"An excellent historical story with a touch of paranormal"
A TOUCH OF CHARM is the second in "Grace Trilogy"
featuring three sisters living in the 1880's in Colorado
Springs. Although stories are written by different
authors, they are about the same family. The Sullivan
sisters, Belle, Charisma, and Grace are named after the
three Graces, but somehow none of them actually embody
those traits...or do they? All three had gone to the
park 'The Garden Of The Gods' in the Colorado mountains
and at the foot of the Three Graces formation, they made a
wish, Belle to be beautiful, Charisma to be charming, and
Grace to be graceful.
Fortunately on Mount Olympus, the actual Graces were
listening and have taken the project of giving these young
women exactly what they need. Belle already learned to be
beautiful and won her husband in BELLE OF THE BALL; and
now it is now out-spoken Charisma's turn. She's set her
particular Grace, Thalia, a special challenge since in
addition to learning charm, Charisma also wishes to make a
difference in the world.
As a young Democratic candidate for the state senate, Will
Barclay could use a woman with charm. He is interested in
the lovely Charisma, but the young woman's mouth is
forever getting her into trouble. In the guise of a
respectable widow, Thalia suggests that having Charisma as
an escort would help divert the husband-hunting women
while he's campaigning in Colorado Springs. He tries this
suggestion only to have Charisma demonstrate her inability
to avoid speaking her mind. Only Thalia's agreeing to
tutor Charisma makes him give her a second chance.
This was primarily a historical novel about a fascinating
time in America before women had the vote and when changes
were taking place rapidly. The story of how Charisma
learned charm was presented quite well, as well as how
best to make a difference. In fact, the scenes with her
and Will's mother talking to other ladies about how to
control their men were some of the funniest in the book.
While Will isn't looking for a wife, he is clearly happy
to have Charisma around, but when she's too subdued, he
finds he misses her spirit. Before long he realizes that
it is the whole woman he needs.
Over all an excellent book with a touch of paranormal. The
three Graces show up often, primarily to question how
their sister Thalia is doing, as well as their assistant,
Hercules. Although the book would have held up well
without them, it was fun having the mythological
Three Grace Series:
Book 1: BELLE OF THE BALL by Pam McCutcheon
Book 2: A TOUCH OF CHARM by Karen Fox
Book 3: SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE by Yvonne Jocks
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted February 21, 2004
DOES HE WANT SWEET TALK OR TRUE LOVE?
Most folks in Colorado Springs find Charisma Sullivan's
outspokenness the opposite of charming. But senatorial
candidate Will Barclay is intrigued by her intelligent
views. Realizing that a lovely sweetheart would be a
campaign asset, Will asks Charisma to pose as his escort
until the election. But, despite the gentle guidance of
Thalia, a senator's widow, Charisma's candor lands her in
hot water..even as her deepening feelings for Will draw
them both into an intimate entanglement. Passion and
politics make a dangerous combination and soon Will must
choose between playing it safe...and playing for keeps!
Other books in the Three Grace Series:
Book 1: BELLE OF THE
BALL by Pam McCutcheon
Book 3: SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE by Yvonne
Jocks (coming in 2004)