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"A wee bit of Scottish Magic!""

Since my great great great...well you get the general idea...grandfa' was said to be a Selkie, and we have a wonderful, loving Selkie story passed down in the family for over three hundred years, I am rather touchy when writers create stories on the lore of Scotland. Most of the time, I sort of cringe, fearing that they will not do the Selkies justice, when the tales are so close to my heart. However, when Melanie Jackson announced a year ago she was starting work on a book about them, the reaction was totally different - Joy, for I knew Melanie and her heritage (I have it on good insider info from the Wee People that she is one of the Fey!!), and her love for All Things Scottish would do right by the Selkies. She is a true child of the Highlands and proves it with the marvelous novel.

Melanie has written an utterly charming tale of a Selkie accidentally called from the Scottish Sea...and OH DOES IT STEAL THE HEART!! I applaud Melanie for setting the period in 1929, since it seems the romance market considers anything after the Turn of the Century to modern day not worthy of writing about. So in 1929, Hexy Garrow is maid/companion to widowed, blonde bimbo lady of the manor, who pulls a blonde moment and leaves her expensive sable coat on the beach of the Scottish Coast. Hexy is sent to fetch it because her mistress is departing for Italy the next morn with her latest boyfriend and cannot leave without her coat.

Hexy takes a few moments alone for herself at the beach at sunset, to shed a few tears - 7 to be exact - for the loss of her beloved brother who drowned, for her failed romance, for the loose morals of today's wild young women, and because her nose is red from allergies. She has no notion the 7 tears she shed into the swirling sea summons the Selkie - in this case one sexy, irresistible Ruairidh O'Uruisg - or that the seal coat she mistook for her mistress' is really Ruairidh's Selkie skin! One he must get back!

For those not familiar with Lore of the Scottish Highlands, the Selkies were/are magical seals that could came ashore, shed their sealskin and take human mates. They were so breathtakingly beautiful that no human could resist their lure, but they were only permitted to live on shore for a year and a day before they had to return to the sea. So you can imagine Hexy, a very practical modern- day girl, has a wee bit of difficulty dealing with irate Ruairidh when he comes storming into the manor to reclaim his sealskin coat. He asserts he has no time to be her lover - maybe later when the time is right for such things at MidSummer's Eve - but is horrified to learn HIS coat is on way to Italy via Wales. It is vital he gets it back. It is a charming romance, whimsical, light, and so true to the ancient lore of Scotland. Melanie's Hexy and Ruairidh are so wonderful, bright and will absolutely steal your heart.

So if you love Scotland, ever wish to visit there and would love to have a wee grand adventure, I can heartily recommend Melanie Jackson's best book to date. She is simply magical...but then, what else would one of the Fey be???

I have truly enjoyed many of Melanie Jackson's works before, but this is by far her best!! I am sure my great great...grandfa' would have heartily approved of the highly original, charming tale of Hexy and Ruairidh!

Slainte Mohr!

Posted March 25, 2003

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 3, 2007

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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Other Books by
Melanie Jackson

The Selkie Bride
The Night Side
Divine Fantasy
A Curious Affair
These Boots Were Made for Strutting
Divine Night
Writ on Water
Divine Madness
The Saint
The Master
Divine Fire
Still Life
The Courier
Outsiders
Traveler
Dominion
Belle
Amarantha
Night Visitor


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