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Monday, May 4, 2009

Keepers of Legend by Cheryel Hutton

Keepers of Legend by Cheryel Hutton
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Fantasy
Length: Short (92 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Jessica Knight was enjoying a hike with her daughter when an accidental discovery gives her the shock of her life. Her biologist sensibilities refuse to believe the creature is a dragon, but it sure looks like one.

Being a local, Colonel Drew McGregor is the obvious choice for the army to send on a quest for the strange animal reported to look much like a dragon. Not only does he find the creature, he is reunited with the love of his life.

Torn apart sixteen years ago by tragedy and guilt, neither Jessica nor Drew dreamed the other might still care. Before the two of them can consider the possibility of a second chance, they have a lot of talking to do. Unfortunately, discussion has to take a backseat to a young dragon and the motives of the people around it.

A mythical creature and a man from her past were the last two things Jessica expected to meet when she took her fifteen year old daughter on a hike into the mountains.

Mother and daughter find an injured wild animal. Jessica approaches and realizes the beast looks exactly like the dragons of legend. Her daughter Keeley has no doubts about the creature and gives it the name of Simon but it is Jessica who bonds with the baby dragon.

Drew McGregor’s job in the army is to investigate strange happenings, and an unknown species of wild animal certainly comes under his jurisdiction. Instead he finds a woman from his past. A woman he loved but lost.

I love dragon stories and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed by the "Keepers of Legend." Drew and Jessica try to deal with their past relationship, but right from the beginning the dragon is the focal point of the story. Interaction between Jessica and Drew is at times soft at others tense when Jessica thinks Drew is betraying the dragon to his superiors. Keeley is the vivacious teenage daughter every mother would love to have.

As I finished reading "Keepers of Legend" I had one wish; I would have loved the story to go on longer. There was huge potential for the story to continue with its tale of dragons and love. This is not to say "Keepers of Legend" wasn’t a finished tale. It most definitely was, but I was left with a yearning for more of the tale of Simon and his human friends.