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Into the Mist [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Sinclair
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April 15 2008
In this sequel to Miracle in the Mist, Karrie Henderson—the amnesiac victim of an abusive marriage—finds herself alone in a blizzard wandering the streets of the village of Tarrytown, New York. Guides from the nearby misty and timeless village of Renaissance find her and take her there. Living with the village weaver, Clara Webb, and healing in the security of a new love, Frank Donovan, Karrie is guided through her painful memories a little at a time. Frank must also come to terms with his pain and loss, but the village of Renaissance has a way of healing the soul and opening the heart to all kinds of possibilities.

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"[Here is] the sequel to Miracle in the Mist. The book is cleverly plotted to make the reader believe there is such a place somewhere for broken people to come heal."  —A Romance Review

About the Author

Elizabeth Sinclair is the author of several books, including Baptism in Fire, Eye of the Dream, and Miracle in the Mist. Her books have sold in 19 countries and been translated into nine foreign languages. She lives outside St. Augustine, Florida.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little too good to be true Jan. 22 2012
By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Help, I need help, help me!"

It's late and there is no one out, no cars on the road and why is there blood on her hands? "Help me!!!" She spies a light and follows it. When she arrives the door opens and she is welcomed in, almost as though they had been waiting for her.

Carrie has no idea that she is in Tarrytown, New York on this cold snowy night and in fact, she doesn't even know her own name. She does know that she needs help. Fortunately for her, she has arrived at the door step of Irma, Meghan and Steve. They work with the community of 'Renaissance' to help those people who are in need of finding themselves.

Renaissance is a community that exists beyond the usual realm of time. It becomes visible to the outside world only when there is a person in need of their special services. Irma helps guide these lost souls to the gateway and Meghan and Steve act as gatekeepers.

This is the second book in the series, the first being Miracle in the Mist, though you can easily read this second book without having read the first. Author Elizabeth Sinclair has written an enjoyable though slightly predictable story. I found the first third of the book just a little to 'goody two shoes' for me. The story starts the day before Christmas eve in a picture perfect setting with four people sitting and waiting for the people in need. Too cute. I found the resolutions to some of the 'issues' to be too easy. The logic was presented, and boom, the person was over it. While we learn a lot about the issues surrounding the main characters, we don't really learn much about them as people. There wasn't much to make me want to care about them.

Into the Mist was fun to read, but it didn't leave me wanting to read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too Goody Goody Jan. 22 2012
By Heather Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Help, I need help, help me!"

It's late and there is no one out, no cars on the road and why is there blood on her hands? "Help me!!!" She spies a light and follows it. When she arrives the door opens and she is welcomed in, almost as though they had been waiting for her.

Carrie has no idea that she is in Tarrytown, New York on this cold snowy night and in fact, she doesn't even know her own name. She does know that she needs help. Fortunately for her, she has arrived at the door step of Irma, Meghan and Steve. They work with the community of 'Renaissance' to help those people who are in need of finding themselves.

Renaissance is a community that exists beyond the usual realm of time. It becomes visible to the outside world only when there is a person in need of their special services. Irma helps guide these lost souls to the gateway and Meghan and Steve act as gatekeepers.

This is the second book in the series, the first being Miracle in the Mist, though you can easily read this second book without having read the first. Author Elizabeth Sinclair has written an enjoyable though slightly predictable story. I found the first third of the book just a little to 'goody two shoes' for me. The story starts the day before Christmas eve in a picture perfect setting with four people sitting and waiting for the people in need. Too cute. I found the resolutions to some of the 'issues' to be too easy. The logic was presented, and boom, the person was over it. While we learn a lot about the issues surrounding the main characters, we don't really learn much about them as people. There wasn't much to make me want to care about them.

Into the Mist was fun to read, but it didn't leave me wanting to read more.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Katskill April 23 2008
By K. Mcmahon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a romance reader for over 20 years, I truly enjoyed this fine tale of love and hope. In the theme of Brigadoon meets novel the story is both unique and compelling. The characters are rich in emotion. The plot mixes a tender love story with the paranormal elements that fairy tales and happy endings are made of. After a stressful day, this is the kind of escape eveyone needs and can relate too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating romantic fantasy April 19 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The blizzard is crippling as the woman struggles to survive it while she wanders aimlessly the streets of Tarrytown, New York until some strangers tell her that her name is Carrie and she needs to come with them. With no place to go and a chance to get out of cold, she accompanies them to the misty village of Renaissance where they insist her memory will return.

Weaver Clara Webb takes in the lost soul, who begins to recall tidbits of the blood all over the library on Christmas Eve. Dr. Frank Donovan, who learned of the village from his friend Dr. Steven Cameron (see MIRACLE IN THE MIST), is attracted to her, but the widower has two ghosts from his past that haunt him so he refuses to act on his feelings out of fear of hurting another human again. However, Carrie has brought him back to the living and Frank does likewise with her.

The obvious link to Brigadoon aside, the second Mists romantic fantasy is a fascinating entry as the lead duet has demons in their respective souls to overcome before they can consider their feelings for one another. Early on the story line sets the table for an exciting strong plot, but the audience needs to give Elizabeth Sinclair's tale time to tie the seemingly disentangled divergent subplots together; it is worth it as love and hope for the future complete with grief and fear of the past.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faith and Trust April 21 2008
By Terri Doughty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has a wonderful and interesting premise. A magical town, Renaissance, appears with the mists in the Catskill Mountains above Tarrytown, NY which is also famous for the Rip Van Winkle legend. People who are troubled enter the mist to find love, peace and acceptance. There they can work out their problems with the support of the townspeople.

Leading the town is Emanuel. Emanuel has his own legend. Supposedly his father walked into the mists when his mother was extremely ill and seemed to be dying. Emanuel's father told him of walking into the mists and went with him frequently to see if it reappeared. When Emanuel's parents died, he went looking for the mists again and vanished from the settlement of Tarrytown. From this town in the mists, Emanuel directs troubled people to his town in the mists with the help of guides.

While the guides lay the groundwork for this novel and do appear within it, they truly do not have a major role. The main characters in this book are three troubled people, two men and a woman. One of the men, Alvin, has been in the town for a while. He is the Traveler, Renaissance's connection to the world beyond the town and the messenger between Emanuel and the guides. The other two are from the outside world. The woman, Carrie, is introduced covered in blood and remembering nothing. The man, Frank, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon. He has been told about the special properties that his friend, Steve who is a pediatric oncologist, found. While Frank is not sure that this visit will do him any good, he's willing to try anything to have a peace of mind.

Troubled souls are matched up with someone who will help them resolve their issues. Frank is assigned to Alvin who will need to work through his own problems before he can really help Frank. Carrie is assigned to Clara, the town's weaver. Reader's follow as these troubled people work through their problems and begin to look at things a bit differently.

With this groundwork, I was looking forward to some really good reading. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

It took me a while to figure out why this book just didn't really keep my interest. The writing is stark. That is, while you get some description and insight, it is minimal and not enough to truly give you a feel of the character or the scene. At one point, you are given that Carrie thinks a waitress in a diner resembles Clara but no reason as to why except that the coffee tastes like Clara's coffee. I was left wondering, was this waitress the same height, size, shape, coloring or what was so similar to Clara. Some how I can't see a waitress that is 200 pounds and 5 foot tall resembling Clara if Clara is 5 foot 8 weighing 120 regardless of the coffee. The problem is, you don't know what either looks like, as the only description you have of Clara is she has white hair and is older and the waitress is wearing a uniform with the nametag of Millie! While I don't like descriptions that give you every minute detail, I do appreciate enough detail so I can visualize the characters and the places.

I guess that because this book is being marketed as a romance novel the author thought she needed to include some sex scenes. I found them annoying and not well written. They didn't add anything to the story and it was easier to ignore them than it was to read them. While you were able to grasp that the characters were heading towards a permanent relationship, the sex did not come across as a love scene. Again, the writing was a bit stark and these scenes felt a bit wooden or stiff.

Like many other books that are being currently published, this one has a social message. Readers are exposed to the realities of domestic violence. This is a tough issue to deal with and placing it in a fantasy romance novel is really tough. Ms Sinclair does it well and readers get a good idea of some of the problems with domestic violence. However, in some places it seems to be a bit preachy as if Ms Sinclair is on her soapbox demanding that we listen to her.

Another reoccurring theme in this book is that you need to forgive yourself and trust that there is a reason for things to happen. Again, Ms Sinclair does this well by showing that there isn't just one way to look at a problem or issue but by looking at it several different ways, you may see a reason for it happening or you may find that you just have to have faith that there is a reason. Faith and trust seem to be a mantra that all of the characters use at some point.

While I truly want to believe in this story, I had a great deal of problems with the time sequence. Each time a character left the mists, time had stood still back in the outer world. So, even though one character left the mists before another, when the second one left, time reverted back to when they had first entered the mists? What happened to the two weeks or so that the first character had in the outer world when they returned? It didn't work for me.

Overall, it was an okay book. It wasn't great but it wasn't horrible. I enjoyed seeing Carrie begin to get her memories back and learn about herself. Alvin trying to figure out how to help Frank when he couldn't even help himself was interesting. While the characters don't seem to be fully developed, they are likeable.

This book epinion was made possible by NOR (Night Owl Romance) and the great publishers/editors/authors that support it. [...]
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Pure and Simple April 22 2008
By Heather Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For anyone who has had any major trauma in their life, Into the Mist is a touching tale of healing and redemption. The cover resembles a Thomas Kincaid painting, but even more so, the words make you feel as though you live within it. Faith, hope and love live within the magical village of Renaissance. I'm not sure how anyone can come away after reading Into the Mist and not feel a little lighter of spirit for doing so.
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