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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Diana By The Moon by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Diana By The Moon by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (224 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Diana—a fiery kitten of a Roman woman, who hides a terrible past and struggles to lead her people on a desperate quest for survival against famine and Saxon raids. She is unable to trust anyone.

Alaric—a proud Celtic warrior and trusted lieutenant to the upstart British leader, Arthur, who must overcome his hatred of Romans if he is to fulfill Arthur’s ambitions in the north.

A haunting tale of two lives touched by the coming of King Arthur, and two hearts and souls struggling to come together against odds as great as those against Britain itself. Only together will they survive, or else be sundered forever.

Diana wonders, “Is it all the world that resents my place in it?” Her overwhelming desire is to have the freedom to live, work, and take care of her home and not to be subjugated to the desires, wishes, and demands of another who would control her and all she owns.

In the northern area of fifth-century Britain, Diana survived the horrors of the Saxons’ attack. While she suffers the “Red Cloud” nightmare, both night and day, she keeps it at bay as best she can as she manages the villa after all the men are gone, the gate is destroyed, and all thing of value are stolen. With labor of women and children, she runs a well-ordered household, expects, and receives precision and speed in doing the work needed for all of them to survive. She is fair and just. Only with her little, mute sister Minna does she show a never-failing, patient gentleness.

When the Roman legionnaires left some fifty years ago, Britain splintered into little groups of Britons, Celts, Romans, and Saxons (many mercenaries and slaves that the legionnaires deserted}. Now the Saxons raid mercilessly and the different groups squabble with each other. It is a chaotic time. In the north, the Roman Catholics are virtually defenseless against the Saxons and marauders. Yet the bishops of the church demand all the old customs and laws be adhered to and allegiance be given to the church in Rome. Diana is in a precarious situation.

Arthur, with his plan to unit the country, sends Alaric and his soldiers north to build and tend a beacon and to maintain peace in the area. They arrive and insist then bargain with Diana to feed and house them during their stay. She is desolate but determined to hold what is hers.

Alaric’s allegiance to Arthur and the vision for Britain’s future never falters as he carries out Arthur’s orders and does what needs to be done to keep his bargain with the tiny, feisty Diana that reminds him of a feral kitten with her back arched, fur raised, an claws showing. Her never-ceasing efforts to take care of those in her household makes him and his men willing to help as they all struggle to survive.

Diana By The Moon, full of struggles, conflicts, underhanded dealings of a bishop, and the innate need to love and be loved, captures the reader’s attention and heart. When it looks like all is lost for Diana, she gambles that a culture she has no real knowledge of will help her save the villa and help her realize her hope of having control of her estate, her life, and her freedom. In her gamble, she gains a love that surpasses all she’d ever dreamed of.

Tracy Cooper-Posey is a superb story teller and creates realist scenes of life and the struggles of that age. But her scene of Alaric seeing Diana in the snowy clearing in the forest enchants, as do many others, one of which is the ceremony with the Priestess of the Moon that is pure magic. Spellbinding imagery makes the story sparkle. When Alaric comes to fully understand and met Diana’s needs, the love scene is breathtaking.

Diana By The Moon lifts up hope for humanity and shows a remarkable, giving love that fills the heart with happiness. GOOD READING!