by Nancy Werlin
Summary from Goodreads:
"Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?
A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin.Inspired by the classic folk ballad "Scarborough Fair," this is a wonderfully riveting and haunting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy."
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I expected it to be full of fantasy; with all the talk about an Elfin Knight who wants to own every one of the Scarborough girls, I expected some mischief from him or something now and then. Unfortunately the Elfin Knight, although making an appearance, didn’t do much but taunt Lucy to give up or hypnotize those around him to get information about his current victim. Also the fact that he hasn’t done anything to disrupt or interfere with any of the circumstances going on, noting that he’s a very powerful fae, is kind of a rip off. Not that I don’t want Lucy to succeed and all but there wasn’t anything shaking up the chapters from our antagonist. The only time I saw him do any damage was when he possessed Gray and raped Lucy.
Speaking of chapters, I got a little confused with all the shifting of point of views. It’s not that hard to understand and catch up once you get how to identify them but a little forewarning would help a lot.
I love Lucy and Zach’s romance. They’re perfect together and I like the chemistry between them. Although I didn’t buy the whole “we’re friends now then suddenly I’m in love with you” thing, totally forgivable since I find their relationship so sweet.
What I appreciated most from this book was the values it provides readers. I’ve always been Pro-life, in which of course, abortion is a big no-no. I admired Lucy for not even having the slightest urge to have her baby aborted, even though others gave her the option. I also like the idea of showing that life does not end with one heartbreaking event. Of all things, I also admire the idea that when faced with hardships, family and true friends, will always be there to help you out; no one is ever alone in times of trouble.