Book Review by Debbie Winkler
Author: edited by Christine A. Gee
Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory (November 2000)
ISBN: 1582005648, EAN: 9781582005645
Target Age Group: adults
My Rating:3/5 stars, Some Good, Some Bad, Mostly Average
Millennium Magic is a collection of 6 stores written by 6 different authors. It includes:
‘The Colored World’ by Roberta Gellis – Michael Curlew has lived his whole life in shades of grey and has no idea what colors are, until he is mysteriously transported to Una Teague’s world, where everything is bursting with color. Michael wants nothing more than to stay with Una, but he cannot leave his mother behind alone and his presence in Una’s world seems to threaten its very existence!
‘Black Satin at Midnight’ by Robin Bayne – Luke Carver spotted the petite siren right away at the New Year’s Eve party and managed to get his midnight kiss from her, but then she disappeared. Resigned to never finding the mysterious woman, Luke is stunned to realize that Cara Janson is his daughter’s new teacher. Luke tries to persuade Cara that they have a future together, but Cara is convinced that the world is going to end on the stroke of midnight, 2000.
‘The Bride Seeker’ by Jackie Kramer – Sydney Parker was furious at her boss’ attitude that she should let all of the credit go to her younger, male coworker because she was just going to get married and have babies soon anyway. Sydney was perfectly capable of taking care of herself, thank you very much! So when a drop-dead gorgeous hunk drops in from the future, claiming that she is his perfect mate, Sydney isn’t buying it. There is more to love than protection, support and sex. Determined to win her, Srgt. Drake Fremont persuades Sydney to teach him how to woo a woman, all the while trying to get her to stay in his world…
‘The First of Someday’ by Jane Bierce – Doreen Madison had been married to a wonderful man for 21 years. But when he grew ill and died, leaving Doreen behind with some wonderful children and no money, Doreen just retreated into a safe little world and put her dreams aside. She didn’t want to go to the New Year’s Eve party with her daughter and son-in-law, but didn’t want to let them down. At the party, she met the handsome Lance Hoffman, a coworker of her son-in-law who seemed to be interested in her. But she was much too old for him and had put all of her dreams on hold, hadn’t she?
‘The Love Bug’ by Diana Kirk – Katie O’Keefe sent all of her coworkers home to enjoy the holidays with their families and stayed to wait for the computer expert to show up to keep their whole system from crashing on New Year’s Eve. She wasn’t expecting the computer repair guy to be such a hunk, though! If Katie hadn’t promised her best friend to go to a party with her, she would throw it all aside for some more time with the sexy stranger. But he didn’t even seem to be interested in her – she didn’t even know his name!
‘The Ghost of Love’ by Jane Toombs – Lilibeth Spencer, named for her great-aunt, had finally come home to the Spencer mansion. She thought she had left all of her bittersweet memories behind when she moved away to college, but after seeing Ross Collins again, it was like no time had passed at all. With her Aunt Lilibeth’s ghost urging Beth to follow her heart and marry for love, Beth starts doubting her choice of fiances and has to do some serious soul-searching to decide who is the right man for her…
All six of the stories were pretty well written, but some of them were much more entertaining than others. My favorite was ‘The Colored World’ just because it was such an interesting story, but there really wasn’t much of a romance in it. My favorite romance of the anthology was ‘The Bride Seeker’ because it had a sexy, futuristic hero who as trying so hard to be what the heroine wanted, but had no clue! I also enjoyed ‘The Love Bug’ and ‘The Ghost of Love’, but they were both so short that it was hard to really feel anything for the characters. ‘Black Satin at Midnight’ is the most dated of the stories as the heroine’s fears about the world coming to an end seem far fetched and laughable. ‘The First of Someday’ was the weakest of the anthology, though, with a ‘poor-me’ heroine who couldn’t attract a handsome, younger man if her life depended on it! It was an average anthology with a few stand out moments, but nothing special.
This is an anthology of romance stories, but, as they are all so short, there are all pretty clean. Appropriate for readers ages 14 and up.