Twixt (Enchanted Outlaw Series) (Volume 1)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I couldn't put it down. I'm pretty picky when it comes to romance. I like to see well developed characters and a story line that isn't a cookie cutter copy of other romances, and this book has it all. It has a lyrical quality that really creates a world you can see and feel. The lead character, Rose, is delightfully flawed, real and down to earth. She struggles with the same issues we all do in life, sometimes wondering if she's completely making a mess of things. But what I really love is that you get to see her grow and make some hard decisions. This book is full of fun and interesting characters, has a charm that is truly compelling, and makes you believe in magic. If you're a fan of modern fairytales, like the show "Once Upon A Time", then you will be delighted by this book. If you've never tried a modern fairytale, then I urge you to make this your first. You won't be disappointed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
First of all... I want to be one of the good people!
Now, you may think you know what that means... but you're wrong. Unless of course you've read TWIXT!

I'm a dreamer. I believe in dreams and the messages they bring... and Diane has opened a whole new world for us dreamers. A world that is TWIXT, where good people dwell!

The problem is... we must live in the real world with it's all too real issues. Abuse, poverty, divorce, treachery and evil to name a few. How we deal with what's thrown our way could in fact, dictate the future. Unless you're a dreamer.

Rose is blessed. It may not seem like it because she feels lost and a world of woe has been dumped on her. But "dreams are the songs our souls sing to find their way home" and it's time for her to believe.

I LOVED this book! Diane is an artist with words, and she painted images of life that touched me deeply. I wanted to shout "get your magic on girl" and watch Rose bloom! It was wonderful...

TWIXT is a marvelous combination of real life & magic. A perfect recipe.
Thank you Diane!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
Wow, what an exquisite fantasy to come across amongst all the teen angst and sparkling vampires around today!

Diane J. Reed has created a perfect story for her first novel. It's hard to truly categorize this epic love story. It's certainly a beautiful romance, an exciting fantasy, and could even be considered an adventurous western. I love the combination of genres, it's a the perfect recipe for drawing in the reader. From our travel back in time to discover the fascinating history of the O'Dannan curse, to the modern day literal "fairytale" with a western twist, I can't imagine any reader putting this book down until they know exactly how the story is going to end.

For anyone with children, Reed has really captured the beautiful relationship between a mother and a daughter. As the reader, you root with Ailish and Corvine, hoping they will get out of an awful situation together, you cry with Rose and Crystal, whose relationship was torn from them, and you rejoice at the even the small victories Rose regains with her daughter. Twixt captures about a million different layers of humanity within the relationships it portrays. It is such a wonderful novel to have the pleasure to read and I cannot wait to see what else this lovely author comes up with next!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but heard good things about it, so I tried it. And I am so glad that I did! While I normally don't think of myself as enjoying fantasy/magic type stories, this book is so much more than that. It really is a modern day fairy tale, but one that shows a real woman with real problems. One of the strongest points of this book is the characters. Reed has a unique gift for character development, and I was instantly drawn to Rose, her daughter Crystal, and the raven. Crystal's story is especially wonderful, and I think you can take a lot from her story if you choose to do so. Another strength of this book is the setting and descriptions are wonderfully done. This book had me looking forward to my reading time each day because I wanted to see what would happen next. I won't post any spoilers, but the story is full of surprises. I would highly recommend this book, and I'm interested to see what Reed has planned next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2012
Rose's life is a mess. Thirty, widowed, and with a traumatized child, she's run back home to Ophir Creek, Idaho to try and heal--both herself and her daughter--from her abusive husband's chaotic influence on her life. But bad pennies have a way of turning up, and O'Dannan women have a way of stumbling across them, lifetime after lifetime.

Normally, when I read books, I look for realism. Never far from my mind is the question of, "Would I do that in this situation? Or would I just pack up and get out of Dodge?" But between Diane Reed's lyrical, rich writing and Rose's deeply sympathetic story, my disbelief was so fully suspended that I half-expected to step outside my door onto green Irish shores. Rose's world is a world where the spiritual, the fae, the world of belief, is right there alongside the world that most of us perceive as "reality." This story is her spirit walk, and like all spirit walks, it changes all who are on the path.

Aiding Rose in her quest are a cast of quirky, weirdly wonderful characters that fit perfectly into the Skid Row collective of this dinky little gold-rush town, yet have unique appeal because of their redemptive potential. Rose's best friend is both the somewhat-clueless instigator into trouble, and at the same time, the wise mentor with an unerring sense of direction to bring Rose right back out of trouble. Chance Murphy, the tetched-in-the-head forest ranger and Rose's "soul guardian" has a story of his own that will move anyone with a pulse. Rose's meddling sister Laurel, Ray the town paranoid, and the host of other supporting characters are full of depth and dimension. Even the villain of the piece moves with such subtle, sophisticated menace through the landscape of Rose's redemption, you won't notice how white-knuckled your grip on the Kindle has become until your fingers cramp and you realize it's after midnight on a week night. Because time has little meaning in the spirit world.

Twixt is a true love story where the motifs of love and redemption manifest in strange, wonderful, and unexpected ways. Not the least of which is Rose's connection to her traumatized little girl. Anyone with a special needs person in their lives will recognize the anguish, hope, and frustration of trying to understand someone whose understanding of the world is different from your own, and the triumph of traveling along with Rose as she shifts her hope from charts and development milestones to her trust in her connection with her daughter.

This is not a book you race through. It should be savored. If you read it fast, you'll miss the beauty, the layers, the real magic in the story. Rose's journey is one of healing, of mending fences, not just physically or in the relationship realm, but in her own acceptance of herself, her flaws, her family, and the transformative power of love.

As a reader following vicariously this journey of Rose's, I had to stop and put the story down several times as I looked around my world and realized that I was being gently led into the realization that as a "grown-up," I had forgotten a lot about how to dream. Twixt helped me to remember.

Who will love this book: Readers of magical realism, people who love emotional journeys, people who believe in fairies, and anyone who's ever twirled around in a backyard under a brilliant sun or a full moon until they fell down, laughing and dizzy and out of breath. Or who would like to do so again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
This book has been beautifully written and I was drawn into the story by the amazingly detailed descriptions throughout. I do not usually read this kind of fantasy novel, however decided to give it a go after reading the reviews. I was definitely not disappointed.

Rose's relationships with Crystal, Laurel, Amy and Chance are surprisingly complex and wonderfully developed. Overall I completely loved this book and would highly recommend it - especially to those who are tired of reading shallow fantasy romances!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
This book really drew me in! I have to say that I am not typically a fan of "fantasy" books, but a friend of mine told me about this one so I thought I'd give it a shot. Once I got started on it I couldn't put it down! It's beautifully written so you can see the sights and colors, hear the sounds and almost smell the scents. Its fast paced story with a lot of pieces that keep you reading - I truly enjoyed it until the very end.

Lindsey Griffith - Lebanon OH
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
I loved it from the second I started reading it! I'm from Idaho and I loved that it was set just 2 hours from my home. Fantasy mixed with modern day problems, dreams, and hopes.....it was enchanting! The whole book was wonderful, and as someone else said, reminds me of Practical Magic! I'm so looking forward to Diane's next work! Thank you so much for "taking me away" in this story! I couldn't, nor did I want to, put it down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
Diane J. Reed has a rare gift for language, spinning beautiful descriptive passages throughout the book. Giving it a sense of time and place that are on occasion earthy, on occasion dreamy... ethereal and yet grounded. All the while entertaining us with a story that is, at it's heart, pure romantic fun. This is not your run of the mill romance. There are no princesses in towers, or knights on white chargers. There's a "down-on-her-luck" mom, an injured child, a sexy villain, and....... a bird. Oh, and let's not forget the fairy folk. The true beauty of this book is that it validates all of our childhood imaginings. Not only giving us permission to imagine them again, but telling us we were perhaps a bit foolish in ever having abandoned them. A fun, fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
Twixt was such a joy to read! I found myself wishing I didn't have to go to work so I could finish! Diane Reed has created a world which, from the first paragraph to the immensely touching ending, will draw you in completely. I immediately connected to Rose and the love she shared with Chance was palpable. I felt as though I was side by side with Rose on her journey, from her past to her present, as she learned to believe in herself, in love, in dreams and magic.

I highly recommend Twixt and I look forward to reading more from Diane Reed.
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