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Monday, September 28, 2009

Shadows in the Fog by Dorris Jean



Shadows in the Fog by Dorris Jean
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (28 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Primrose

Amanda yearns for adventure--to drive an automobile or ride in a flying machine--but her parents expect her to marry well. When she won’t cooperate, they order her to a mountain spa to cure her 'nervous disorder.' Unhappy and alone, Amanda watches out her window every day as a solitary stranger appears at the foot of the mountain like a shadow in the fog. Amanda knows nothing about him except she must meet him.

Iaon has his own scars from The Great War and believes he has nothing left to offer anyone. In each other, they glimpse the happiness missing from both their lives. Can they let go of the past and make a future together?

Shadows in the Fog is about two people who want to escape their pasts and find refuge in love.

Amanda has been sent to a spa for her "nervous disorder," a condition that she does not actually have, after she expresses interest in a man with no money. Her parents are more consumed with politics and advancing socially than in the best interests of their daughter.

Ioan has been scarred by war, both physically and emotionally. Meeting as strangers within the shadows of a fog, the two become friends and quickly fall in love. But can Amanda find the strength to stand up to her domineering father and do what she wants for once?

Ms. Jean knows how to tell a sweet love story. The story is well written and the historical setting was aptly described. Ioan was a fascinating character: his emotional scars were realistically portrayed, and I would have liked to have learned even more about him. Shadows in the Fog is a quick read, pleasant in parts, but it isn’t perfect.

I couldn’t help but feel that the story was too short, and that we didn’t learn enough about the main characters. I would have liked to have seen more of the lovers’ conversations, to see their progression from friendship to love. I also can’t help but wonder if Amanda longed for freedom more than she loved Ioan. Seeing more of the lovers could have disproved this. Even with these shortcomings, Shadows in the Fog is an enjoyable short read that romance readers will enjoy.

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