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Friday, June 5, 2009

Mirror Blue By Thomma Lyn Grindstaff

Mirror Blue By Thomma Lyn Grindstaff
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

He’s her first chance at love.
She’s his last.

Free spirit Aphra Porter never thought Isaac Lightfoot would remember the letter she wrote to him years before. But by some miracle, he does. Now a successful Web site designer in her thirties, Aphra meets the man whose writing talents she’s always idolized—an encounter that leaves her spinning. No longer is Isaac a distant image, but a flesh and blood man who looks at her like no one has looked at her before.

A critically acclaimed author and Vietnam war hero, Isaac is one tough bear of a man. Faced with the physical and emotional scars of war, a relationship with a daunting age difference, and an ex-wife bent on tearing Aphra from his life, he’s about to learn that leaving the past behind and building a new life can be the toughest battle of all.

Aspiring to everything Aphra - a successful web-designer with so many more possibilities, at last meets the author that has changed her life. Isaac is a prolific author, who's Vietnam experiences had an important role in forming his perceptions. Somehow, they see the unlikely characters within one another .. but fan and star rarely find true middle ground to meet.

Yet, in their conversations, they find many points to share. Even their vehicles, paralleling themselves, somehow show a strange, tenuous connection between the two of them. There is no denying the age difference, and no escaping the disapproval of certain other people. Coping, and discussing the issues allows them to share a problem, and instead of driving a wedge between them, serves to give them another point to share.

Even so, a melancholy air hangs over this work, almost as if we, too, cannot quite see how this relationship can work. Surely, the two are so vastly different? For Aphra, with her almost life-long study of Isaac's work, and her fan-like knowledge of his background, this cannot be a healthy future. We expect doom. Grindstaff's literary style even contributes; both to the slow pace and the disquieting sense that they cannot truly have found one another.

Thomma Grindstaff's work is more slowly paced and introspective than much in the way of today's romances, yet the many layers of depth here have appeal. The story is plausible, and the characters' interaction and growth is both plausible and pleasurable. Grindstaff's work offers a certain insightful, even visceral understanding of the human heart.