Review: Rite of Passage by Kevin V. Symmons

Rite of Passage by Kevin V. Symmons
Release Date: August 27, 2012
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 267
Source:  book was won by the reviewer in a contest

Descended from a line of powerful witches, Courtney Wellington embodies the Wiccan Goddess who must fulfill an ancient prophecy to keep the growing powers of evil at bay. At the Summer Solstice, she must marry, and she has chosen Robert McGregor for her mate. But Courtney’s plans never included falling in love with him.

Robert McGregor, Harvard Law student and society favorite, has the world within his grasp–until he meets Courtney. Irresistibly drawn to her, Robbie is soon bewitched by the lovely, vulnerable girl, despite his misgivings about who–or what–she really is. But her identity is stranger than he could ever imagine.

To fulfill the prophecy Robbie must abandon all he holds dear, but when Courtney is kidnapped, he realizes he will sacrifice everything to save her. Can the power of their love triumph over the evil forces bent on destroying them?


Review: Set in the recent years just past WWII, Rite of Passage opens as Robert, a young Harvard Law Student, reaches a picturesque lakeside setting in Maine for a week-long reunion of family friends. He meets and is entranced by Courtney, an English aristocrat who is still in mourning over her mother’s death. Although he has a girlfriend back in Boston, Robert can’t help his attraction to Courtney, and she with him.

But Courtney is a very mysterious young woman who laughingly confesses to Robert that she is a witch, which he finds amusing. But what he doesn’t know is that she really is a witch. She has purposely sought him out to play a part in fulfilling an ancient prophecy that involves Courtney and her destiny to save the world from a great evil.

I enjoy stories about witches, and wish this book had gone into more detail about them. The opening was slow, but the action built past the halfway mark and was a nail-biter. Many twists and turns, and a couple of surprising revelations occur.

While this book is set in the gentler time of post-WWII, I would have liked the hero to be a bit more sure of himself and take-charge throughout the story, rather than just at the end. While I’m sure it was intended to convey special moments, or point out particularly moving passages, I did not care for all the whispering the hero and heroine do. A couple of times is fine, but it was a bit much. Eventually I could overlook it for the action jumped dramatically as we raced to the exciting conclusion.

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