Breath of Life
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- Languages:English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):8 x 5.3 x 0.3
- Publication Date:June 7, 2012
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Anika Jespers, a homesteader’s daughter on a Gaian colony, thinks she’s destined for a dull existence on her family’s farm. But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor, one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she could have possibly imagined. The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in this inventive SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world.
Breath of Life offers readers the chance to delve deeper into the story of Beauty and the Beast. Set far in the future, the novella introduces readers to a young woman and the relationship that she shares with a reclusive neighbor. The story is short enough to read in one sitting and entertaining enough that you'll come back to read it again and again.
The main character in the novella is Anika Jespers. Jespers lives in the Gaian colony, and she assumes that she will never experience life outside of her family's farm. Her father makes a bargain with their neighbor, sending Anika to live with a man who is a member of the Zhore alien race. Though the two have little in common, they form a lasting bond, and she draws him out of his shell as he introduces her to the outside world.
Breath of Life bears many similarities to Beauty and the Beast, and the story shows the alien as a creature who truly loves and cares about the woman sent to him. The vivid descriptions of the sci-fi setting help you paint a portrait of Anika's world in your own mind, but the author focuses more on the classic love story between a young woman and her unusual paramour.
Breath of Life is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day with a warm drink. It's easy to get lost in Christine Pope's fictional world.
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