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The Selkie [Mass Market Paperback]

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Book by Jackson, Melanie

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5.0 out of 5 stars heart-warming March 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being Scottish, and have Selkie ancestors, I was delighted with Ms. Jackson's quaint handling of the Selkie lore. The book was funny, the dialogue engaging, and the characters ones that will touch your heart. I am off to read her Goblins series now, having found this charming writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming tale! March 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Melanie Jackson gives, once again, an intriguing tale out of the norm. As with Night Visitor, she blends Scottish lore with her own magickal voice and gives you a tale guaranteed to please. She is strong in historicals, but I see a lighter touch in Amarantha and Belle that I think is perfect for her
charming wit and hope to see more in this vein from her.
Hexy is maid to the ditzy blond lady of Fintry Castle, who just HAS to have her sable coat before she can go to Italy. Unfortunately, for allergy plagued Hexy, her mistress left it on the beach (I said she was ditzy), so Hexy must go to fetch it, not realising her snuffles and a couple tears over failed romances that fall into the sea summons forth the Selkie, a Scottish creature of mythology - a half man - half seal that is so beautiful no woman could resist him, or that the 'sable' coat she thinks is her mistress' really belongs to the Selkie. He needs to fetch it back or be doom to remain on land.
Unfortunately for the Selkie, she has packed the coat and her mistress has go to Italy.
It's a delightful, charming tale, with Melanie's deft brushstroke of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie is Magnificent!! March 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love all of Melanie Jackson books, for she is so good on history, but also because she understand the magickal of faeries, goblins, ghost and in this case Scotland's treasured Selkie. She does right by the lore, close to my heart.
The book is so fresh, so touching. You will adore the Selkie and Hexy and their romance.
A very special book!
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Since my great great great...well you get the idea...grandda was said to be a Selkie, I am rather touchy when writers create stories on the lore. Most of the time, I sort of cringe fearing the writers will not do the Selkies justice. When Melanie Jackson said she was doing a book about one, the reaction was different - Joy, for I knew Melanie - and her heritage (I have it on good insider info from the Wee People that she is one of the Fey!!) and her love for All Things Scottish would do right by the Selkies.
Melanie has written a utterly charming tale of a Selkie accidentally called from the Sea...and OH DOES IT STEAL THE HEART!! I applaud Melanie's setting the book in 1929 - seems the romance market considered anything after the Turn of the Century to modern day is not worthy of writing about. So in 1929, Hexy Garrow is maid/companion to widowed, blonde bimbo, who pulls a blonde moment and leaves and her expensive sable coat on the beach of the Scottish Coast. Hexy is sent to fetch it because her mistress is leaving for Italy and cannot leave without her coat.
Hexy's take a few moments for herself at the beach, two shed a few tears - 7 to be exact - for the loss of her brother who drowned, for her failed romance, for the loose morals of today's (1929) young women, and because her nose is red from allergies. She has no notion the 7 tears shed into the sea summons the Selkie - in this case one Ruairidh O'Uruisg - or that the seal coat she mistakes for her mistress' is really Ruairidh's Selkie skin!
For those not familiar with Scottish Lore, the Selkies were/are magickal seals that could came ashore, shed the skin and take human mates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars whimsical charming fantasy romance Feb. 15 2003
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In 1929 Scotland Jillian Foxworthy sends her American servant Hexy Garrow to fetch her misplaced fur coat. Hexy goes to the beach seeking the lost clothing while pondering reality vs. romance. She talks to the sea explaining how she has learned about life from the rejection of her beau for someone with wealth and not from a country rejecting the League of Nations. Hexy then returns to Fintry Castle with the coat.
Not long afterward, a panicked and irate Ruairidh cannot find his skin. He soon realizes a human female has completed the seven tears summoning and absconded with his skin. He follows her scent to demand she give him back his skin and to explain he has no time for the affair that she invoked as he must get back to his people in Avocmar to warn of the pending attack by the Finmen. However, Ruairidh is shocked that Hexy is not a crone, but a beautiful confused woman. Even more appalling is that he desires her and wants her to join him in the ocean where he resides, but somehow she resists his lure though she obviously is attracted to him.
Melanie Jackson's latest fantasy romance deserves cross-genre appeal as THE SELKIE provides readers with a whimsical charming tale. The story line insures the audience believes in Selkie, Finmen, and some other folklore species. The relationship between the magical lead couple is anchored by love though has rocky moments. This augments the feeling of two species crossing unfathomable depths, leagues, and barriers together.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of Jackson's best works! Sept. 23 2004
Format:Hardcover
Since my great great great...well you get the idea...grandda was said to be a Selkie, I am rather touchy when writers create stories on the lore. Most of the time, I sort of cringe fearing the writers will not show the Selkies proper justice they deserve. When Melanie Jackson said she was doing a book about one, the reaction was different - joy, for I knew Melanie - and her heritage (I have it on good insider info from the Wee People and some odd charater named Malek that she is one of the Fae!!) and her love for All Things Scottish would do right by the Selkies.
Melanie has written a utterly charming tale of a Selkie accidentally called from the Sea...and OH DOES IT STEAL THE HEART!! I applaud Melanie's setting the book in 1929 - seems the romance market considered anything after the Turn of the Century too modern day and not worthy of writing about. So in 1929, Hexy Garrow is maid/companion to widowed, blonde bimbo, who pulls a blonde moment and leaves and her expensive sable coat on the beach of the Scottish Coast. Hexy is sent to fetch it because her mistress is leaving for Italy and cannot leave without her coat.
Hexy's take a few moments for herself at the beach, two shed a few tears - 7 to be exact - for the loss of her brother who drowned, for her failed romance, for the loose morals of today's (1929) young women -- and because her nose is red from allergies. She has no notion the 7 tears shed into the sea summons the Selkie -- in this case one Ruairidh O'Uruisg -- or that the seal coat she mistakes for her mistress' is really Ruairidh's Selkie skin!
For those not familiar with Scottish Lore, the Selkies were/are magickal seals that came ashore, shed the skin and take human mates.
Read more ›
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