Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Lady Who Lived Again

Happy Christmas Eve!  The last day before Christmas!  You either have it done or it is not getting done (which is my current philosophy)!  Though I did get the tree done last night.  I also got the lights on my mother's tree.  I am now baking cookies and am getting the gifts in their gift bags (I am not a wrapper).  I was tickled when my mother's last gift showed up in the mail today!  I did not think it would make it in time.

The Lady Who Lived Again by Thomasine Rappold is A Solve Survivor Novel.  Madeleine Sutter is twenty-four years old and lives in Misty Lake, New York with her grandfather.  She is the sole survivor of an accident that claimed her friend’s lives three years previously.  The town doctor declared her dead (I personally think she was in a coma) and then Maddie woke up the next day.  Now no one in the town will associate with her (they are a superstitious lot).  Maddie did wake up with one little benefit—she has the ability to heal (which she keeps a secret).  Her grandfather tried to convince her to move away, but Maddie will not leave him (he is ill).  Maddie was engaged to Daniel Hogle, but he broke up with her after the accident (the jerk).  Daniel has now returned to town with a new fiancé.  Maddie’s old friend, Amelia Strope is coming back to town to get married.  Amelia wants Maddie to be a part of the bridal party.  Maddie is hoping this will be a chance to show the town that she is the same person that she was before the accident.

Dr. Jace Merrick is the new doctor in town.  He is taking over the practice of Dr. Benjamin Filmore (the doctor who declared Maddie dead).  Jace would like to study Maddie’s case.  He does not believe the superstitious nonsense that the townspeople have been spouting.  They come to a mutual agreement.  Jace will pretend to be engaged to Maddie and escort her the festivities leading up to the wedding as well as the wedding.  Maddie will share information from her accident and recovery with Jace as well as help him with his practice (she is a good assistant and a good organizer).  But Maddie cannot help but use her special powers to help those who are ill.  Can this ruin the budding relationship between Maddie and Jace?  Can Jace ever accept Maddie’s special abilities?  Will the town ever accept Maddie?

The Lady Who Lived Again was a very interesting novel.  It is an historical novel with a paranormal element (which is the best part).  I just wish the paranormal element had been played up a little more.  It took a back seat to the romance in the novel.  The Lady Who Lived Again is easy to read.  My interest was captured right away.  The setting sounded beautiful, and I liked the main characters (especially Maddie’s grandfather) for the most part.  Jace’s attitude grated on my nerves sometimes (especially when he would dismiss Maddie’s ideas).  The Lady Who Lived Again is a good novel to read on a quiet evening.  I give The Lady Who Lived Again 4 out of 5 stars.  It is well-written and engaging.  A good first book in a new series.  I just wish the paranormal element had been more prominent (maybe it will be in the next book).  That is what drew me to the book.  Overall, a very enjoyable book and I will be reading the next book in the series.

The next novel is The Lady Who Saw Too Much.  It will be out in June 2016.  I received a complimentary copy of The Lady Who Lived Again from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

I am currently reading At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings.  I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas!  Enjoy the holidays! Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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