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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Lithia Park is a work of intriguing time travel fiction penned by author Ra Lynn LoneWalker. Written for adults due to some explicit language and scenes, this fascinating tale of love, death and magic centers on Ruby Birk, a starving artist in Ashland, Oregon. Ruby is determined to pursue her passions in the arts at the expense of stability and even her own personal happiness sometimes. When her ex-husband buys her a painting of a woman that looks just like her but set a hundred years ago, Ruby encounters a powerful sense of shock and familiarity. Through the magic of nearby Lithia Park, is Ruby able to solve both the mystery of the painting and of herself?
I thoroughly enjoyed this sweeping tale of romance, personal growth, power, art, and tragedy, told from the perspective of a non-conformist heroine whose personality shines on every page. Author Ra Lynn LoneWalker captures the starving artist character archetype without relying on clichés, making an accessible but non-pretentious figure that we truly root for and are inspired by her passions. The prose is confidently set to convey both plot and character development, creating gorgeous atmospheres of the Oregon weather and the parkland of present and past. When the magic of time travel kicks in, the novel progresses into a whole new world with perfect pacing, enveloping readers in a lavish ambiance that is well researched but not overly historical. Overall, Lithia Park is an accomplished work of fiction, perfect for fans of personal dramas with a little magic and history thrown in.