While this book is lighthearted by theme, it is not a piece of fluff easily read in two hours. Included between the covers are: a (seemingly epic) journey, opposing politics between ruling factions, betrayal, murder, magic, attacks launched by sand beings, personal growth, fertility issues, discovery of one's true parentage and destiny. As well as a population of elves, fairies and other creatures.
There are a few incongruities to be overlooked. The one that most stuck in my craw was that, in a place riddled with magic, why are the good citizens suspicious and fearful of an outsider with magical powers? Overall, I did enjoy this book. The writing kept me turning pages, the setting was imaginative and the cast of characters kept me interested.
An amusing cross between a romance and an other-world fantasy. Jane is magically transported into another world, where she falls in love with an elf, and discovers her past and her destiny. An easy read, with a scattering of laughs and sexy scenes - fun for the romance fans as well as the fantasy fans.
Overall, this is a fun and lighthearted book (which is exactly what you'd expect from the title). While I did enjoy the book for the most part, it tended to rely a bit to heavily on coincidence and deus ex machina to move the plot along. Also, I found the ending to be anticlimactic. I won't say too much, for fear of giving things away, but the story gears up for a big event that ends up materializing in and unexpected and, to me, unexciting way.
However, that aside, this was a quick and enjoyable read.
Apart from her being a TV-and-movie junkie and a saleswomen extraordinaire of adult lotions, potions, and playthings, plain Jame Drysdale's life was nothing unusual. That was, until a moment of reckless driving catapulted her into a fairytale world lie a J.R.R. Tolkie book on crack. From Walker, Michigan, to a place of wacko wizards, sexually repressed elves and dangerous dwarves, Jane was suddenly fulfilling an epic destiny that held certain death - and even more certain love. Even the newly legible tattoo on her shoulder seemed to procalim the rightness of her transport: "Forever joined, heart upon heart, world upon world." Everything started with Jane on trial for her life and her Legolas-lookalike lawyer taking his shirt off, and the first thing seh ned to know was ...
What DO You Say to a Naked Elf?
One of two things sprang to mind
In a sense this fabulous epic romantic fantasy is a coming of age story starring a terrific if somewhat bewildered heroine
with her champion (though she does much of the rescuing) at her side. Jane is a terrific protagonist and Charlie brings honor and
ethics to the legal profession (lawyers are too easily a fall group for doing their jobs representing people). The mythological
species that populate Lowth come across as genuine in this sterling tale that showcases the talents of a delightful imaginative
author. Read this fine book to learn how the heroine answered the title question in this "It Happened to Jane" adventure tale.
I had a happy ride with this little vehicle. I came for the fantasy Elf Elements and was not disappointed with the easy reading
action and humorous characterizations. We're not talking complex literature here, but the protagonists *do* evolve and the
conflict resolution is satisfying.