Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ Cursed Miracles by Meg Harding

2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ Cursed Miracles by Meg Harding

Title: Cursed Miracles
Author: Meg Harding
Category: Holiday, Fantasy: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 48

Two hundred years ago on Christmas Eve, William Mashinter was frozen in time, cursed by his wife to roam the world on his own, waiting for the love of his life to find him. The love of his life, whom she killed. Time hasn’t healed this wound, and William is tired of the happy holiday and the constant reminders of a love that’s been taken from him. But then the impossible happens, and maybe… maybe he can get a new Christmas perspective.
Brady Gallagher has lived three different lives, always aware of the first and most important, yet unable to find the man who will fill in the missing pieces and let him know he’s not crazy. He encounters him at a work event, of all places, but is he willing to throw everything else to the wind and embrace the miracle laid out before him?

4.5 Stars!

William and Brady are in love, but two men together is forbidden. Forced to marry a woman, William and Brady are forced to carry on an affair behind William's wife, Jennifer's back. Unbeknownst to them, though, Jennifer knows what the two men are up to and confronts them before killing Brady and cursing them to an eternity of longing for one another.

Very enjoyable read. While there were so many things the author could have done had this story been longer, it was very entertaining as it was. I liked the characters and felt for them and what each man must have suffered through over the two hundred years they were apart. The fact that they never stopped wanting and loving each other even after believing they'd never see each other again was a testament to how much they really were in love.

The ending was perfect and I loved the way they looked at the whole experience. I would have liked to have found out what happened to Jennifer, was she still alive like Brady and William or was she long gone? I also would have liked to see the different things the men experienced over two centuries. However, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story as it was.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Cursed Miracles.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

5 Stars 

Everything I could have wanted in a tale about reincarnation and lovers reunited.

This tale packs in a lot, which many a longer tale might not have done, due to the author's skillful writing.

I loved every bit of it, from the ill-fated lovers, the wife scorned who was more than meets the eye, the way the author whizzed us through the many, many years before the lovers found each other again, and their reactions to finding each other again - it was the stuff of Bollywood movies, less the schmaltz.

I loved the ending, showing the leads 20 years into their future, which would make one of them a guy in his 60s and the other an unknown age - I don't recall being told it, not that that was an issue for me. It's a 5 Star Keeper and I now need to track down this author's back-catalogue.

ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.

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