April 23, 2015

Ten Fingers Touching by Ellen A. Roth



Summary:

Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil's sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers - Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil's desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they are drawn into the conflict.

Will the soulmates realize their "happily ever after?" Martak must first unravel the curse and destroy evil. In this land where magical forces vie for dominance, could true love be the most powerful weapon of all?

A beautifully illustrated tale for women of all ages, Ten Fingers Touching explores the complex nature of love and fate. It is an enchanting journey of romance, mystery and adventure. Ellen A. Roth's debut novella is an imaginative take on a classic genre-and a treat for the romantic soul.

Review:

Great book to read if you're into traditional gender roles, cliches, and more telling than showing. The romance was lame and cliched within an inch of it's life.  The good vs evil sections were better written, though still left something wanting. 

Good is a female, which is great, but the rest of the book is about how Marianna raises and tutors a princess and is known mostly for her radiance, while Martak is the forest controlling hero who uses his love of Marianna to beat Evil. There's even a part where he acts like a creepy stalker if you're into that too. 

The only thing that makes this for adults are the insinuations of sex (and the overuse of the word desire) . It's very PG otherwise. 

The illustrations are beautiful and the best part of the book. This is definitely a fairy tale for those who enjoy romance with no imagination. I appreciate the effort to make it look like a fairy tale book though.

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