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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dame Topaz Treasures by Carrie S. Masek

Dame Topaz Treasures by Carrie S. Masek
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Anthology, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (268 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Book Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

From the California desert to Renaissance France, from love’s first kiss to love’s last dance, six tales of love, mystery and romance from award-winning author Carrie S. Masek.

Truly the pot at the end of the rainbow, Dame Topaz Treasures is full of happy, enchanting stories that lift the spirit and make the heart glad that love finds a way for soul mates to connect regardless of their ages.

Desert Rose
Rose, a single mother, works hard to make a living and a life for herself and her children. A conscientious, no-nonsense person who takes her job seriously, bows up to Sergeant James Rollins when he accuses her of selling alcohol to underage soldiers. Thus begins a relationship that includes her children — lots of fun and heartfelt connects develop.

The sergeant’s abrupt and seemingly, final goodbye, when he unexpectedly leaves for the war in the Middle East, leaves Rose and her children confused and hurt.

Picking up the pieces of life again, like she had to do after the death of the children’s father, proves to be a maturing time that helps her find her true self.
The very real life events, the familial love, and romantic love make Desert Rose memorable. Promises and the importance of keeping them is a strong theme throughout the story—food for thought.

Petals of a Topaz Jewel
Crammed full of suspense and adrenaline-pumping action, this story takes the reader on a blind date with a widow and a younger man. It is a special night that helps Beth Collins decide on a new course for her life. Since her only child has flown the nest to go to college, Beth decides it’s time for her to fly. The undercurrents of emotions and edgy action keep the reader turning pages.

Topaz Guard
Lisette Mercer, with her heart and mind set on being a nun, is counseled by Father Armand. He tells her she has the riches, the beauty, and the family connections to please a man. He counsels her to pray for guidance and to LISTEN before making a decision for a life of poverty, obedience, and chastity. However, her memories of the horror she saw at the death of her parents and the recurring nightmares of the jewel encrusted hilt of the sword used makes her long for safety of the abbey that is far removed from the political and religious unrest of twelfth century France.
Charles De Varney, nephew of a Comte, joins the Topaz Guard for a year to please his uncle. When he and Lisette collide, their lives become entangled. Encouraged by her aunt and uncle who are her guardians, Lisette and Charles find they have much in common, but he is a part of the world she fears.

He saves her, then later she saves him in two terrifying encounters — exciting reading. Topaz Guard is a breathtaking tale that show love overriding all else to bind soulmates together.

Lunch at the Topaz Diner
“Do-overs”, even when possible, are never easy. To make the effort, after twenty years, is scary for Sarah, but it brings about a life-changing experience. After a near-fatal accident, she makes a list of her fears, mistakes, and missed opportunities. Determined to conquer the fears, rectify the mistakes, and recapture the opportunities, she withstands the stares and looks of horror from people who see her scarred face and sets out to accomplish her mission.

Ty is an opportunity Sarah missed when they were teenagers. She meets him at the Topaz Diner that has memories for them both. Their reconnection is compelling. Emotions, now mature, stir the senses to life and give them courage to take a chance on reaching out to each other. How Sarah recaptures an opportunity and conquers her fear with the help of Ty makes for gratifying reading.

Magic Kisses
What a fun story! Independence is not always, what it’s cracked up to be. It can be alarmingly lonely and scary even when one has a college education, a job, and an apartment all to oneself. Both Eliza and Brett can attest to that, but Grandalf, the cat, helps them meet and life looks brighter.

Eliza’s “kooky” fortune telling and Brett’s non-existent social life create a unique connection for them.

The humor ebbs and flows through the mishap dates and casual encounters. Finally that “ah-ha” moment comes that has remained just out of reach as mundane issues demanded attention. This is a delightful love story that makes one feel good.

The Last Dance
Emma is old and weary. She lives with her memories but is happy to see her grand children and great-grandchildren on Mother’s Day, She is even happier to see her darling Joseph and feel his arms around her after so many years. They dance to a favorite waltz. The ensuing events captivate and beguile, making one’s heart sing with joy.

I read this one first AND last and will love reading it again as time goes by. It is a story of love unending.

All in all, Dame Topaz Treasures is a definite keeper that I happily give 5 books.