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Twice Upon A Time (The Black Angel Book Series 1) Kindle Edition
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^^^ This was my first thought when I finished Twice Upon a Time, the debut novel by author Hope Irving. I have to admit, paranormal romance is not something I normally read. I was hesitant to start this at first and it took me a small amount of time to get into the story because it is so different than what I normally read. The writing is so detailed and brilliant, and I quickly became familiarized with terminology that's used in paranormal romances.
I'm SO GLAD I gave this book a chance. I fell in love with the characters and the story has so many twists and turns.
Morgann and Deirdre first meet in the 8th century. Morgann has an undeniable attraction to Deirdre. He can't control how he feels about her and even though he's made a vow of celibacy, he breaks that vow with her, which is unheard of at this time. Without giving too much away, Deirdre and Morgann are torn apart, but not before Deirdre cast a spell for their souls to reunite one day.
Come to modern day and Morgann is now Virgil and he remembers his past and is searching for Deirdre, his soul mate, except he doesn’t know where to look for her. When he finally finds her he's conflicted on telling her about their past life together.
Twice Upon a Time is a captivating love story with supernatural elements and one hell of a character plot twist (seriously!). I was spellbound by this story and could not put it down. Hope Irving has set the bar for paranormal romance and I can't wait to read what she writes next.
Twice upon a time, their souls are in the bodies of Virgil, a calligrapher, and Rose, who on summer vacation, takes his calligraphy class. Rose is depressed from a break-up and ready for a summer fling.
Virgil is well aware of who he is and believes Rose may be his Deidre. He is dying to tell her but he has to be patient — like he is with calligraphy — in order to not scare her away. He also has to endure Rose’s games and her attempts to make him jealous. But how can he convince her when she doesn’t believe in fate? And what if he’s wrong? Maybe Rose isn’t his Deidre, after all…
I absolutely love how this novel is based on an urban legend that the author created herself! (I think; I couldn’t find an urban legend about a monk and a witch and a coveted book anywhere online.) I was intrigued by the star-crossed lovers theme and was eager to turn the pages to see how this story would play out.
This novel was more of a new adult, mythology romance than a paranormal romance or urban fantasy. I say this because Rose isn’t aware of her past nor her destiny and the setting is in Massachusetts which is otherwise ordinary. There are no roaming supernatural creatures, etc., and with the exception of the chapters told through Virgil’s POV, this story reads as a contemporary romance. Of course, the reader knows otherwise because of Virgil.🙂
I do wish their life before was elaborated on more because I really found the legend fascinating. Since this is a series, I’m hoping that just maybe there will be a book about Morgann and Deidre in there somewhere — even if it’s just a novella.
Also, the new covers are beautiful. I know there have been a few changes and they just get better and better!🙂
I would recommend this story to fans of romance, myths, and legends!
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Flash forward to present day, and we meet our main character Rose who was raised in France but has family in the northeastern US. Rose had her heart ripped out by her recent boyfriend and visits her relatives in Provincetown (a liberal, artistic, inclusive coastal town) for her 22nd summer. There, she enjoys time with her American family, works in their restaurant, and is eventually encouraged to enroll in a calligraphy class by her cousin's girlfriend Tiny (who was one of my favorite characters).
The calligraphy class introduces an interesting cast of characters including the otherworldly attractive but arrogant Nathan, several female friends who follow Nathan like a lost puppy, Big Jim the gigolo (who has some pretty hilarious manscaping tips), and Virgil. Rose and Virgil have extremely strong chemistry that draws them to each other like magnets. Once Virgil realizes who Rose is, will he be able to take next the steps?
I loved watching Rose blossom from a heartbroken, depressed, downtrodden character to one that took control of her life and made the best of things. Watching her confidence grow (using both her French and American heritage) was rewarding as was learning more about each character's backstory. The historic parallels and artistic intricacies of the calligraphy helped to enrich the story.
The beginning of the story was a bit slow, but things start to snowball quickly enough and a captivating and engrossing story soon emerges. Unfortunately the book does end on a cliffhanger. The good news is that book 2 is already available and can be read on Kindle Unlimited like its predecessor.
I'm off to read it now. 😊