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"This one is even better than the first!"

For this story, we're back in Partholon with Oklahoma high school English teacher Shannon Parker turned Beloved of Epona. Only now, her centaur husband, ClanFintan, has been gone for a while trying to put the kingdom back to rights after their war with the Fomorians. Not only loneliness is bothering Rhea, as she's called in Partholon, she's also catching glimpses of something black and evil out of the corner of her eye and food has lost its appeal. And not only food, but the fruit of the grape as well. When the warriors return, everyone in Epona's temple celebrates with a feast. While trying to keep her meal of rice down, as everyone else is eating all kinds of wonderful foods, Rhea manages to projectile vomit all over Alanna, her handmaiden, and her doctor. It turns out Rhea is pregnant and will give birth to a daughter, as the Beloved of Epona always has a daughter as her firstborn. Now everyone is ecstatic with the news. Of course, Epi, Rhea's white mare, is a bit on the anxious side since she's due to be bred and the only thing that seems to calm her is when Rhea takes her out for a ride. So with Rhea mounted on Epi, and ClanFintan alongside, they go for a ride. Rhea has learned to give Epi her head and Epi heads somewhere Rhea hasn't been before. They end up in a glade and stop to get a drink. Epi is acting a bit strange and ClanFintan is exceptionally alert due to the mare's behavior. When Rhea spots some trees on the other side of the glade which remind her of home, she feels pulled to them. When she puts her hands on them, she feels herself being pulled into another world.

Just like when Shannon ended up in Partholon, she blacked out and when she comes to, she finds herself in bed with a man sitting in a chair close by. This isn't any man either, his face is the same as ClanFintan. It turns out his name is Clint Freeman and he's the one who pulled her back to Oklahoma. Not surprisingly, Shannon's only goal now is to get back to Partholon. When she feels up to it, Clint takes her to a grove which looks just like the one in Partholon. On the way to the grove, the trees begin to talk to Shannon and she can feel an energy whenever she touches one of them. The two of them decide to both touch the tree and try to send Shannon back. They try and Shannon sees none other than her old nemesis, Nuada of the Fomorians. Now he's coming to Oklahoma and vows to destroy everyone Shannon loves. The strange thing is Nuada claims Shannon has called him and brought him back from the dead. Not only that, Clint tells Shannon that Rhiannon is now rich and making a lot of money by dealing drugs.

Will Shannon ever get back to Partholon? Will she want to? Exactly what is Rhiannon up to? Will Nuada succeed in killing everyone Shannon cares about?

DIVINE BY CHOICE is an excellent sequel. P.C. Cast once again proves her talent in this highly entertaining story. In this story, Shannon gets to see exactly what Rhiannon did with her life as an underpaid teacher. Not only is her condo gone, but Rhiannon was mean and nasty to Shannon's step-mother and her best friend. But Shannon isn't alone; her Goddess hasn't forsaken her and still advises her. She also has the temptation of her husband's mirror image in Oklahoma to deal with, and it's obvious Clint is in love with her and is just as noble and caring as her husband. How Clint and Rhiannon and Shannon end the conflict truly makes this story something special and one I will never forget. This is one story you don't want to miss!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 28, 2006

SUMMARY

After being mistaken for a goddess in the mythic world of Partholon, high school English teacher Shannon Parker settled in. She adores her sexy centaur husband, is getting used to her connection to the powerful goddess Epona and thoroughly enjoys the pampering from both! All is looking very right in her world…until she is wrenched from Partholon and sent back to Oklahoma.

As she struggles to return to the world and the husband she loves, Shannon discovers she is not alone.

A great evil has followed her. Now more than just Shannon's future is at stake, and she needs to somehow tap into our world's dormant magic. Her only ally is her husband's mirror image in Oklahoma--a man who loves her too much. Shannon must figure out a way to vanquish the ancient evil and not lose her life, her soul or her heart.

Along the way she discovers that being divine by mistake is a lot easier than being divine by choice….

 

Divine by Choice
(Divine trilogy: Book 2)
by P. C. Cast

Luna
December 1, 2006
Available: December 1, 2006
ISBN #037380251X
EAN #9780373802517
352 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
P. C. Cast

Destined
Dragon's Oath
Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion
Awakened
The Fledgling Handbook 101
Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite
Burned
Brighid's Quest
Divine by Blood
The Avenger
Tempted
Divine By Choice
Elphame's Choice
Hunted
Goddess of the Rose
Mysteria Lane
Untamed
Warrior Rising
Chosen
Betrayed
Divine By Blood
Goddess of Love
Marked
Divine by Mistake
Mysteria
Brighid's Quest
Goddess of Light
Goddess by Mistake
Elphame's Choice
Goddess of Spring
Goddess of the Sea


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