Illusionist Stephen Elliott performs dazzling magic feats to crowded theaters around the world. In Mexico, an old woman presses an ancient Mayan relic, giving him the stone and a mysterious warning with no explanation. Stephen violates that warning and must hide his secret from the world. He's become a person no one can explain or understand. Sleight of hand becomes real magic, and moonlight becomes essential. Stephen is cursed, alone...and immortal.
From her seat in the twenty-second row, Anabel Bernier recognizes with a jolt the handsome star of the magic show. World War II and the passage of time did nothing to dim the burning memory of her moonlight encounter with the charming Stephen Elliott and his Mayan relic on the deck of the USS Hope. Finding him again twenty years later stirs up more questions than answers. Can she trust that he is telling the truth? Could the stone and moonlight have affected her too? Now their lives are inextricably entwined. If she helps Stephen, she could lose him forever.
Unexplained events, secrets, and powerful magic threaten their second chance at a future together. But how long would the future be? Minutes? Days? Years? Forever? Terrible choices could lead to unthinkable consequences for Stephen and Anabel. The mysterious Mayan relic holds the key.
©2011 Diane Wylie (P)2012 Vinspire Publishing, LLC
This is a supernatural romance of immortality – without it being a vampire story. It has magic, love, and exotic locales.
Stephen is an illusionist who is given a magical Mayan stone and a warning not to expose the stone to moonlight. Anabel is the woman he meats on a WWII hospital ship that slips through his fingers. Twenty years later, they reunite and begin their love story.
Ms. Wylie does a great job with describing the scenes, albeit in Mexico or in Mayan ruins. It is clear that this story is supposed to be about the journey Steve and Anabel take to answer the questions of the magical Mayan stone. However, I was left with questions about the stone. For example, how and when did the stone become magical? And why? Why did the woman give Stephen the stone? Why does it give immortality to one person? Why wasn’t Anabel killed when she touched the stone like others before her?
L.C. Kane does a great job with the narration. She has a great voice calming voice and was easy to listen too.
This story has magic, a love story, and exotic locales - all done well. It narration was well-done and easy to listen too.
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