Berkley, May 2010, $7.99
Following her cousin’s wedding the bride gives to Julia Brodie the amethyst necklace that she believes brought her love to her. Julia puts on the necklace and instantly leaves her world.
Fifteen years ago Talon McClure received a magical ring. Using the ring, he began a career finding lost objects. He is so good at it; his customers call him the "Wizard". His current assignment is to find a golden lamp and chalice. However, for the first time since he put on the ring, he fails. Desperate, he makes a wish for help and immediately Julia appears. Attracted from the first, the couple succeeds in obtaining the objects, but flees as the lamp owner gives chase. As they begin to share their respective pasts, the lamp directs them to a castle occupied by misfits like themselves while evil pursues them.
The newest Jewels of Time fantasy romance (see Sapphire Dreams) is a wonderful entry in a fun series. The lead couple is a fascinating pairing as she has the necklace and he the ring, but it is their hearts that make the magic. The audience will relish Pamela Montgomerie’s entertaining tale.