by Constance O`Day-Flannery

November 2004
ISBN: 0-765-34889-6
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Shifting Love by Constance O’Day-Flannery is the launch book for publisher Tor’s new paranormal romance line. This story is a fine start. Ms. O’Day-Flannery takes us into a world with shape-shifters. It’s a world where the Sacred Feminine hasn’t been forgotten, but is used to heal the wounds of the heart.

Maggie O’Shea is a woman paying for a past mistake. Working at her store in Philadelphia, she uses her powers to help make people happy. Falling in love isn’t an option for her, so she fulfills her life by finding satisfaction in what she does. Loneliness weighs heavily on her until she meets Julian McDonald.

Julian has no interest in relationships ever since he lost his wife. As a wealthy and handsome man, he has developed a cynical attitude towards love and women. Then Maggie enters his life and he begins to think about a future with her. He finds enjoyment in life and the world again. She has brought sunshine and love back into his life. He’s not willing to let her go.

Unfortunately, she must go. Her goal is to teach Julian to love again and then she has to move on. The secret society she works for is deeply interested in Julian. Their plans for his future aren’t willing to take in consideration his love for Maggie. Will Julian and Maggie find a way to reconcile their love with the plans of the society or will they have to part?

With interest in the Sacred Feminine at an all time high, Ms. O’Day-Flannery has brought a new twist to the idea. The society Maggie works for is the type people like to read about. Maggie is a strong character. She’s willing to deny herself for the good of the man she loves. Julian is a wounded hero who finds courage to reach out and love again. Both are well written and complex enough to keep the reader’s interest. While the shape shifting part of the story seems weak, the rest of the story moves at a steady pace and makes the reader eager to read the sequel when it comes out.

Shifting Love is a touching story about learning to love again, no matter how much pain might be involved.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Jenni.

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