Thursday, March 26, 2009

Reviewette – “Light Through Fog” by Holly Lisle

Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Story: 8 of 24
Pages: 21
Romance Featured: Human
Opening Line: “Can he still see us, Mama?”

This is a hauntingly brilliant story about second chances. Sam and Sarah are married, with two wonderful kids. They are soul mates and each other’s childhood sweetheart until Sam is killed in a car accident. Sarah is devastated and bereft. In a moment of peace after the funeral Sarah retreats to a tiny island on their property where they had built a whimsical adult tree house together. Sarah plans to spread Sam’s ashes – a promise they had made to one another. As a fog rolls in she hears a voice and then a figure emerges from the mist – Sam. Whether dreaming, or going crazy or not Sarah embraces a last opportunity for a goodbye she never had the chance to say. Only she discovers Sam is there to cast her ashes. To him it is she that is dead. Two intimately connected survivors drawn together from alternate realities.

There are plenty of additional surprises and deeply moving scenes in this marvelous tale as we glimpse their few precious encounters. Only on the island can they manifest and connect infrequently. Light Through Fog follows their lives to their conclusion when all becomes clear. My favourite so far - this one really hit the romance mark.

Mini Profile of Holly Lisle
Writes paranormal suspense and romance, fantasy, SF, and young adult fiction, and gives very unorthodox courses on writing.

More about the anthology and ‘reviewettes’ here.


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