A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


White Magic Woman by Ju Ephraime is a 2012 release, published by Envision. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Set in the beautiful St. Lucia, Todd and Simonia are enjoying being newlyweds. Todd is doing research in hopes of finding a cure for Malaria.
When he take a break and walks into a local restaurant named Josephine's, his life takes a turn for the worst. A beautiful waitress is attracted to Todd, but he is very happily married, so he doesn't take the bait.
Now every night he is tormented by erotic dreams that leaves him unable to respond to his wife. He is losing sleep and unable to concentrate on his job. When he seeks advice, he is told he is a victim of a scorned witch.

Now he and Simonia, with some help from the family, must take dangerous and drastic measures to free Todd from the witch.

This book is a bit of a departure from the other two books I have read by this author. This is a paranormal/contemporary romance. The couple are already in love and married, hoping to start a family. But, when Todd becomes a victim of the witch's revenge his new marriage is in deep trouble.
Being a typical male, Todd decides he needs to protect his wife and try to solve the problem on his own. Of course, eventually he has to come clean and Simonia shows great strength and courage as she supports her husband. In St. Lucia, tales of Voodoo and black magic are common and part of the culture, so Simonia takes Todd's situation seriously.
But, has Todd told his wife everything? Will their marriage survive?
While Todd suffers from a fictional malady, the witch's curse could be taken metaphorically. Marriages often hit a bump somewhere along the way. Could be money or job stress or anything and guys will often try to cover it up or lie about it to keep their wives from getting mad at them or from worrying. Todd was no exception.
So, underneath the supernatural and erotic tones in the novel, there are some real truths in there too. Being honest and true in a relationship is key to it's success. Together you can come through any crisis. Todd and Simonia have a true love relationship that gives us a fine example of how things could be in a marriage if we would only work together.
This book will appeal to readers of contemporary and paranormal romance.
Overall this a good solid A.

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