This delightful read had me spellbound. It’s been a while since I read purely for pleasure and this was the perfect book for that. It has elements of magic, time travel, romance, and mystery –all beautifully blended in a way that makes the reader believe.
I always look for characters I can relate to, ones that develop as the story progresses. In this, too, Ziedel performs, whether we slip back into the Civil War years or live in modern times, whether the decisions and actions of the characters are propelled by magic or by real relationships in the past or present, I never doubt. The characters are real while I I am with them.
Zeidel never resorts to gimmicks or coincidence to move the story forward, in spite of the temptation magic might provide. Each incidence of magic serves a purpose. As well, her descriptions of her surroundings, both past and present, are deftly portrayed without becoming flowery or overwrought.
Zeidel writes with a deceptive simplicity that I love.