Book One ~ A Carpet of Purple Flowers
An Epic Fairy Tale drawn from folklore & mythology
First Edition Published by Urbane PublicationsSecond Edition copyright Tracey-anne McCartney
This is a book that made me want to cry at the end. Not because it was sad or anything but just because it ended. I rarely give a book a five star rating but this one totally deserved it. It was PERFECT. The characters were so beautiful. They make you cry with them and laugh with them too. They make you want to be a part of the story. Although the author creates a whole new world with different people and traditions you are never at a loss understanding them. This story has a lot of twists and you never know what's going to happen. Also, everything is described so vividly - the scenery and the characters - that it feels like you are living the story. Goodbye everyone, now I'm going to go cry. :'(
I don't think I've ever used the word cry so many times in a single paragraph before.
I was sent this book from the lovely Author to read and do an honest review on.. can i just say how LOVELY Tracey-Anne is! I have been talking with her on Twitter and she's been sweet and friendly!
This book was sooooo GOOD! Mystical..magical..spiritual.. romantic ... liked the way magic and the real world mixed together. the characters were great esp', Bea, the main girl.
Lots of Twists and turns and emotional . This is book 1 in the series and i am soooo excited to read book 2! The ending was a real twist which i loved!
This book is really great :)
Epic fantasy, coming-of-age, romantic drama and mythology: this book is a finely woven carpet of great fiction.
Bea, owner of a little bookshop, is drawn into the war between two paranormal factions. Kari, a royal on one side, thinks Bea's harbouring the soul of his long-lost love, Alithia, and sets out to re-win her heart. Chance, a warrior for the other, thinks he's protecting Bea, but endangers her through his own actions. As Bea gets pulled in different directions, and starts to uncover histories and recover memories, she realises she alone holds the key to this war...
From the blurb, I expected a kind of 'Twilight for adults'. What I got was intricately-imagined fantasy, suspenseful action, two beautifully interwoven love stories (not the kind of paranormal love triangle I was anticipating), and a lot of well-crafted drama. Brilliant - I want more!
I received A Carpet of Purple Flowers in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my goodness! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms.McCartney is a fantastic story teller. She takes the reader on a journey that has many twists that are not anticipated.
Bea's quiet life as the owner of a small book store in London is forever changed when she meets two men from a long forgotten race.
Love and new found friendships dominate this story. Bea is exposed to many things she didn't know existed. Learning about this alternate world, she learns that her past life is linked to these beings.
I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy romance with a little magic involved.
Thank you for allowing me to read this very well written and immensely enjoyable story.
"The veil between the worlds is thin"
This is a most entrancing and captivating story. Bea, as the central character, weathers every emotional storm you can imagine, and as we get to know her, we feel for her plight, and one is torn on her behalf as she herself is torn, between two men, two identities, two realms of reality.
Bea is living a fairly ordinary life, running a small, somewhat esoteric, bookshop in London, left to her by her much-missed uncle. Into her somewhat muted existence burst beings from another realm, and why they are so interested in her gradually becomes apparent.
Tracey-anne McCartney introduces us to a richly-detailed and dramatic cosmology drawn from Irish folktales, mythology, and magic, and it is by virtue of this age-old relationship between the world of the Sidhe and that of humans that we find ourselves drawn in most strongly. It is the skilful, often humorous, blend of supernatural and spiritual elements with that of ordinary life; the hopes and disappointments of the ordinary person, as experienced by Bea, which makes this novel so charming, and makes us experience Bea’s emotional maelstrom as our own. We want the best for her, even if deciding what that may be seems near impossible.
The final scene in Coldfall Woods is magnificently achieved, and the writing overall has the right balance of lyricism and restraint, and is peppered with moments of levity when appropriate. The narration allows one not only to viscerally experience the events described, but also to be privy to the internal life of the principal characters, sensing their doubts, their confusion, their pain and joy – Bea's in particular.
The finale does not give up all the secrets hinted at during the novel. Who exactly is Jonathan? What does Bea’s future hold? And other questions, which I will not pose here for fear of spoiling the many surprises and revelations this artfully-plotted novel offers us en route.
A Carpet of Purple Flowers is an original, entertaining, and sophisticated blend of romance, the paranormal, and the spiritual.
I'm following Tracyanne MCCartney on Twitter and got curious! Bought is as an E book and read it within a couple of days!
It's an amazing book, never boring for even a minute! Covers it all, romance, action, adventure.. Love the characters! Looking forward to the next book!
What a beautiful novel! I am a huge fan of folklore woven into a storyline and this book did not disappoint. It is written as a romantic, fantasy using myth and imagery to enhance the new world the author creates. I loved the protagonist Bea portrayed as an modern woman running her own business.
I don't do spoilers, but the struggle between two love's happening in the book is a reflection of of what I have experienced in my own life as a young woman. Wonderfully written. A must read for romance, fantasy & admirer's of women's fiction.
A Carpet of Purple Flowers is beautiful in so many ways, the story itself, wonderful descriptions that really come alive in your imagination, the believable characters and the otherworldly beings the Sindria are a stunning creation.
It's a great mixture of reality and fantasy with well researched myth and folklore. Set in modern London, there are visits to the beautiful landscape of Scotland and glimpses of the world the Sidhe inhabit.The central character, Bea, is a lovely young woman who you can identify with and the twists and turns in the story compel you to read on to find out what will happen next. Can't wait for book 2!
First of all, this is such an refreshing read; its different than everything I have read in a while! Especially the first part of the book is fast-paced, you get to know the characters but most important: You are introduced to a whole new world! You get to know this world bit by bit, the book did not throw all the information about this world at you all at once, which kept me curious.
The characters are well-developed, and I loved every one of them! Especially Chance and Karian. I also really liked to see Bea develop, if you compare the Bea from the first chapter, with the Bea she has become in the last one, you see the difference is huge! This book includes a heart-wreaking romance, a refreshing world and an original plot which I really liked! Although I'm not a big fan of love triangles, this one was very well done in my opinion.
Arghhhhh, this book is so awesome, I am speechless after finishing this amazing story.
It's unbelievable how perfectly this book is written.
It has twists and unexpected turns, things that you could never have imagined at all.
I'm blown way because of the nature of the story. Never have I ever read something like A Carpet of Purple Flowers. I am truly in love with the way this author managed to develop the main idea of the story, that is, the existence of two realms and a wandering soul. An of course lots of romance! I love how each character is unique and all of them are a little complex.
The main characters, Bea, Chance and Karian, are so developed, complex in a new way, with a story and baggage each.
Bea is strong, independant, smart and funny. She is kind and gentle, she is one of a kind. But she also has her past, things didn't end well between her and Brandon. And suddenly after a routinary life she finds herself, caught in the middle of a war. A war between two kingdoms, the Seelies and the Unseelies, both from the same race but opposing sects. And the worst part is that Bea doesn't know any of this, nor the reasons or why is she, in a way, the main reason of the war. But as time passes in the story, we get to join her in a journey of discovering who she is, and why is she so important for both The Seelies and The Unseelies. And as the story goes, she finds herself in not so graceful situations, but at the same time, she lives moments of true happiness, that will stay with her and with you as a reader forever.
It's so awesome to see how Bea faces all the problems that are thrown her way, as all humans she crumbles and fall, but she stand up again and fights. She keeps trying to make what's good for her but at the same time what's good to the others, so they don't get hurt either. She is a remarkable character, in all ways.
Now about Chance, oh Chance, he makes his appearance as a secondary character but climbs his way up to a main character so fast and in an excellent way, slowly he won my heart, as also Bea's love. He is a Seelie warrior, and he is on a mission on Earth, a mission to protect Bea from the Unseelie. It all starts when he enters Bea's library store with Kitty, but what they don't know is that somehow Bea can see one of them. And somehow they have an instant connection. After that moment they start seeing each other and knowing each other, until they fall in love. And this is the thing, their love is pure and innocent, and so incredible. But it's not all happiness, cause Bea doesn't know Chance's true nature, and she's about to discover all the secrets that everybody's keeping from her. But Chance *swoon* he is brave and kind, and SO PERFECT, I have to admit that I did not make an instant connection with him unlike Bea but he gained my love at one point, and wow, he has his baggage, and his problems, and he faces a hard situation because of his new feelings, but never did once he gave up, and he kept fighting for what he wanted until he couldn't.
And now Karian, how I love Karian! He is quite the opposite of chance but he is the perfect book boyfriend, the one everybody wants, he got my love the very first moment I met him, I am absolutely in love with him. He's one of kind, he's smart, caring and so in love with Bea, or at least a part of her. I can't express with words how much this character made an impact on me, how I feel about him. Kari is a go-getter, he's determined on what he wants, on each goal he has, and has not once given up. He's been fighting since he left his realm, and he is not backing down anytime soon. Maybe his ways are not the best, but I can understand him. Of the three main characters, he is the one with the larger baggage. He is the one who was suffered the most. And the things he has been through are horrible. He lost his love once and now he finally found it, he's losing it once again. Kari's story is heartbreaking, his heart and his life were torn apart on a unfortunate day. He's story is one that we get to know detail by detail as we turn the pages and when you think he's finally getting his happy ending. BOOM. An unexpected twist. My heart literally hurts for him.
But that's one of the best things of the story. It's intriguing, and has a lot of mysteries to discover. It keeps you thinking and wondering about what's going to happen next. And when you think you got it, you really don't. It will keep you guessing through all the story but it's entertaining.
Besides, this story has a little thing for each reader out there. It has love, friendship, heartbreak, fantasy, A LOVE TRIANGLE, twists, turns, happiness, sadness and regret. It's a mix of all the possible emotions you can have.
And about the friendship. I love Kitty and Jenny, they are great characters that represent everything that a true friend should be. Oh and let's not forget about Asta and Pia, secondary characters but SO FUNNY, I love them at the instant I met them.
So go get this book please, I'm begging you, go read this story. Meet your next book boyfriend and a new fantasy world you wish you'd live in. It's written in a beautiful way. And It has innovative elements that you probably have never read before! Like A Carpet of Purple Flowers.
I bought this book for my Kindle because I follow Tracey-Anne McCartney on Twitter and I like to support new writers and artists when I can afford to.
The story centres around book shop owner Bea and her extraordinary journey with the Sidhe. I wasn't sure if it would appeal to me being an older reader but I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded and linked with Bea's past and possible future. I found it unputdownable and loved the way it flowed. I also think it would make a great film. I'm looking forward to more by this talented author.
Bea's journey from innocent book store owner to the centre of two feuding factions of a supernatural race opens her eyes to a new and very different world as well as making her valuable friends. Equally absorbing is her emotional journey as she recovers from a failed relationship to finding old and new loves.
I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot, and enjoyed seeing Bea grow and learn how to stand up for herself.
Tracey-anne McCartney has created a fascinating world and I look forward to the next chapter in Bea's life.
© Copyright Traceyanne McCartney