"Charming paranormal romance"
Though she has ridden waves in Hawaii and Australia among
other global locales and the Atlantic is a bit cold in May,
Josie Parker enjoys surfing so much that she arises early
to ride the waves off of Parker's Inlet, South Carolina.
However, instead of the anticipated smooth ride, she wipes
out because her board hit something. The next breaker
includes the treasure chest that wiped out Josie. Removing
barnacles from it, Josie pries open the chest to find a
necklace with a yellow stone dangling from it. Suddenly
out of nowhere Bagan, Guardian of the MacNeil Stone,
appears -- though no one else see the little man. He
informs Josie that she is engaged to Connal MacNeil, who
happens to have died about three centuries ago.
Before she knows what happened, Josie heads to Glenmuir,
Scotland where the spirit of Connal has awaited her return
for three hundred years. As Josie and Connal begin to fall
in love, she wonders what kind of future is there with
someone from the eighteenth century.
It is the use of mundane items such as surfing and "Josie
and the Pussycats" (TV show not movie) that make THE CHARM
STONE a charming paranormal romance. The plot is fun,
especially when Josie teaches the ghost and the senior
citizens of Glenmuir how to surf, as Donna Kauffman never
takes her story too seriously even with a warm romantic
undertow. Sub-genre readers will want to ride this wave
from start to finish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 14, 2002
When expert surfer Josie Griffin has a rare wipeout, she's
shocked to discover that a real-life treasure chest is to
blame--one that contains a necklace hung with the biggest
stone she's ever seen. But that's nothing compared to the
shock she gets when she places the jewel around her neck.
Instantly a mysterious little kilted man appears to inform
her that the charm has betrothed her to an eighteenth-
century Scottish laird! It's not that Josie has anything
against handsome lairds--or older men. But three hundred
plus years may be stretching things a bit. After all, she
has a career to consider. And besides, she's sure the
effects of her concussion will be wearing off any minute--
until the minutes turn to hours...then days...
A little charm goes a long way
The spirit of Connal MacNeil has been waiting centuries for
his betrothed to appear on Scotland's roaring shores.
Josie's arrival with the MacNeil charm stone is his dream
Her passion is a fiery match to his own--and her powerful
body is perfect for bearing the heir he plans. He bargained
his soul for this last chance at prosperity, and he won't
take no for an answer. Unfortunately the lass doesn't quite
understand that destiny has bound them for all eternity. In
fact, she seems determined to deny him at every turn--when
she isn't busy with her foolhardy need to go wave hunting.
But it doesn't take long for other, more earthly MacNeil
charms to take hold. For Josie is only human--and Connal
has waited long enough for the love affair of his lifetime
to finally begin....