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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Merlin's Daughter by Patricia Scott

Merlin's Daughter by Patricia Scott
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy
Length: Short (137 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Sara Templeton discovers more than she bargained for when she travels to Semple Manor House in search of her family tree. Whisked back in time and into a previous life, she meets her true love, Dr. Justin Coleborne—not only a 17th century doctor, but also the 21st century surgeon who saved Sara’s life after a near-fatal car crash.

Now accused of witchcraft and sentenced to hang, Sara must rely on Justin to save her one more time…and to reunite them in the present.

I know I'd have a hard time convincing myself to go up to a pack of strangers, be they 'family' or not, and saying 'Hello," under any circumstances. So I was interested to see how Patricia Scott maneuvered her heroine into place convincingly.

Her constant use of passive voice ('was' and 'were') in the prologue slowed the pace of a potentially fast-paced, intriguing story. The switch of tense from one paragraph to the next pulled me out of the story as I backtracked to check on what I'd read.

In sharp contrast, the first chapter opens with action and pace. The reader is pulled in immediately to the sights and sounds of battle. The use of repetition to hike up the tension failed to heighten anticipation.

As the story evolved, so did the writing. Sarah face's many challenges, some life threatening, and woven within it all Justin is always there, in one guise or another.

Ms. Scott has created a fascinating story, and wove history and modern day events together smoothly. After a shaky start, her writing flows and carries the reader into a complex plot that spans four hundred years.