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"...Rowie desperately wanted a change. But sometimes she wondered if she'd ever have the courage." Rowie and the female members of her family are clairaudient, clairvoyant and clairsentient, which means they can hear, see and feel things about the present and future that others call psychic. But all of them use their "gifts" for good, giving advice that may save a life, move out of a dead-end job, find a true love and more. But Rowie Shakespeare wants something more than sharing in the work of running Second Site, one of Manhattan's leading centers for metaphysical goods, research and education. But how is Rowie to continue the Shakespeare line without love and marriage?
After Drew Henderson falls through a roof while covering the weather scene in Florida before an imminent hurricane, there's no one to fill his TV spot. Then someone remembers Rowie's weather predictions which haven't been wrong for three years. Suddenly Rowie's got the change for which she yearned, Drew's job and trouble's a' brewing for Drew's girlfriend who hired Rowie. When Drew receives an unexpected healing of his broken leg, he's a new man in more ways than one.
Seems everyone is getting a new look at New Age healers and psychics. But Rowie's looking for something different, for she knows she will be with her true love when she cannot see anything about that person's past, present or future. It might even mean she loses her job because of someone else's jealousy. While the connections might initially seem more like a curse in motion, it's still a sweet, romancing story that rings true and endears the soul of the reader.
Forecast is a lovely read! The characters are funny, strange in an enchanting way, and exciting enough that you want to keep reading and see how it all evolves. In between the romance are surprising scenes about the female Shakespeare's experiences with mermaid energy, Selkie lovers, their dead relatives, exquisite fairies and more. It's all presented, however, without the usual "weird" style and high drama and all the more effective in Jane Tara's charming presentation.
I foresee that anyone who enjoys an unpredictable, romantic story is going to love this novel!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 7, 2007