Auraby M. A. Abraham
Aura is her mother's love child, a living memory of the biggest mistake she ever made, and she never lets Aura forget it. Shunned by her mother, dismissed by her stepsisters, Aura drifts through life. She has little to sustain her miserable existence but her dreams. Until fate takes a hand and tosses her far into the past, a past she must learn to survive in. Alone with nothing but a couple of pets Aura learns what it is like to be on her own. She learns how to make a life for herself in a time where she does not belong. Or maybe she does.
Thorn is the right hand man of the Duke Vernon. He is a warlord, a great warrior and leader. He also has a belief that somewhere in the world his soul mate waits for him. Each day he prays for the guidance that will bring her to his attention, but when it does, will he know her? Will he accept that she is the one who is meant for him?
Aura finds a knight beaten and left for dead and she nurses him back to health. It is the first time Thorn meets her, but not the last. A year later they meet again, by then she is a favorite of the Duke Vernon because of her knowledge. Vernon wants to keep her close because of what she knows. Thorn wants to keep her closer but for other reasons. Here is the woman he has searched for, his soul mate. Can he hold on to her, or does fate have other plans?
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Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Seamlessly weaving time travel into a historical romance, M. A. Abraham writes an intensely emotional novel in Aura. Abraham’s beautiful and graceful prose drew me into this story. Born in the nineteenth century Aura is an unloved and unwanted daughter. After being humiliated by her mother at a party, Aura goes to her campsite to be alone. Much to her surprise, Aura wakes up in the Middle Ages. Aura uses her head as she learns how to survive in the wilderness by creating a shelter and hunting for food, which I admired about her character. After witnessing a battle near her cave, Aura uses her medical training to save the life of Lord Thorn. Aura has a huge heart, which shines as she takes care of the injured and as she cares for her unusual pets. Her witty sense of humor and sharp tongue provide levity throughout the story. Years later, still in the Middle Ages and as a guest of Duke Vernon, Aura and Thorn are reunited, and he realizes that she is his soul mate. When Duke Vernon offers Aura up to anyone who will have her, Thorn steps in and prevents her from being married to an abusive man. Overtaken with lust with Aura as his betrothed, Thorn doesn’t want to force Aura into bed. Instead, he coaxes Aura into letting go, and their bedroom play is exquisitely passionate. Thorn is definitely a warlord alpha male, but he also has a kind heart, which makes him a powerful hero. Thorn truly loves and adores Aura. Especially when he realizes Aura needs time to adjust to married life and the marriage bed as well as to fall in love with him, which is a beautiful thing. After returning to her time and figuring out she’s in love, Aura has to take a huge leap of faith to be with Thorn forever. Thoroughly captivated by this story, I kept turning the pages to see how Abraham would resolve the time travel aspect of this story, and I wasn’t disappointed. Aura is a well-crafted, character-driven story of sacrifice, love, and faith, making it an unforgettable romance.
One Woman's Journey of Discovery: AURA by M.A.Abraham AURA is a fantasy romance novel written by M.A. Abraham that focuses on a young woman whose need to escape the family will find her travelling back in time to a place that is familiar -yet not. Loved by her step-father and disregarded by her own mother, Aura will pack up her things and head into the unknown where she will awaken several centuries earlier, in a world run by feudal Lords and drunken men.. The reader is taken on a journey that follows Aura as she endeavors to discover where she belongs in the grand scheme of life but Aura's life has not been full of happiness and sunshine, and to some extent the young woman is a product of her own making. Like many emotionally neglected children, our heroine will develop an armor that prevents anyone from getting too close, but in doing so the character read as unapproachable and cold-it is only my opinion but others may see something else. It was uncomfortable at times to `watch' as Aura would deliberately sabotage any attempts at friendship believing she needed no other than herself and her pup. Aura's life is not that unusual for many children of second marriages but in this particular case it is Aura's own family that has a difficult time accepting her. There is something very Cinderella-esque about the story. We are not privy to the intimate details of what transpired between Aura's mother and biological father, and in that sense, something is missing. Aura is a constant reminder of a bitter past and with that comes the knowledge that she is unwanted. In this, Aura believes that to survive, she can only depend on herself in the long run and she is the only one who truly knows what it is she wants. We watch as Aura survives in another world for two years (basically alone but for a few days) almost blending into the background but it is her persona on the battlefield that will have everyone standing up and taking notice. For me, Aura is a difficult character to like. She can be rude, condescending and sarcastic (and not in the humor department). She is a feminist at heart-and refuses to give any man the benefit of doubt-even the one man who may one day call her wife. At times, her reaction to men came in the form of a patronizing comment and dismissive attitude. Aura has built a wall of armor that she uses as a shield to protect herself from emotional harm. But in the end, Aura will discover that you can never go home, especially when her heart is lost to a man in another time. The majority of AURA is a written narrative. As the character of Aura is alone for a good portion of the novel, it is the narration that carries most of the storyline and we learn very little about the other characters. There is some back and forth with the time-line but there is no explanation as to how or why Aura initially travelled between the times but in the end, it is her faith that must get her to where she wants to go. Aura is a well-written storyline of one woman's journey of self-discovery. M.A. Abraham has delved into one woman's psyche and given us a glimpse into the inner turmoil between what the heart wants and what the mind knows. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
This was a very neat time travel romance and I enjoyed it very much. Thorn and Aura meet the first time when she takes care of him after a great battle has taken place. He rewards her efforts by trying to seduce her. Thanks to her pet wolf this doesn't happen and the story goes from from there. The secondary characters were great and added much to the enjoyment of the story. Couldn't put it down., Highly recommend this book.