One Enchanted Evening
by L.A. Kelley
Restlessness plagued Charlotte Becker. Unable to settle down, she moved from place to place searching for an elusive something to calm her turbulent spirit. A sudden invitation from her sister sends her across country to Lobster Cove, Maine. Anchors abound by the sea, but surely nothing would keep her rooted in place in a pokey resort town during the off-season.
Drawn into a consignment shop named One Enchanted Evening, Charlotte is confronted by a mysterious article of clothing requesting her help to stop a man in a wolf mask from killing women. Charlotte agrees to protect the citizens of Lobster Cove and find the hunter before an innocent is slain.
Luke Maddox’s hunting days are over. Wounded in action, he left the Marines to return to Lobster Cove, the only place to bring him peace as a child. Hiding his disability, he accepts life will be nothing more than dull routine. Then he meets a singular young woman wearing an unusual cloak. She tells an incredible story of a wolf that walks on two legs.
And the hunt begins…
In One Enchanted Evening fantasy, humor, and romance are wrapped up in the cheeky retelling of a fairy tale. You will never look at a clothing from a consignment shop the same way again.
Charlotte stood back by a large bay window to wait her turn. Peering idly around, she caught her reflection in the plate glass and raised an eyebrow. Wow, the boot/blazer/jeans combination really worked. Everyone nearby was focused on the sample table, so she checked out her butt. Damn, the boots rocked it.
“Would you like to try a sample?”
Charlotte turned around and locked eyes with the handsome server. Flush rose to her cheeks at the thought he had witnessed the subtle butt-check maneuver, but his expression gave no reaction as he held out a piece of buttered bread. “It’s our own blend. All you do is add it to softened butter or cream cheese. On sale today.”
She took a bite. The spread had a spicy tang with a pleasant kick. “It’s delicious. I’ll take a packet.”
The man didn’t say a word other than thank you. An elderly woman at the cash register bagged her order. At the door, Charlotte looked back. The man caught her glance, flashed a cheeky grin, and gave two very enthusiastic thumbs up of approval.
Red-faced, Charlotte scurried out the door and headed for the waterfront.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One Enchanted Evening by L.A. Kelley is a 2014 Wild Rose Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Touted as a modern day spin on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale, this book piqued my interest since I am always keeping my eyes open for something a little off the beat path.
Charlotte is at loose ends and has promised her sister she would stick around Lobster Cove, Maine for at least a month and will try to keep her mind open to the possibility of settling down there. But, the sleepy community has some oddities, one of which is a consignment shop that seems to make it's own hours. When Charlotte's sister wrangles an invitation to a Halloween costume party for Charlotte, the consignment shop is the best place to look for a last minute costume. Who would ever have thought the red cape Charlotte ended up with would be enchanted.
Luke is an ex- military guy with a few war scars, and disabilities he hides quite well. When he and Charlotte interrupt a horrific attack they soon discover they have been chosen to discover the identity of a “wolf” who was responsible the first attack, and will most certainly attack again. The red cape becomes their partner as it whispers inside information to Charlotte as she and Luke try to flush out the “Wolf”.
Well, if it's an imaginative tale you seek, then this one is what you are looking for. A mystery thriller with a paranormal element, which parallels with the Red Riding Hood story. The killer's identity and the reasons behind the attacks were not the book's strong suit. I don't know why I didn't really get the Wolf part of things, but I suppose the wolf was simply a whack job or there was some sort of symbolism involved which I didn't latch onto, or maybe the reasoning was not meant to be a big puzzle to solve. What I did like was the whimsical aspects of the story and I was happy to see Charlotte find a place to hang her hat, a love interest, and apparently a new purpose. This story is certainly different, and I would recommend keeping your mind open when you start reading this one. Since I don't normally read anything along these lines I was not sure what rating to settle on, but since the story was so unique I think I will go with 3.5 stars.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
L. A. Kelley is married with three children and lives in Florida where the heat and humidity have driven everyone slightly mad. She never cleans under her sofa.
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