"a visual feast, though not a reader\'s smorgasbord"
Elliana (Ellie) Munson was devastated by her beloved
sister's death and shocked to find that she had been
chosen to inherit Rhiannon's horse farm. Her husband
wasn't so pleased. After all, he had no use for a farm
way out in the countryside or a bunch of horses that would
need to be cared for and maintained properly. On the heels
of yet another argument, Ellie leaves, heading for the
farm to fill her sister's last wish that she mourn at the
The quiet moments of grief usher Ellie into a new world, a
world of fairies and elves and mystic, hidden kingdoms - a
world whose King is waiting for her. For, unknown to Ellie
or any of her family, Rhiannon had been leading a complex
double life, horse breeder in the 'real' world and well-
loved Queen to a devoted Elven monarch in that land beyond
the bucolic pastures.
Rhiannon has one last gift for her sister - the Elven King
himself. She did everything she could to make sure that
her husband and her sister find the love that they both
There is no doubt that ELLIE AND THE ELVEN KING is a
beautiful book. Oversized and full of lavish full-color
illustrations, usually mixes of paintings and photographs,
the book is pleasing to the eye and fit for a place of
honor on bookshelf or coffee table. The sheer beauty of
the concept makes one think of gift books and treasures.
Nevertheless, this isn't the best introduction to modern
romance for a new reader to the genre because, simply put,
the story isn't quite enthralling. First, it's short, not
even novella length. The book is clearly printed with an
eye to imagery and visual layout, meaning that there are
huge spaces of white on each and every text page.
Second, mostly due to the limited length, the story itself
isn't that compelling. The characters are limited and the
romance a bit too rushed to be believable. Traditional
romance fans may be put off by the facts that Ellie is
married (to a one-dimensional creep) when she fell into
her 'romance of a lifetime' and the whole marrying-her-
dead-sister's-husband bit. However, as a fairy tale it is
entertaining and in places even delightful. ELLIE is a
visual feast, though perhaps not a reader's smorgasbord.
Recommended for its visual concepts, you will enjoy this
book but if you're looking for an earth-shattering, heart-
pounding romance, look elsewhere.
Reviewed by Ann Leveille
© February 21, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 11, 2006