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GARGOYLE: THREE ENCHANTING ROMANCE NOVELLAS
Beth Barany, Kay Keppler, and Patricia Simpson
In "On a Wing and a Prayer" an adorable garden gargoyle seeks to protect his owner, Beatrix, and gets some help from an unexpected place. This novella is charming and Craig, the gargoyle, is a great character. This is a cute story, which will make you smile.
"Touchstone of Love" is a time-travel romance, in which, Rose Walden is sent to 13th century France during a freak storm. There Rose meets Julien, a mason, who is secretly sculpting a gargoyle to enter into a competition. While the romance in this story is enchanting, there wasn't much of the gargoyle in the plot. I found this lack of gargoyle a little disappointing.
My favorite novella in this anthology, "The Miller's Daughter", is about Merofled, who has been sentenced to burn as a witch, and Alaric, who has been tasked with overseeing her execution. Merofled's sentence is postponed, when she volunteers to go with Alaric to rescue a farmer's son, who has been taken by a gargoyle. Merofled, who has a way with animals, realizes the gargoyle is just different and misunderstood, like Merofled, herself. Alaric realizes that Merofled has been unjustly accused and seeks to save her. These two make an appealing couple, who are a little ahead of their time.
Because I love gargoyle stories, I enjoyed this anthology. I recommend this anthology to readers, who enjoy gargoyle tales.
NOTE: I received this book in return for an unbiased review.