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WHEN LIGHTNING FLASHED

JEANNE ALLEN

Fantasy/Science Fiction//Romance

Double Dragon Publishing

October 2008
ISBN#: 9781554046157

Deanne Kendrick just wanted to go home and rest after a long shift waiting tables but when she was attacked in her own front yard she feared the only rest she'd get that night was death. Almost in answer to her prayer appeared a knight in shining armor, literally, to fend off her attackers before collapsing at her feet. Fearing his injuries might be fatal without medical attention, Deanne rushes her rescuer to the nearest hospital as she tries to figure out a logical explanation for what has happened.

At the hospital Deanne finds that she can suddenly understand her rescuer's strange language and learns his name is Randwulf but that he thinks she is someone named Audrey. Events quickly progress from strange to outright bizarre as a series of visions provide Deanne clues to her strange connection to Audrey and Randwulf. Before Deanne can unravel whether she is dealing with basic time travel, parallel universes or both, she and Randwulf are transported to his time and place where Deanne finds herself at the center of political intrigue, murder and a planned genocide. In a race against time, Deanne must stop a war and decide whether she can trust her heart to Randwulf.

A damsel in distress, a stalwart knight, and a trip through time to set a wrong to right it seems that Jeanne Allen has assembled all the right elements for an awesome fantasy read. While the story's concept does grab the reader, the tale is presented in the form of a novella rather than the full length novel it yearns to be. By condensing the story, Ms. Allen leaves the reader feeling somehow short-changed, not unlike the sensation of getting a sugar-free, fat-free, dessert instead of the decadent one you ordered.

Reviewed by Mairead Walpole on December 22, 2008

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