Married as a girl, Lahsin Yew decides to run away from her abusive older husband to find a new life on her terms. She's about to enter her Second Passage, which is when her HeartMate will be revealed. She meets Tinne Holly, who must hide that he's her HeartMate. But when the truth is revealed, can she forgive his deception and learn to trust in her destiny?
©2008 Robin D. Owens (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I've njoyed the Celta heart stories. The author builds an interesting world, the emotions and circumstances of the characters are complex and realistic enough and the touch of magic is creative. The logic of the stories holds up and the world from story to story seems consistent. This particular story exposes domestic abuse and how this world as well as our own seems to look the other way. The heroine is very young and she seems to mature in a realistic way; the hero is also maturing and in a similar way. So, the story was interesting and satisfying. The difficulty for me was the narration. The narrator has a pleasing voice and if he had just used that voice without going into dialect, I would have enjoyed it more. It was jarring to hear an Asian dialect, a Scots dialect, etc when these folks have been on Celta for over 400 years. Why would they still be speaking in dialect? It wasn't logical to me and detracted enormously from my enjoyment of the reading. Here's hoping he tones it down in successive readings.
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