On an archaeological expedition in
Ireland, Moira is caught unprepared in a storm and struck by
lightning. For Moira, that means being thrust back to
medieval times, into a world where women are basically
property and used as such. Here she runs into Padraic, a
prince ruling over a small tribe of rather ill-mannered
people. Padraic is immediately drawn to her and she to him.
She begs his protection, not realizing that may mean
defending her from his half brother, Ahern, and stirring up
long-held resentments between the two.
To the rest of the ďrealĒ world,
Moiraís lightning strike has left her in a coma. In the
hospital, her care is turned over to Dr. Liam Mackenzie.
Incidentally (or not, as the story plays out), Liam and
Moira had a brief affair while he was studying to be a
doctor in the States. When he returned to Ireland, Moira
broke off the relationship. Single once again, Liam finds
himself unable to leave the unconscious womanís bedside. Can
he discover the key to bring Moira back to herself?
This story is unlike most of the small
press stories Iíve read. For a short story, it fits its
format well. As a romance, Iím not so sure. I suspect the
author either has a significantly higher post-high school
education level than most or a love affair with the
thesaurus. Donít misunderstand. Itís a fascinating read.
Whereas many stories rely on dialogue, this one falls back
on more description, a bit off-putting until you slip into
its rhythm. It has an old world flavor, reminiscent of some
of the medieval era tales one has to read in college level
Literature courses. Certain bits of it donít quite ring
true, particularly in the hospital scenes, but having not
been to Ireland myself, who am I to say?
Celia Ashleyís taken a short story and
plunked a lot of atypical scenes in it for it to still be
called a romance: multiple rape attempts, forced seduction,
a witch trial, and a drowning. And yet, at the heart of the
story, it really is focused on the growing love between
Padraic and Moira and the love lost and recovered between
Liam and Moira. Sixth Day Of The Moon is an
intriguing tale of lovers torn apart and reunited. Itís
neither a simple-minded nor quick read, but absorbing