"A very good reason to go down to the sea again."

The war was over; the war had not yet begun. It was the between time, 1929, and the place is a castle in Scotland. American Hexy Garrow's employer, Jillian, is sure she has left her fur coat on the beach and sends Hexy to retrieve it. While looking for it, Hexy takes a moment to sit on the beach and grieve for her lost brother. In doing so she sheds seven tears, tears that will set in motion things that will change her life forever. When she does find the fur, she finds herself strangely drawn to it to the point that she sleeps in it that night. The next morning, though, it is packed and sent off to Italy with Jillian.

Drawn to Hexy by her tears and her taking of his skin, Ruairidh (Rory) O'Uruisg comes to claim Hexy as he thinks she is calling him to. However, Hexy has no idea what he is, nor would she believe him if he told her. She didn't realize that the fur she sent with Jillian was the wrong one and works to get it back. While waiting on its return, she finds herself becoming involved with Rory--an involvement that reveals to both of them secrets about themselves. Will the secrets they uncover be enough to win the battles they must fight and keep Rory with Hexy for more than twelve months and a day?

THE SELKIE, of course is about a selkie. Melanie Jackson put a lot of effort into making this an admirably believable story about a mythical creature. The time setting adds to its enchantment. The hero is certainly one that those who love the sea would enjoy meeting. The mystery surrounding the heroine adds depth and an extrinsic element to the story. The secondary characters were alluring and had you longing to learn more about them. My only complaint was that though I found this to be an excellent story and I enjoyed it immensely, when I was finished, I felt like I was missing something. I had the feeling that there could have been much more to it.

ParaNormal Romance Reviews Copyright 2003 Reviewed by Flora Bell

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 1, 2006


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

February 1, 2003
Available: February 1, 2003
ISBN #0505525313
EAN #9780505525314
368 pages
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