Item description for A Lost Touch of Bliss (Lost Touch) by Amy Tolnitch...
Five years ago, Cain Veuxfort, Earl of Hawksdown, followed duty and broke Amice de Monceaux's heart. But now he needs her. Desperately. For Amice has a very special talent. She is a Spirit Goddess, able to help restless souls move on. And Cain has a very restless ghost he wishes fervently would leave his castle. Anxious to regain order in his chaotic life, Cain offers Amice the one thing he's sure she can't resist; an Italian villa on the sea in exchange for her unique services. Although Amice's wound is deep, and as fresh and painful as ever, she agrees to help her former lover. Life on the Italian coast will be the start of a new life for her. Perhaps then she will finally be able to put the past behind her as well as an importunate Highland lord who wants nothing less that her hand in marriage. But there is more going on at Castle Falcon's Craig than a simple haunting, and more than one tragic tale of unrequited love. Yet to set things right, for both the living and the dead, Cain must find the courage to shed his mask of indifference, Amice must move beyond her pain to forgive, and long dead, star-crossed lovers must lead them all on the path to a lost touch of bliss.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.2" Height: 1" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815260 ISBN13 9781932815269
Reviews - What do customers think about A Lost Touch of Bliss (Lost Touch)?
Yawn Nov 10, 2007
In no way is this a 5 star book! The story got really old & boring really fast & the characters were not very likeable.
A Haunted Castle Reunites Two Medieval Ex-Lovers Jun 22, 2005
Don't you just hate it when you're the only one who writes a negative review? Oh well. I read the paranormal romance A LOST TOUCH OF BLISS by Amy Tolnitch in a little over 4 hours. It wasn't a long book, and it kept my interest. The gist of the story is, in England 1196, Cain sends for his ex-lover Amice to help drive away a ghost from his castle, and the two find themselves unable to resist each other all over again. It was an interesting storyline, which is what prompted me to buy the book (based off of other this site reviews). However, now having read it ...
I swear, I DID look for something good in the book to rave about, something to offset some of the things I didn't like, and the closest I could come to it was the fact that Cain (the hero) is bested in a swordfight by another man who wishes to marry Amice. I thought, wow, isn't that original to have the hero lose? But then, the more I thought about it, the more it didn't seem "right" (it just made the hero look bad).
So, what was it I REALLY didn't like? Here's just a couple examples ... the bad guy was a one-dimensional carbon cutout whose only purpose was to provide the requisite "hero rescues the heroine" scene in the book ... Cain's family secret was silly ... a lot of the issues between Amice and Cain could have been resolved by chapter 2 if they had just spoken to each other about their past misunderstandings, etc., etc.
That said, A LOST TOUCH OF BLISS wasn't a terrible book. Like I mentioned upfront, I read it quickly and it kept me entertained. It was just that (ghosts aside), the story wasn't credible, in my opinion. To give you an idea of paranormal romances I do like, look up THE BRIDE FINDER by Susan Carroll or A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Devereaux. Anyway, A LOST TOUCH OF BLISS is alright reading. After all, I'm the only one who gave it a mediocre review. Maybe you'll like it better than I did.
Wowsa! What a great new voice! Apr 21, 2005
This was a terrific book. I find it amazing that this is her first book. The storyline...with the haunting... is believable and compelling. The tension/ relationship between Cain and Amice is delightful. Great read, very interesting and quite enjoyable!!!!
Wonderful Debut! Mar 26, 2005
Cain Veuxfort, Earl of Hawksdown had betrayed Amice de Monceaux. After becoming involved in a passionate love affair with her, and leading her to expect marriage, he had listen to his mother and deserted her to marry another woman. Now five years have past and Cain needs Amice to help rid him of a vengeful spirit that is haunting his home. If she helps him rid his home of this trouble then he will give her ownership of a villa in Italy. Only now that are constantly together at Cain's castle they discover that the feelings and passion that brought them together before are still strong. But can Amice ever forgive Cain for his betrayal?
A Lost Touch of Bliss is an outstanding debut novel by Amy Tolnitch. Cain and Amice are characters who you quickly become involved with. The secondary story dealing with tragedy of the ghosts haunting Cain's home is a delightful bonus. A Touch of Bliss is an absorbing story of love and forgiveness that grabs the reader from the first page and holds them enthralled until the end. Readers of paranormal romances will find a new author for their reading lists in Amy Tolnich. I, for one, hope to see a story for Cain's brother, Piers, in the future.
Melissa Reviewed for Enchanted in Romance http://www.enchantedinromance.com/
unique paranormal medieval romance Feb 15, 2005
In 1191 Cain Veuxfort falls in love with Amice de Monceaux, but after seeing her betray his feelings with someone else he heeded the advice of his mother and married someone more fitting to be the wife of an Earl. However, he never forgot the woman he still loves five years later.
Cain needs Amice's skill as a Spirit Goddess to send a ghost that haunts his castle on to the next realm. To get her to even come to Wareham Castle, he offers her ownership of Villa Delphino on the Italian coast. Seeing this as a chance to escape an unwanted marriage, Amice accepts Cain's terms though she has doubts because she still loves the man who betrayed her heart. At Cain's castle, their love remains strong and encouraged by his brother and uncle especially since he is a widow and even his mom cannot argue as she died a couple of years ago. Still both blame the other and unless they talk to clear the air, their relationship will remain failed just like the two star-crossed lover-ghosts that haunt the castle.
The ghosts especially the female spirit turns A LOST TOUCH OF BLISS into a unique paranormal medieval romance. The lead duet in spite of Amice's abilities to communicate with the ghosts are typical of the sub-genre; however the support cast to include his two relatives, her mentor, and the specters add twists and élan to the fine tale. Fans of historical and those of otherworldly will appreciate this second chance at love in which the present (that is twelfth century present) and the deceased share so much in common.