Ten years ago, when she was a struggling young attorney, Nora Barr accepted work from the strangest pair of clients shed ever run across: a tall handsome stranger calling himself Aethelstan Blackstone and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, who wanted Nora to hide a comatose woman named Emma for 10 years.

The coma is actually the result of a spell cast 1000 years ago by Emmas stepmother, a witch named Ealhswith. The spell was triggered by a kiss from Blackstone. Since then, Blackstone and Ealhswith have been battling for custody of the glass case which contains Emmas body. To break the curse, Emma must stay out of Ealhswiths custody for 10 years. The duo ask Nora to hide Emma from Ealhswith and themselves for 10 years, until Emma is awakened and Blackstone will get his true love back.

Even with all she saw, Nora had trouble believing any of it is real, but she followed through with her side of the bargain. Now 10 years later, it is time to set Emma free. But what is Nora going to do with a young girl from the Dark Ages who has been asleep for 1000 years? Then there is the problem of Noras attraction to a wizard long ago promised to another. And no one should forget the wrath of an angry witch, for Ealhswith is certainly going to want to wreak havoc.

UTTERLY CHARMING is an utterly delightful, delicious read! This fractured fairy tale is truly original, humorous and fun-loving. Kristine Grayson makes an outstanding debut! (On-sale Feb., 319 pp., $5.99)

EDITORS’ NOTE: This review is for the original publication of this title, published by Zebra in February 2000. The novel has since been re-released by Sourcebooks with a new cover.

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith