Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Lady Who Lived Again by Thomasine Rappold

Madeline was good friends with the other young women her age.  They flirted, danced, and had fun together.  In one unfortunate moment, all that changed...

Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published December 8th.

When lightening struck, the horse on the wagon was scared and took off.  All the young women died, even Madeline.  However, Madeline woke back up.  Now the whole town thinks she was possessed by a demon.  Normal people don't rise again.  She also killed all those other girls.  She becomes a pariah in her own hometown.

She doesn't leave because her grandfather is there.  He needs her and she needs him.  What she does do is try only to go into town when she has to.  Otherwise she stays in her own prison.

When a new doctor comes to town, she first meets him when he's hunting on her land.  He's shot a deer.  She removes his arrow and heals the deer.  This is a new ability she developed after nearly dying.  She tells no one about it.  And she lies to the doctor about the deer.  It was an odd first meeting.  He knows he had a kill shot and he suspicions she's not telling him the whole truth, but he lets it go.

Her best friend has asked her to be in her wedding.  She doesn't want to but she'll do it for her.  When her ex-fiance taunts her in the dress shop, she tells him she'll be at the wedding with her fiance.  Then she visits the doctor and asks him to play the part of fiance.  He agrees if she'll tell him how she managed to recover from her almost fatal accident.  She agrees to work for him in the office doing paperwork and clean up.  She also does some healing when he's not looking.  After all, he doesn't believe in any of that hocus pocus stuff.

There's a bit more sex in this story than I like but the story itself was well written and a good tale.  He's is not marrying because he's a doctor; she's not marrying because of her secret.  Sometimes things change.  There's lots of drama and a happy ending, so all is not lost.

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