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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Review - Twist of Fate by Sandy James
Title: Twist of Fate (Damaged Heroes 5)
Author: Sandy James
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Buy Twist of Fate here
Reviewed by: Val
Rating:You Gotta Read
What happens when happily ever after meets reality? Susan and James Williams are drifting apart. After a devastating loss, their lives are thrown into further turmoil when a mysterious stone at a museum hurtles them back to the Old West. Their supernatural experience only intensifies the chasm between them, and when James realizes where they are, in a moment of anger, he pronounces that they were never married.
They go their separate ways, unsure of what this new world holds in store. James settles into a job as bartender. Befriended by local rancher Daniel Miller, Susan soon develops feelings for him. She's torn between starting a new life in a new time and healing her marriage and returning to the twenty-first century.
Will the miraculous journey back in time help Susan and James reconcile, or has destiny set new roads for them to travel that lead them away from each other?
Little House on the Prairie, watch out, you have competition! Nelly has nothing on Caroline (from Twist of Fate) and Daniel is the new Charles. Let's start with James and Susan shall we? It's obvious these two are head over heels in love with each other but over time have forgotten the qualities that once took each other's breath away. The qualities that once endeared them to one another are now viewed as annoyances. The sensual tension between these two was electrifying. Abigail is the good daughter who wants the best for her father Daniel. Daniel, having lost his wife a couple of years earlier, had lost the spark in his life. That is, until he meets Susan. There are other quirky characters in the book but I have to say my favorite was Caroline. She was full of manipulation and games yet such a child, a fun character indeed.
On to the plot line. I love this particular story for several reasons. Not only is this not like the other books in the Damaged Heroes series because of the time travel aspect, it is also not your typical romance book. Normally, it's the beautiful young heroine and the devastatingly handsome hero. In Twist of Fate, it's about real people. People who have self-esteem issues, ego issues and control issues. It's about making a decision that will affect the future of many people, not just those involved. It makes you think about the paradox. If you do something in an era gone by, would it affect the future? Who will Susan pick, the man who is everything she could possibly want? Or will she choose the one man that she has always loved that may not love her back?
Twist of Fate is certainly a book that will stay with me for a long time. In fact, when I am driving and every song I hear reminds me of the book, I know that book is going to be a winner. I wish each book had a soundtrack to it, because I heard some perfect songs for it on the way home. It must be said that I have loved every one of the Damaged Heroes books and all for different reasons. Each book can be read as a stand alone book. The one constant is the talent with which Ms. James writes. In my opinion, a talented writer is one who can evoke almost every emotion you possess and still leave you wanting more. Ms. James is most certainly one of the top authors on my list to highly recommend to others. To Ms. James, I would like to say "Job well done and I can't wait to read more." To the potential buyer of this book, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed. If you love Twist of Fate, here is a list of the other books in the series. They are all books you just GOTTA read!
Murphy's Law (Damaged Heroes Book 1)
Free Falling (Damaged Heroes Book 2)
All the right Reasons (Damaged Heroes Book 3)
Faith of the Heart (Damaged Heroes Book 4)