Princess Leia and Han Solo. Aragorn and Arwen. Buttercup and Westley. To this list of beloved fantasy couples comes Marianna and Martak in Ellen A. Roth’s timeless romantic tale of mystery and adventure, TEN FINGERS TOUCHING (February 2015; $22.95).
Roth spins a passionate fable of suspense and romance illustrated with lush paintings rendered in the highest fantasy tradition by renowned artist John Blumen. Together they weave a spellbindingstory of two young lovers caught between the forces of good and evil, with the future of the kingdom and an innocent child’s life at stake. Can the young master of the forest and his beloved maiden save the kingdom and find their “happily ever after?” Fans of Once Upon a Time and The Princess Bride will be swept up in this story featuring the freshest new figures in romantic fantasy literature.
ELLEN A. ROTH’s TEN FINGERS TOUCHING is a true labor of love. As a child, Roth was enchanted by fairytales and spent countless hours reading and dreaming. After earning an MFA from Syracuse University, Roth moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked as a registered art therapist, helping emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled children, before earning her Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. In 1991, Roth co-founded Getting to the Point, Inc., a premier consulting firm that specializes in helping corporations attract high level executives to Pittsburgh. A member of the National Speakers Association, she has published numerous professional papers and articles. During her career, Roth has received several awards and was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in Pennsylvania. She shares her life with her husband, Dr. Loren Roth, and her children.
“Ellen Roth is a remarkable storyteller who weaves a spell in this sweet, sexy, romantic fable. At a time when it’s hard to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper because of bad news, this is a book to pick up instead. It will warm your heart.”
—Mackenzie Carpenter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A bewitching love story that’s a fairy tale for grown-ups.”
“Roth’s love story transcends the battle of good and evil in her classic fairy tale. The climax of the book is a revelation…A satisfying story for those who…enjoy a fairy-tale ending…Blumen’s stunning illustrations that accompany the text are a beautiful contribution.”
“…beautifully written and illustrated, it combines all the hallmarks of the genre—adventure, romance, mystery and morality—with a wise and womanly viewpoint.”
—Marylynn Uricchio, Pittsburgh Columnist
TEN FINGERS TOUCHNG
$22.95 hardcover; 104 pages
My thoughts: Although I tend to not be a fan of fiction, I am definitely a sucker for fairytales. I would always be reading Grimm’s fairytales well into my teen years.Ten Fingers Touching is an enchanting journey of romance, mystery and adventure. It is the perfect love story combined with good and evil. I definitely got lost in this magical story. It kind of felt like a guilty pleasure, as it was a fairytale written just for me! I was sent a copy of this beautifully illustrated book along with some delectable Fairytale Brownies to enjoy. It was pure heaven to lock myself in my room on a Friday night to devour my brownies and become absorbed into my own little fantasy world with this book.
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.