This superb story has a mistreated but intelligent and strong heroine and an attractive and wise hero. The secondary characters are quite marvelous, and the little thread of magic that winds its way through the story and ties things up nicely at the end is skillfully done.
Tina has been living in near poverty on one of Jay's properties with his 16-year-old sister, due to the manipulations of a dishonest steward. When Jay meets Tina, he realizes he's not averse to having her for a wife. Tina is also willing to marry him, even if it goes against the prophecy of her gypsy great-grandmother. But danger and destiny are in their future, as well as love and a touch of sorrow. (SAMHAIN, Sep. '08, 304 pp., $15.00)