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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Seventh Heaven by Cate Masters

Seventh Heaven by Cate Masters
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (35 Pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Violet

Lilah owns the New Hope Record and Crafts Shop with her friend, Val. Selling their handmade jewelry and pottery to tourists in their Delaware River town keeps them independent and free spirited. Lilah’s only hangup is James, who bartends down the street. She’s crazy about him, but lately he’s been cold and distant. Turns out he has reason to be down--he’s had his ticket punched for Vietnam. When Lilah makes him a lucky leather-string choker using a silver ankh--the Egyptian symbol of eternity--James is skeptical, but begins to warm to her again. Can Lilah show him that her love is all the luck he needs?

The characters in this book were very relatable with emotions that are very real and strike at your deeper emotions. Lilah's character wanted something more than she wanted to breathe at times and that something was James. How do you take the hurt away from someone when at first they don't want you to pity them? It wasn't pity she felt for James, it was a forever kind of love.

I don't want to give away anything in this book but I can say that the situations that arose were brilliant on the writer’s behalf. This book brought about emotions that I found refreshing. I almost cried a time or two. Don't get me wrong, I would not classify this as a sad book as they were tears of joy! I would have loved to see this book as a longer version or, perhaps, we could talk Ms. Masters into a sequel that takes us a bit further into the relationship of Lilah and James. I also would love to see Val have her own story.

Cate Masters is a gifted writer who wrote this book with talent and marvelous imagery. I could almost see, taste, hear and touch what was occurring in "Seventh Heaven." If you are looking for a book with a wonderful plot that is very well written as well as being entertaining, "Seventh Heaven" is the book for you. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Masters' work.