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"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.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 15, 2003

SUMMARY

While the technology of the wars had changed the face of Europe, some things stayed the same; the tempestuous Scottish coast and the surrounding sea remained a place of unquenchable magic and mystery. Sequestered at Fintry Castle by the whim of her mistress, Hexy Garrow spared seven tears for her past -- all of which were swallowed by the waves. By joining the water, those tears completed a ritual, and that ritual summoned a prince. He came for Hexy -- and for something she didn't know she had stolen. His very nature went against all Hexy had ever believed, but his love was everything she'd ever desired. And he'd come not to collect her for the insatiable ocean, but for himself.

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The Selkie
by Melanie Jackson

Dorchester
February 1, 2003
Available: February 1, 2003
ISBN #0505525313
EAN #9780505525314
368 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Melanie Jackson

The Selkie Bride
The Night Side
Divine Fantasy
A Curious Affair
These Boots Were Made for Strutting
Divine Night
Writ on Water
Divine Madness
The Saint
The Master
Divine Fire
Still Life
The Courier
Outsiders
Traveler
Dominion
Belle
Amarantha
Night Visitor


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