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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
Dóchas: Hope Changes Things by Elle Mae O'Donnell is a spellbinding fantasy with enough drama to keep any reader entertained. Eden is the ruler of Geraldia and a woman with the mysterious gift of controlling the weather and an insatiable thirst for vengeance. Miles Everest is her prisoner, one of the enemy soldiers who desires nothing but escape. He plans to get into Eden’s good graces, win her trust, and find a way to escape. But he immediately gets entangled with Dulcie, a girl with a fondness for books and a rare sense of humor. She loves him and she has a plan to help. But then he begins to have feelings for Eden, and they are strong. Can he ignore the obvious attraction he has for Eden and go through with Dulcie’s plan, or ditch Dulcie after all this time and take a chance with Eden?
This is an interesting story with strong, believable characters who are well developed, from Miles to Eden, and Edgar and Dulcie, and a host of others. Dulcie is one of my favorite characters. She is as limpid as the moon, and the quirkiness with which she is written will easily rub off on the reader. The plot is twisty, and while it explores a young captive’s predicament, the author gives meticulous care to the characters. They are sophisticated and the use of the first-person narrative is accomplished with such ingenuity that it gives depth to the characters while allowing their inner worlds to blossom through streams of consciousness and interior dialogues. Elle Mae O'Donnell’s prose is exquisite and her storytelling craft impeccably good. Dóchas: Hope Changes Things is emotionally rich, a tale that captivates as it entertains with a strong romance. The conflict is robust and it explodes with the emotional complexity in the characters. It is a book that expertly explores the dilemma of choice.