Enchanted by Starlight by Tina L. Hook
Paperback and e-book, 336 pages*CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform*Published October 16th 2012 (first published March 21st 2012)
Be careful what you wish for… Grace, Skylar and Alina are connected by destiny when an enchanted comet crosses the night sky. As their most secret ambitions ignite, their ordinary lives take a magical detour down a powerful but dangerous path.
Grace, emerging from her dejected childhood, develops the power to make men fall in love with her. Skylar leaves her impoverished past behind and pursues the social status she has always longed for. Without dreams of her own, Alina covets the power to unravel other lives and seeks revenge. As they crash into and slip away from each other in a cycle of envy, deception and love lost, these three women are forced to look deeper into their own hearts for the true meaning of enchantment.
About the author:
Tina L. Hook grew up in Orlando, Florida where she earned a Liberal Arts degree from Rollins College. After her early career in South Florida, she eventually settled into small town life near Nashville with her husband and two cats. When she is not daydreaming over a blinking cursor, she is blogging at GirlwithaNewLife.com. Enchanted by Starlight is her first novel.
How many kids have wished upon a star or comet throughout their childhood? What happens is adults did this and their wished came true? Author Tina L. Hook has taken this concept and created an interesting, promising novel with Enchanted By Starlight. Three women--Grace, Skylar and Alina--make wishes upon a comet but this is a special comet and the wishes they made each come true. Grace was a lonely girl and now she has men falling for her. A poor childhood made Skylar uncomfortable in social situations and now she finds herself with social grace. Alina is all about revenge and dealing with others. Why did each woman choose what they did? The novel reveals their reasons over time, showing us the three as teens up to adulthood. Some handle their gift gratefully but others get heady over the power trip.
While I thought the entire premise of the story about these three women and their comet gifts was very unique, I found myself confused at times. With three different point-of-views, there were numerous names and events to keep track of and some of the transitions lost me so I had to go back over sections to keep proper track of everything. While the female characters were realistic and believable, the men seemed flat. Hook has a way with words and dialogue. Her characters speak and emote so convincingly and her scenery and settings were spot-on. I did enjoy reading this novel but felt my experience would have been even richer if the execution was smoother.
Book source: I received a paperback copy in exchange for my honest review.