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A Twist of Fate Paperback – March 5, 2012
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Has a twist of fate sent her back in time? This is a question which plagues Arianna Ward when she wakes up to find her memory in fragments, like a long forgotten dream. Everyone claims her name is Annabelle. The year is 1814 and she?s married to Captain Keldon Buchanan, a man who despises her. The more she learns about her life, the more she realizes why she?s chosen to forget it. She?s a liar and an adulteress. She doesn?t understand why she wanted to destroy her marriage when her heart tells her she belongs with Keldon. Keldon harbors his own secrets. He's the Highland Pirate and secrecy is the difference between life and death. He doesn?t trust his wife, but he finds his heart softening to the woman his wife has become. If he didn?t know better, he?d swear he's married to another woman and he?s fallen in love with her.
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The book delivered. It was mystery, humor, emotional and in my opinion, just darn good. There are people that are evil, people that forgive them and people that never let you forget what you did 50 years ago.
I don't think you have to work at forgiveness. I think that if you have to have an evil in your orbit, they give themselves away by changing or never changing their spots.
Do I like whimsical? yeah, I do. But I also like a whimsical that forces you to see a different perspective.
Arianna Ward not only travels back in time, but switches places with the mistress of a plantation, Annabelle Buchanan. This event happens before the reader can learn very much about Arianna outside of her age, occupation and single status. In her new surroundings, it doesn't take long for Arianna to discover that everyone thinks she's Annabelle and that Annabelle was a horrible person. She accepts what people are telling her, but insists that they call her Arianna. Through words and actions, she shows that the "new Annabelle" is a good person and wants to make up for her past sins. Herein lies some of the problem I had with this book. Arianna and Annabelle are caricatures. Annabelle was Eeeeeeeeeeeeevil and I half expected Arianna to have small woodland creatures frolic at her feet. She was perfect in every way and showed little to no awkwardness in her new surroundings.
The middle of the book devolves into probably one of the worst pirate adventures I've ever read. Ships are boarded without a single shot being fired. Of course Arianna stows away on her husband's ship and enters the fray armed with a slingshot. And yes, you guessed it...she takes out multiple opponents with nothing but a stone and her trusty weapon. Why did her husband, the captain, even have that in his cabin???
There is a secondary romance that served the purpose of adding pages to the book. It was sweet, but didn't further the plot.
The last third takes the reader through a historical event in which Arianna knows exactly what will happen and how it goes down. Those flashes of memory come in handy! For me, unless you had done a research paper on this event or grew up in the area, an average person wouldn't be able to recall names, dates, places and number of casualties. But by this point in the book I had already accepted Arianna's perfection and went along with it.
You may have noticed I didn't mention the hero, Keldon. He's delicious as all romance heroes must be, but he serves a one-dimensional purpose and that is to participate in love scenes. :)
"A Twist of Fate" is one of those books you finish and then delete from your kindle. It had some entertaining aspects but ultimately it's not a keeper.
This is a sweet story that really emphasizes the idea of soul mates... Overall I enjoyed it, but there were some bland parts.