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Review: Ten Fingers Touching by Ellen A. Roth

Book Summary

Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil’s sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers—Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil’s desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they are drawn into the conflict. Will the soulmates realize their “happily ever after?” Martak must first unravel the curse and destroy Evil. In this land where magical forces vie for dominance, could true love be the most powerful weapon of all?

A beautifully illustrated tale for women of all ages, Ten Fingers Touching explores the complex nature of love and fate. It is an enchanting journey of romance, mystery and adventure. Ellen A. Roth’s debut novella is an imaginative take on a classic genre—and a treat for the romantic soul.


The enchanting and beautiful debut, Ten Fingers Touching, elegantly embraces the childlike innocence of the fairy tale blending a mature narrative with elements of romance and adventure that would appeal to the heart of anyone rooting for that happily ever after. Beautifully written, you can’t help but be engagingly enamored by her beautiful gift of storytelling as well as its gorgeous illustrations that grace the pages. You have all the elements wanted in an engaging plot for a modern tale: a curse that needs to be broken, a damsel that needs saving and two young lovers destined to be together but find themselves caught in the middle of a power struggle between Good and Evil. 

This book overall was a wonderful read that was just the right length that wrapped up quite nicely. This is one of those beautiful stories that can be read over and again and placed next to our favorite classics. As I encourage you to add her debut to your reading list, I don’t feel this one even though a fairy tale would be ideal for kids. It’s more like as she said is the beginning of the book, “this story is dedicated to the youth of every woman.” Not that men can’t read but I think it would appeal more to the heart of the gals. 

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Getting to the Point (December 10, 2014)

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