Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Enchanted by Elaine Cantrell


Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected.  Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either.  When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.


Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University.  She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors.  Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest.  When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
Her latest book is the fantasy romance, The Enchanted.
Visit her website at www.elainecantrell.com.
I confess, I was a bit surprised at how much I liked this book. While not as detailed as I usually like, I fell in love with Alan and Morgane immediately.  Both Alan and Morgane have been treated poorly by their fathers, who happen to be kings, leaving them with scars, both physical and emotional.  A forced marriage leaves them uncertain about each other as well as the future. What are they to do? Especially when the kingdom is under attack from an enchanter.  Can they find a way to save the kingdom and perhaps find some happiness along the way?
My favorite characters were Alan and Morgane of course, but I also really liked Alan's mother, who changes Alan's view of things along the way, while offering him the love and support that he has craved his whole life. Morgane has a spirited heart but after a lifetime of abuse at her father's hands she is ready to give up. I loved watching as Alan's kindness  offers her hope for something better than she has ever had, but will it be enough?  There were some characters that I seriously disliked as well. The author has done a fine job of creating characters that are easy to love or hate.
The story moves along very quickly. I found myself immersed in the story within the first few pages, wanting to know what would happen to the sensitive Alan who would much rather paint than fight and who has no desire to remarry, despite his father's wishes. Danger threatens just as Alan and Morgane start to reconcile themselves to their situation. A beautiful princess froma neighboring kingdom, who is obviously untrustworthy, a band of renegades led by her twin sister, and the return of enchantment to the kingdom provide additional challenges to Alan and Morgane.  All in all a great adventure that I can heartily recommend.

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