A Star in the Earth

Author: C.J. Winters
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Susan DiPlacido

10090401A Star in the Earth is a sequel of sorts to C.J. Winter's time- travel romance Moon Night. I say "of sorts" because though Star picks up and follows the daughter and a close friend of the main couple in Moon Night, one certainly doesn't have to read Moon first to follow or appreciate Star, because it stands on its own, both in plot and characters, and also background understanding.

Winters does an admirable job of weaving the necessary history from Moon Night into this new book smoothly and with lack of confusion and by folding it into the plot so there are no boring stops or stilted recaps. But even better, her characters pop with life as she slowly turns up the sizzle in this complex romance. Set in the early 1900's, Emilee Schuyler is the young, rambunctious girl just out of school who's forsaken a trip to Europe with her parents to go back home to Colorado to take her new position as vice president of the family company, and to claim the man of her dreams, Jake Livingston, as her husband. All of her plans are a shock to Jake, a strong and steady guy who's a longtime friend of the family and has just been promoted to president of the company, completely unaware that it's Emilee who's going to be filling his old position. And he's even more unaware of her feelings for him. Jake helped raise Emilee as a youngster, and he's just gotten engaged to a scrumptious town widow. Expanding the traditional love triangle into an even more complex situation, it's almost immediately that Jake's young secretary, Anthony Parmenter, takes an immediate shine to the willful and brash Emilee.

But these folks have more pressing matters than romance to attend to, as a foreign businessman named Herr Schmidt has taken a deep interest in one of Schuyler Enterprises holdings, the Fallen Star silver mine. However, armed with knowledge about future events from her time-traveling parents, Emilee, against Jake's wishes is adamant against selling.

My only tiny quibble is Herr Schmidt's dialogue, which occasionally sounds a bit more like yoda-speak rather than the inverted German syntax Winters is striving for. But that's a very minor nitpick. Because overall, Star is both a sweet and sultry romance and an engrossing page-turner. Winters effectively weaves the different threads together and keeps the reader attached to the charming characters to create a fully satisfying novel.

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October 28, 2004 in Paranormal Romance | Permalink | Comments (0)