Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gifts of Fate by Alanea Alder

Gifts of Fate (MM, MF)
Title: Gifts of Fate
Series: Kindred of Arkadia, 7
Author: Alanea Alder
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F, M/F/M, M/M
Word Count:21,734
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
It’s Christmas in Arkadia. Which could only mean one thing. Chaos! The babies are due any minute and Rian is on a rampage trying to get the Pride House ready to be featured in the Council newsletter.
Even though it’s supposed to be the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" the newly mated couples are finding it hard to get into the spirit. Tempers are running high and nerves are frayed. Fear and doubt linger throughout the town like an oppressive, dark cloud. Will the mated couples be saying Merry Christmas or good-bye to the ones they love? Can the town avoid death and tragedy?
Will Fate bless these couples twice in one year? Who will receive Gifts of Fate?

I love my visits back to Arkadia and Gifts of Fate reminded me why.  It was Christmas in August (doesn’t sound as good as July, but oh well) and the gang’s all here.  This book definitely must be read in chronological order as it catches us up to date with the characters and residents we have grown to love.
I honestly don’t know how Ms. Alder manages to do it time after time.  She gives us stories that allow us to laugh and cry, sometimes all at once.  With this story, she gave us little vignettes of the changes that are happening with each couple.  They continue to love even as real life steps in and provides challenges to be overcome.  Happiness and community are also prevalent as the town of Arkadia continues to grow with the addition of a baby boom.
I adored seeing how this community embodies the spirit of Christmas even as they face down a small measure of evil.  I can’t wait to see what happens next for the Kindred of Arkadia.

                   Five Shooting Stars!!

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