What is normal? One of the themes throughout my first three Redcliffe novels is that of being normal, of living a human life. Jessica Stone begins the tale as just another normal, average human, living life with her friends and running her business. By the end of Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) she emerges from a traumatic incident between warring werewolves, and her life will never be the same again.
Jessica’s best friend Elizabeth represents an ideal of normality. Liz is happily married to a university professor, and she is pregnant with their first child. She and Jessica enjoy running their bookshop and doing ‘normal’ activities such as shopping, watching TV and discussing the adventures of their friends and family.
Normal life disappears completely when Jessica becomes romantically involved with Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny. The men are police detectives, recently returned from a four-year undercover operation in Scotland. It is on their return to Redcliffe that Jack meets Jessica and they fall in love, although they both fight against it in the beginning.
By the time we move into book 2, Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), Jessica is lamenting the loss of her formerly human life. She is now a newly awakened witch, recovering from life-threatening injuries at the hands of werewolves, and in love with a vampire. Danger and trouble seem to follow the Mason brothers wherever they go, and it will inevitably affect anyone who becomes close to them sooner or later.
This danger reaches a peak in the third book, Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel). Jessica has been exploring her witchcraft abilities and unleashing her power, surprising the vampires and werewolves with her formerly hidden strengths. It becomes apparent that she could pose the greater threat to the men, and the uncomfortable truth does not sit will with any of them. By the end of Love Redeems, Jessica has to rescue her lover and try to make sense of her new supernatural life and the people that have come to mean so much to her in such a short space of time.
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