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"A Delightfully Different Shapeshifter Romance"

1929 -- In a remote corner of Scotland

The war to end all wars had come to a conclusion, but Hexy Garrow has no reason to celebrate. Taking a respite from a search for her careless employer's missing fur coat, Hexy sits upon a rock, looking out to sea and pondering her life. The young American has reason to fear and despise the sea. Her only brother, Rory Patrick, had lost his life to it, and she had been left all alone. Love had eluded her as well. Her latest beau, a Londoner, had abandoned her for unfathomable reasons which ranged from her unusual name to the size of her bank account. Even her country's politics had been held against her. Still she would have shed no tears for any of this, were it not for a strange and strong allergy to the yews that dotted the countryside surrounding Fintry Castle.

Seven salty drops had fallen upon the rock on which she had perched before she'd resumed her search for Jillian's sable. She had found it at last, carelessly left on the rocky shore. Shortly thereafter Ruairidh of the People is annoyed to find himself summoned by the ancient ritual performed by the human female. Though females of his kind had become scarce, he had more important things than mating on his mind at the moment. Cubs were being kidnapped and he'd come upon the land before the mating season to determine their fate. He was even more irate to discover the deceitful wench had stolen his fur, leaving him no way to return to the sea.

He would be bound to the female for a full year. Ruairidh had had every intention of tricking the female out of her due, only to discover that the lovely human had had no idea his kind even existed. She had not intended the summons. To top it off she was the most intriguing female he'd ever met. The yew allergy and the pull he felt toward her indicated the possibility of something rare. Could she be NicnanRon (daughter of the seal), those rare women who could breed selkie twins or even a rare female pup? Those women had long since left these shores, hidden away by their families, for only NicnanRon could join their mates and offspring in the sea. More importantly could she be his aroon, his one true love? That would be rare indeed, for there had not been a woman among his people for hundreds of seasons. It had become nearly taboo for the Selkies to even discuss their liaisons, for they were generally painfully short.

Love blooms with a passion, but soon Hexy and Ruairidh learn something even more disturbing about the fate of the Selkie pups. It appears that the abominable Finmen are responsible for their disappearances as well as that of several humans. Hexy begins to have nightmares which only increase when Ruairdh leaves her behind to warn the People and prepare them for war. Having lost so much already can Hexy bear to be left behind? Will Ruairidh return to her? Would he stay with her beyond the requirements of the summoning? Or would their differences tear them apart?

The relationship between Hexy and her Selkie is truly magical. Besides giving us a look at world through the eyes of the People, the reader will meet a Merrow, a beautiful Finwoman, and the wicked, grotesque, Finmen. Though human, and susceptible to bespelling, which tends to cloud her judgment from time to time, her love for Ruairidh is her strength that sees her through unimaginable terrors. Though her vulnerability threatens to bring danger to his home, Ruairidh's reciprocal love for her enables them to overcome all the obstacles. This reviewer holds a soft spot in her heart for selkie romances, as it was one that led me to the paranormal subgenre I love. Each one I've read since has taught me more about their fanciful lore. I thoroughly enjoyed THE SELKIE and highly recommend it as a delightfully different shapeshifter romance.

Copyright 2003

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
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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