Mystical Love

Stephy Smith
Mystical Love
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Astraea Press
Release Date
January 2013
Historical Romance

The gypsies have always been subject to ridicule by the non-gypsy communities. Aisley Smith knew of the dangers from an early age as her family and the clan traveled from one area to the next. When they settled on Caddo Lake in east Texas, she spied a young, golden skin man. Her mind took her to places her body would not be allowed to go if he were a gaje.

Sam Grey remembered Aisley Smith as a child. But when his father sent him to request they be allowed to join her clan, he soon found she had grown into a beautiful temptress. How could he ever protect her from the gaje when he couldn't stop his own heart from her mystical love?

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Apr 17, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
87 people found the following review helpful
MYSTICAL LOVE is a very innocent story of new love. This is a different perspective for me in the world of the Rom or gypsies, and it is also set in a bygone era.

I was somewhat confused about gypsies being in East Texas in 1870. I know that maybe they could be but I never heard of this before this story. I felt like I was in a very innocent tale but the harsh problems that Aisley faces are really severe. She loses her parents in a gruesome manner and has to face the world with the man she loves, Sam Grey. It could have been a very moving story for teenagers, but not really for adults.

Though the story moved me, the writing wasn't smooth. It felt stilted and didn't feel like it flowed as smooth as it should. However, the idea of a different kind of lifestyle was intriguing enough to keep me reading.

I know the author has talent and unique ideas but it wasn't my kind of tale. I found myself uncertain in my concern for these characters. You knew what the ending would be but you wanted more. I applaud her effort and imagination though.

That said, I think this could be a very interesting story for young adults. I would love to read more of her work of a different sort.
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