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When Fate Dictates
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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More About the Author
Her primary education was delivered by Nuns from the monastery in which she was born. Through secondary school into adulthood, Elizabeth's life centered on a love of music, reading, writing and history.
After Elizabeth married she settled in the UK with her husband. She has worked at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in England, Nottingham Social Services in England and is currently a Director of an IT Project Management Consultancy.
Elizabeth lives in the city of York, England with her husband and children. She spends her spare time with her head in a book or her fingers on the keyboard writing one.
Elizabeth Marshall has written the novel 'When Fate Dictates' and three short stories in the 'Beyond Time' series, 'Haunting Grace', 'Changing Grace' and 'Saving Grace' and is a regular contributor on www.goodreads.com/author/show/5051445.Elizabeth_Marshall .
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Top Customer Reviews
I've been reading time travel Romance for many, many years and I think this was one of the worst books I've ever read. First of all, the characters talk as if they're from 21st century America, not 17th century Scotand, even to using slang terms. Simon asks Corran to marry him but there's nothing about the wedding. They're suddenly just married - for quite awhile it seems.
Second, they got around in the future way too easily. Then there's Simon immediately becoming addicted to TV instead of being a bit frightened and wary of it, as one would expect.
Then there's the ending, which I won't reveal. But it was just ridiculous in my book and appeared to be quite rushed. Half the time, this story, jumping around all over the place, just didn't pass the "suspension" test. I'm glad I only paid .99 cents for it but I think even that was too much. I bought 2 others but won't be reading them now.
I wish I could give it less than a 1 but, since I can't, I guess a 1 will have to do.
Elizabeth Marshall captures the innocence of love and sets it free to find its way through twists and turns in the wake of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan of Glencoe at the hands of Campbell clan.
Corran, a young, beautiful MacDonald is forced to come to terms with the events that have come to pass in the bloody aftermath and reveals incredible strength and capability that only challenges can bring forth. Corran and Simon, a Campbell of Glenlyon, bridge the gap between their clans, determined to forge ahead towards a new life, with trials at every turn.
When Fate Dictates carries the reader through innocence lost all the way to true wisdom and knowledge, but not without quite a few surprises along the way!
Bravo to Elizabeth Marshall for a novel well done! Her word painting allowed me a glimpse into a world I might have never known...
Here are my reasons for giving the book a solid 5 star rating.
1. It's emotionally raw. I'm not quite sure how Elizabeth does it, but the events in the book scratched my soul from the first chapters. Yes, there's gore and death, and there's an innocent and defenseless maiden, and a rough brute; but it wasn't just that. The quality of writing is such that the emotions came through and touched me.
2. It's dreamy yet specific. It's probably just me, but I like dreamy, thoughtful writing; I love being taken by my hand and shown what the characters see and how they feel. This book delivered just this. It also delivered a well-researched and appropriately detailed historical setting. I gained new insights into the national characters that I had completely missed in my 2 years living in England.
3. It's romantic. I was a little concerned in the beginning that I got myself into reading a "girly" book (nothing wrong with that, of course, but I normally stay away from them), but soon I realized the book had much more to offer than what its cover might suggest. It does have historical romance; but it also has bar brawls, assignation attempts, rebellion, mystery and time travel. All that is presented in a pragmatic, no-nonsense way. I loved it, and began liking the characters even more for all the trouble they had to go through.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the way historical truths were written into a very good adventure/fantasy story.
Beautiful young Corran MacDonald, escapes death, when the Campbell clan massacre... Read more
I feel it's rather slow reading. Maybe it will get better as I'm reading deeper into the pages.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book was good, but didn't feel I could give it 5 stars. It was pretty predictable. But was enjoyable.Published 12 months ago by Karen Shelton
I really enjoyed this book. The author kept me interested all the way through. The characters were amazing in their journey.Published 16 months ago by Carol J. Knighten
The story has too many flaws to count. Short introduction of main characters do not give enough background. About 1/2 way through immortality is hatched. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CB
It took a bit to get into the story but that could have been mood. Use your imagination and read it for fun, not depth or logic ... just have some fun.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Characters weren't consistent, story jumped ALL over the place with no rhyme or reason...I kept thinking it would get better because of the positive rating it received but it NEVER... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pam