- Paperback: 261 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743417909
- ISBN-13: 978-0743417907
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,663,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
As is her usual style, Hunter pits the lead male and female characters against each other. Sparks, both romantic and other, fly. Morweena Halliwell has lived on the Island of Abandon for most of her life while her father researched the ties the island had to King Arthur. Anthony Hartstone recently inherited the island from his brother and uses it as a bargaining tool in getting a child labor bill passed through parliament.
Since the new owner, the Marquess of Camelbourne, requires several major renovations before he takes possession of the island, Anthony is stuck on Abandon until all work is completed. In the meantime, Morweena is determined to change his mind about selling her homeland and uses all of the powers at her disposal.
With the right combination of humor and romance the story flows along carrying the reader on a peaceful and relaxing journey. You can always count on Hunter's support characters to be interesting and colorful. I haven't read a book by Jillian Hunter in which I didn't laugh out loud at some point during the story. Abandon also holds true to this, with humor entwined throughout. The sight of Morweena being chased down a hill by the local warlock, who casts spells on villagers for a price, is so hilarious that the reader can't help but chuckle. Maybe I should tell you that the evil sorcerer is chasing Morweena because she threw rocks at him. She threw them trying to save he released a puppy that he was planning to use in a spell. A large rock hit him, allowing the puppy to escape his grasp. Having the puppy running around growling and nipping at the heels of the warlock only added comedic fodder to the entire scene. It was pure Jillian Hunter and a mental image that will remain with readers for a long time.
Although I enjoyed Abandon and found it to be a quick read, I was more fond of Indiscretion the book published prior to this one. If you're in the mood for a few giggles, a heart-warming romance, and a mystery aspect that most people can figure out, then this is definitely the book for you to read, as are any of her previous novels.
Rumor has it that Jillian Hunter's next book is due out in August. I can't wait!
Anthony becomes enamored with Morwanna and the two are forced to marry. Morwenna continues her search for King Arthur's cave in her effort to finish her late father's book, as mysteries and legends abound.
Mysticism, romance, and mystery are all packed into this wonderful novel. The relationship between the hero and heroine is exciting, starting as an attraction and evolving into a stronger love when both realize that they are not enemies after all. The supporting players are wonderful and add much to the fantasy and suspense elements of the book. A MUST READ
Morwenna Halliwell was a descendant of Morgan le Fay, the Enchantress. Abandon was enshrouded in legends that all who lived there believed. The people looked to Morwenna to change Anthony's mind about selling Abandon. The plans of the Marquess would scare off all the fish and the villagers would starve.
At first, all believed Anthony to be cold. None knew he could not stop the sell without killing hundreds or thousands of children. Not even when he fell under Morwenna's innocent spell; or was it a spell from another source? There was a raven that warned of danger and considered to be King Arthur. Lilies were pulled up by their roots only to grow back within minutes. Fairies and Wee People seemed to be everywhere. A strange book with messages and an even stranger white cat kept appearing and disappearing with odd timing. There was a self proclaimed dark sorcerer to cause trouble, strange sounds and sightings, and dark mists that were so thick you could not see your hand in front of your face! Between all the odd things going on and his attraction to Morwenna, Anthony never stood a chance!
***** I do believe that Jillian Hunter could be an Enchantress herself! Here she has taken the legends surrounding King Arthur and created a magical masterpiece that could convert any non-believer! Awesome tale!
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