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An introduction made…a new love born…society, families, and friends against it. A new power appears…a secret told…a culprit revealed. Will love survive? Will they survive? As Remy struggles to come to grips with her feelings for Jace, an Auralite of a different type, she has no idea that “one of their own kind” is revealing their existence, in a succession of dreams, to a world-renowned journalist. The hunt is on to find the culprit once the journalist reveals the dreams as a series of ...
An introduction made…a new love born…society, families, and friends against it. A new power appears…a secret told…a culprit revealed. Will love survive? Will they survive? As Remy struggles to come to grips with her feelings for Jace, an Auralite of a different type, she has no idea that “one of their own kind” is revealing their existence, in a succession of dreams, to a world-renowned journalist. The hunt is on to find the culprit once the journalist reveals the dreams as a series of fictional accounts in a national magazine. Just as Remy starts to accept Jace, the guilty party is revealed to be someone they both know and love. They are now compelled to find the journalist before their ruling body, The Council, does…or the results will be disastrous. Does the hunt strengthen them, hurt them, or rip them apart?
Posted May 14, 2008
The Aura of Love is an excellent, brilliantly written offering by author Kathy J. Marsh! I am in complete awe as I've just read the final words to this story. The lives of the Auralites reminded me so much of the racism that still exists, though not as boldly, in the world today. So much hurt, pain, and hatred still linger and so many people continue to see race rather than seeing a person for who he or she is. I love the obstacles the characters are challenged to overcome. The love story between Remy and Jace is like none other! The friendships family relationships-wow-I felt as if I knew every single character personally because Kathy's vivid descriptions breathed life into them. I can't say enough about this book only that I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is searching for a well-written book. It's a long read but every page is relevant! Well done, Kathy, well done!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2008
Kathy J. Marsh, author of short stories - Struck by Lightening and Wedding Interrupted and recent nominee at the Harlem Book Fair for an African American Literary Award in the Romance category - is deserving of the many kudos she has received for her first full length novel. The Aura of love is a timeless story of love against enormous odds but it's told with a supernatural twist. Marsh has created loveable, rich characters in Jace and Remy. To the ordinary human eye they are both attractive African American professionals who seem to have a serious chemistry between them when they first meet. Those that share their secret - those known as Auralites, can see clearly that each is from a distinct coven with very different histories, histories which make them natural enemies. The star-crossed lovers find themselves having to choose between blood-ties and love-ties. Marsh uses allegory beautifully to illustrate the age old antagonist - prejudice and show how it affects our most intimate relationships - sometimes overtly and sometimes in ways we may keep hidden from ourselves. The reading is thought provoking, funny ' I laughed out loud', and subtly sexy. The story is layered with plot and sub-plot as Jace pursues Remy 'brothers take a lesson', family secrets are discovered and the true nature of both friend and relative is exposed. The continuity in the telling was solid. I found no I un-dotted nor T un-crossed 'not that I was looking - wink/wink'. After the first crescendo and there were a few, I was leery - I had quite a lot of book to go but I was pleasantly surprised. The reading was fast paced and held my attention until the very end. I found her narration fresh and witty. Sister may have you breaking out your dictionary. I think I learned a few new words .That's what it's all about for me though - I want to be enriched in some way when I read. I was not disappointed here. Well done Kathy Marsh. Terri E. Williams Reviewer Sisters Sippin' Tea Literary Group- TulsaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2007
Racial prejudice, animosity, conflicts, violent confrontations, enslavement - sounds like American History, right? Short answer: yes. Long answer: not exactly. In The Aura Of Love, standout debut author Kathy Marsh presents an amazing microcosm of all the great and terrible things humans have come to be known for - only not by using humans... The Auralites, dark-skinned beings resembling humans, were the original inhabitants of the North American continent. Drawing their name from the luminescent energy fields surrounding them, they retreated to an area known as The Island as explorers and settlers began to populate the New World. The reason: with their mystical ability to disappear from sight at will, they feared that their powers would be discovered by the humans and that, in turn, they would be destroyed. As time progressed, though, the Auralites learned to maintain the secret nature of their powers while at the same time infiltrating every level of human society. This freedom of movement also gave them the freedom to influence human affairs for their benefit. Every race of creatures has its inherent societal problems, though, and the case is no different with the Auralites: they are divided into two distinct classes, the blues & the purples, and over time a natural friction develops between the two groups that ultimately becomes an all-out violent conflict. After countless battles, the gruesome slaying of innocents, and increasingly higher body counts, the two sides reach a new peace - but tensions still linger throughout the years. This tension is suddenly flared as a result of a burgeoning love affair between Jace Williams, a blue Auralite, and Remy Renee, a purple. Refusing to kowtow to the rules of conformity, Jace and Remy embrace their mutual affection for one another, causing their respective clans to unite in defiance of the 'mixed coventry' of inter-Auralite bonding. What follows is the typical story of race/class war - but with a secret twist that threatens to shatter the stability of the de facto order... The Aura Of Love is an enjoyable debut. Kathy Marsh has done a commendable job of masking clever commentary on human nature within the construct of seemingly unrelated fantasy. Both her keen insight and masterful use of dialogue frame the timeless debate of equality for the benefit of a post-civil rights generation that may have lost sight of its true value. An outstanding first effort, and one that leaves the reader in not-so-sweet anticipation of what's yet to come from this impressive young talent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2007
Remy Renee is a typical purple female who owns her own shop called Urbane in Charlotte. She is a seamstress who inherited the shop from her family. She took much pride in her work and loved what she did for a living. Despite her past and the tragedies she experienced, she still enjoys her work. Jace Williams is a blue auralite who is a great author - who happens to be Remy's favorite author. When Jace and Remy meet for the first time, there is a weird connection between them. Many of their family and friends do not condone the two as a couple. Deep and dark secrets will hit the fan, sooner than expected. Will Jace and Remy remain a couple? Will the secrets destroy the two? 'The Aura of Love' by Kathy J. Marsh was a very long story. It gives more than enough information regarding both characters. It is quite a scientific story with some real life realities, but overall it was an average read.I rate this book a 3. I feel the author included too many details making the story extremely long. However, the story was a different - which I liked and applaud the author for, but again, she gave too much information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2006
Remy is a young up and coming fashion designer operating her own seamstress business. She is concentrating on launching her summer line and expanding her business as she meets author, Jace in the local bookstore. In their initial meeting, they discuss a range of topics and Remy has to reign in her intense feelings for an Auralite of a different coven. You see Remy is a ¿blue¿ coven while Jace is a ¿purple¿ coven, so what¿s the big deal? Why, interracial dating, of course. Remy and Jace contend with a myriad of issues concerning their relationship or lack thereof. In the meantime, the Auralite community is under attack. ¿One of their own¿ is threatening their secretive lifestyle by chronicling their existence to the humans in NEWSNOW, the largest distributed publication in the world. Remy could lose it all ¿ the love of her life, her family, and her business. Marsh adds a unique flavor to the silent arena of paranormal romance. The Aura of Love will draw you in and make you think. The sociological issues dealt with in the story were: the politics of interracial relationships, importance of diversity in the banking industry, and the significance of socializing with your family. Marsh is a superb storyteller who will indisputably be pushed to the forefront of this genre because of her ability to lure readers into the world of the characters and keeping them spellbound until the last page. If you like paranormal romance, this will be one of your all time favorites! Reviewed by: M. Bruner Email: email@example.comWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2012
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