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Monday, February 16, 2009

The Heart Remembers by Marissa St. James

The Heart Remembers by Marissa St. James
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical; Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Larkspur
Sylvia has no life of her own thanks to a domineering mother. All she wants is to run her own life. Sylvia is transported back to the early 13th century, where, as a widow, she and her younger daughter are summoned to King John’s presence on false pretenses. The ladies are about to become the prizes in King John’s jousting tourney.

Faris has spent the last twenty years living with Moors in a peaceful life. He and his son return from a trading trip to find their small oasis settlement burned to the ground. Faris makes a decision to return to England with his son, Halim, where they decide to enter the tourney. Seeing Lady Sylvia stirs long ago memories.

While neither Faris nor Sylvia recall their contemporary lives, they have an opportunity to recapture a past relationship and discover whether or not the heart remembers.

A tale of star crossed lovers easily describes this very sweet tale. We have our hero Aubrey and heroine Sylvia who are destined to be together in what ever time they happen to reside.

However, it was hard for me to determine if the starring characters were time travelers or reincarnations. I found it tedious at times and the split from the past to the present wasn't as fluid as it could have been. I wanted to know more about the background of the characters and their relationships with one another. I think the use of flashbacks would have worked wonderfully in this story.

Overall though, I liked the story line. It was interesting and unique. The characters were interesting and very colorful and I enjoyed not only the main but the supporting cast as well. The author did a great job with her dialogue as I could easily visualize many of the scenes. This book would appeal to an audience who enjoys a sweet romance.