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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heart of the Sorcerer by P.L. Parker

Heart of the Sorcerer by P.L. Parker
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (83 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Drawn inexplicably back to her childhood home, Annalisa returns, seeking to fill the void existing in her loveless life. Granny Jean, Annalisa’s adopted grandmother, failing in health and mental acuity, endeavors to discover the secrets of Annalisa’s soul, wanting nothing more than Annalisa to be happy before she leaves this earth.

A picture hangs over the mantle in Gran’s cottage depicting a beautiful man of another time, a man who haunts Annalisa’s every dream, a man who calls to her in dreams.

Unknown to Annalisa, Gran and Alec, the man in the painting, have set forth a course of events to eventually send Annalisa back, back into the arms of Alec.

PL Parker’s “Heart of the Sorcerer,” is a tender, touching short story of Annalisa, driven by incomprehensible desire, to find her one true love in another time. And Alec, who is in every way a dream man, seems to be the one. Yet, it cannot be possible – or can it? Annalisa is one of those you simply want to applaud. Her choices will be difficult- we can guess that at the outset – but it is the feeling in her heart that is important.

Alec, too, faces certain challenges. In the ballroom, somehow, they must try to find one another… and at the same time, Annalisa will discover a key to the past she would never have expected.

Characters are so very real and well developed – from Granny Jean to even Rose – and are largely revealed in dialogue. Granny Jean is more important than we might guess, and not only because of certain knowledge, but because she too has a place in Annalisa’s heart. The relationships here make the story; it is a true and touching old fashioned romance.

The storyline of Heart of the Sorcerer is creative and engaging. The idea of time-travel is not original, yet Parker manages this one in a creative way. The overall tone of the story is gently delightful. Descriptions were nicely varied, everything from location to the wafting scent of scones cooking.

One or two revealing moments fall into simple author explanation – like a paragraph of description of Annalisa’s heart shaped face, or the odd moments of Alec reflecting on and sort of listing past events. These very few incidences interrupt the otherwise nicely paced narrative. This is really a small point of complaint.

Truthfully, I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet romance, and have a feeling you might, too.