Thursday, April 5, 2012

Throwback Thursday - 2 in one Nora Roberts novellas

I have 2 novellas by Nora Roberts today:

Ever After
Publisher:Jove Mass Market Paperback
First published in 1999 in the anthology Once Upon a Star

This compelling story by #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Nora Roberts was originally published in the romance anthology "Once Upon a Star." Wearing an ancient star pendant, an enchanting woman journeys to an otherworldly land--and introduces a skeptical stranger to the magical powers of love.

Ever After was originally published in the anthology, Once Upon a Star, which features novellas by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman. It was recently released on audiobook.  There are only 3 discs so it is a really fast listen.  It was a nice little story about fate and destiny with a bit of a supernatural twist thrown in to the mix.  Elaine seems to be good at nothing, yet in her search for finding a place to fit in, she gains a ton of knowledge about a lot of things.  She just needed someone to point this out to her. This is where Connall comes in. He has hidden himself away on his family's island trying to ignore his destiny. I'm not sure I bought into Elaine falling in love with Connall after like 5 minutes.  I believed Connell's reluctance to buy into fate a bit more.Still, I liked them together and was rooting for them in the end. If you are looking for something light and easy to listen to on your ride into work, try this one out.

Winter Rose
Publisher:Jove Mass Market Paperback
First published in 2001 in the anthology Once Upon a Rose

On a remote island cursed with eternal winter, a young queen heals a wounded soldier--and warms her heart with the joys of true love.

Winter Rose is another novella that was published in an anthology.  Once Upon a Rose also features works by Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman.  Winter Rose is a slight take on the Beauty and the Beast theme, except the princess is not a beast, she just does not have the capacity to love after being cursed by an evil aunt.  Prince Kyle stumbles into her kingdom which is forever encased in snow.  I think I liked this one better than Ever After.  I bought into the fairy tale and I do love a good fairy tale.  I think that this one could have made a good longer book had there been more background about Kyle.  I always want more with novellas.  This one is also 3 discs, so it is a very quick listen. Try it out!

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