Lucas and Cronan have been bound together since their deaths in 1349. Now, a Guardian and a Death Spirit, they are both responsible for a human life; Lucas must protect the life until it is Cronan's job to take it. It is a cycle that will last through seven lifetimes until their souls are set free. It seems like a simple enough task. However, Lucas repeatedly becomes attached to the lives he is responsible, much to Cronan's chagrin. And every time Lucas steps in to keep Cronan from taking a life, a cycle of seven lifetimes must be repeated.
"Eithne is a strong child, Symon.” The woman set her jaw and stood to face her husband. “She survived her birth and will survive this.”
“Suit yourself,” Symon grumbled. “I am out to tend the sheep. Or have you forgotten our livelihood?”
“I have not.” Ana wrapped the sleeping child in woolens and kissed her forehead. “Sleep, Eithne. I will return shortly.”
She pulled her sheepskin cloak around her shoulders and, sparing her daughter a parting glance under Symon’s disapproving eye, left.
The hut was quiet save for the crackle of the dying fire in the hearth. Two unseen figures stood over the infant. One traced his finger along the child’s smooth brow, causing her to stir.
“You were not to save her,” Cronan muttered.
Lucas’s hand paused. Silence.
“What were you thinking?”
How far would you go to redeem yourself?
As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn't come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.
After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.
As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life...but a battle for their salvation.
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012