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Impossible by Nancy Werlin

January 8, 2010

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
published September 18, 2008

Lucy has never really known her birth mother, who left when Lucy was a newborn and has lived on the streets ever since. Lucy has been lovingly raised by her foster parents, and her life is going smoothly. But after she is raped on prom night, she has to face an ancient curse placed on the women of her family — they all give birth at age 18 and immediately go mad. Unless she can solve an ancient riddle embedded in the words of an old folk song, she faces a terrible fate.

In the meantime, Lucy discovers first love with a longtime family friend. Readers see this developing from the first few pages, though it doesn’t blossom until the last part of the story. While the relationship between Lucy and Zach isn’t explored in detail, this seems to fit in a story that is more folklore than realistic fiction.

Impossible, which is woven around an old folk song that was popularized by Simon and Garfunkel and an evil faerie, is quite a departure from the other books by Nancy Werlin that I’ve read: Are You Alone on Purpose? and The Rules of Survival. I had doubts as to whether I’d like it (an evil faerie? hmm …) But having admired this author’s other work, I took a leap of faith, and once I dived in, I didn’t want to put it down. It is imaginative, suspenseful, and filled with characters who are easy to love.

It straddles the line between realistic fiction and contemporary fairy tale. I think it will appeal to fans of both genres, as well as to paranormal romance fans.

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