Breaking The Rules
Ursula Elcester find no happiness in the thought of her upcoming marriage, arranged by her father in order to keep Elcester village and the home park safely in the family. But it may take more than marriage to bring safety to the village. Something’s not right in the forest, something that may be beyond mere human hands to set right.
Sandra Heath has taken fantasy to heart and once again woven it through her Regency world. Drawing on Celtic lore and magic, Heath writes a tale reminiscent of the mischievousness and fey beauty of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here we have no less than three couples vying for true happiness against otherworldly spells and vengeful desires. The strength of this novel, however, rests not on the light romance but on her descriptions which urge the reader to use all the senses, senses which cannot help but say that here is rural 19th century England at its full and most enchanting. Yet this charm is at times jeopardized, even for a fairy tale, because of strained verisimilitude and suspension of disbelief. In all, Heath’s latest is a mixed blessing.