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Writers Inspiring Change feature review: The Immortal Rose Wyndham: The Beginning

Updated: May 18, 2023

The Immortal Rose Wyndham: The Beginning, by B. Roman

The Immortal Rose Wyndham: The Beginning (The Moon Singer Book 4) by B. Roman. While this story is categorized as an historical fantasy, I would challenge that as somewhat marginalizing - it's more than that. The story doesn't read like a typical fantasy, in fact, despite the "fantastical" aspect of the Rose Crystal which imparts special powers to the holder, the rest of the story is a fascinating historical ride across a time span of 250 years. It begins with Grace Moreau, who, as a young lady coming of age, receives a crystal from her father as a gift. The father is told by the man who gave it to him as payment for a debt owed, that the crystal gives the holder immortality and other powers of healing, but there's a catch; they can never become romantically involved with anyone, not ever, or the power of the crystal ceases. We live through lifetimes of events as Grace Moreau and later, her daughter, Rose Wyndham, take the reader through twists and turns, romance and "almost" romance, and considerable real-life drama threaded in this well-written story. We see through the eyes of these two women, what life and the world looks like, moreover, what it feels like to cheat death. It leaves one pondering this question: is immortality, on a purely human level, actually a desirable thing, or is it a curse? Read the book - it's a good one.

- IWIC reviewer

About B. Roman

Since childhood, I've been torn between two worlds: writing and singing. It's difficult to serve two inspirational Muses, but I was compelled to do so. When I was not singing, I was writing; when I was not writing, I was singing. I've learned, for me, that one creative expression nurtures the other. Much of my writing has a musical theme somewhere in the plot, or is the basis for the plot.

It is natural, therefore, that my 5-book Moon Singer Series has its roots in musical theories and metaphors, entwined with the magic and mystery of metaphysical concepts and matters of ethics, faith, compassion, love, and heroism. Whether it's in my novels, non-fiction essays, in picture books and stories for children and, of course, in writing music and lyrics for songs, the profound connection between music, life, and self-identity is purposeful.

On the other side of the spectrum, my suspense novels are a departure from a higher consciousness to the mundane world of flawed humans, amoral people committing immoral crimes and eventually paying the price for their transgressions. Penning a thriller sort of grounds me and helps to clear my mind of darker thoughts so I can go back to writing empowering fantasies.

I hope you will delight in their messages just as I was delighted to write them.

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