished 13 days ago by Diane Cawlfield
Tess spent the entire book weeping over her sister. How did she stop crying enough to fall in love? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorites. If you love Kurland, this addition is breathtaking. I'm still waiting for Robin to travel to the future, but I'm thrilled to see John's story finally.Published 2 months ago by Tammy Claeson
I have enjoyed all of Lynn Kurlands books. Please keep writing. She is my favorite author. Thanks firstname.lastname@example.org.Published 3 months ago by marylene bivens
I haven't read a Kurland book I haven't loved!! Her characters come alive and leave you breathless. They make you wish there are still chivalrous knights in this world.Published 10 months ago by Sandi Ruotsi
Great book but then I think all of her books are great. I also like the people in one book often carries over to the next.Published 10 months ago by Verna Church