"A delightfully whimsical tale"
In 1929 Scotland Jillian Foxworthy sends her American
servant Hexy Garrow to fetch her misplaced fur coat. Hexy
goes to the beach seeking the lost clothing while pondering
reality vs. romance. She talks to the sea explaining how
she has learned about life from the rejection of her beau
for someone with wealth and not from a country rejecting
the League of Nations. Hexy then returns to Fintry Castle
with the coat.
Not long afterward, a panicked and irate Ruairidh cannot
find his skin. He soon realizes a human female has
completed the seven tears summoning and absconded with his
skin. He follows her scent to demand she give him back his
skin and to explain he has no time for the affair that she
convoked as he must get back to his people in Avocmar to
warn of the pending attack by the Finmen. However,
Ruairidh is shocked that Hexy is not a crone, but a
beautiful confused woman. Even more appalling is that he
desires her and wants her to join him in the ocean where he
resides, but somehow she resists his lure though she
obviously is attracted to him.
Melanie Jackson's latest fantasy romance deserves cross-
genre appeal as THE SELKIE provides readers with a
whimsical charming tale. The story line insures the
audience believes in Selkie, Finmen, and some other
folklore species. The relationship between the magical
lead couple is anchored by love though has rocky moments.
This augments the feeling of two species crossing
unfathomable depths, leagues, and barriers together.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 15, 2003