The Ice Carousel by Amy Hahn

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The Ice Carousel by Amy Hahn
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (103 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Dulcie Thorton returns to Harrison to write a story about the town’s famous Ice Carousel. Not only is it a 100-year tradition at the February Frost Festival, it’s also inspired love among many locals. She’s unaware that she has a history with its mysterious creator though she feels drawn to him when they meet.

Rankin, the carousel’s sculptor, has loved Dulcie for many years. Now she’s finally coming back, just when he, and his magical carousel, will be leaving town forever. Unless he can win her over and ignite her memories, he can’t stay with her.

Dulcie isn’t sure that magic really exists. Yet how could human hands carve such a wondrous carousel? If she doesn’t remember her connection to Rankin and believe in magic, she will lose the only man she has ever truly loved. And time is running out…

Every year, for the last hundred years, a Mr. Carousel came to town at the end of January and he’d create the most amazing ice carousel you could imagine. It was a special event for the town and the carousel was magic. Every year, a couple found love on the carousel and subsequently married. Dulcie thought it would be there forever…

I enjoy reading about magic and fairies. For me, it’s fantasy at its best. This author does a good job of entwining fantasy, real life, grief and love all together in a tale that makes you feel good. I like happy endings. How Ms. Hahn achieves that for her characters is what the makes the story work.

Dulcie works as a journalist and is assigned to write a story about the carousel. She’s not enthused, but part of that is because her brother died and his widow lives in that town. She hasn’t really accepted his loss in her life. Her sister-in-law is remarrying and Dulcie is having a hard time picturing Jack as the new man in the family. By going to write a story on the carousel it will give her a chance to get to know him better. The interview raises more questions about Mr. Carousel than it answers.

Ms. Hahn shows the depth of the family’s sorrow over the death of Dulcie’s brother and then creates a magical journey to happiness. The fairy is in love with Dulcie and needs to make her love him to stay in this world. With a short period of time, that is quite a challenge. Even Jack isn’t what you’d expect. These little surprises keep your attention and make you uncertain just how the story will end.

This is a novella so the author didn’t have a lot of space to work her storyline out. She did a good job and left me smiling at the end. If you enjoy fantasy novels, you’ll enjoy this one. You’ll also enjoy if you like a good romance. Why not give a try and see what you think?

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