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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Twice Upon a Time by D. Davidson and R. Marcano tells a tale that transcends space and time. We are introduced to a young Marie Laveau who receives her gift of magic from a mysterious man with blond hair in 1809. The story fast forwards to 1837 where a man named John Solomon is seeking a reunion with his wife and daughter. The desperate man goes to the now middle-aged queen of voodoo. What he asks of her is something that she is wary of. Being told of her ability, Solomon comes to Marie with a request that she send him back in time to prevent the argument he had with his wife so she wouldn’t leave and take their child. Laveau tells him that what he wants is dark and asks if he is telling her everything she needs to know. The anxious man lies in order for her to proceed. The ritual fails and an evil presence prevents him from going back. After he realizes that it didn’t work, he ends up taking his life by walking into the river and disappearing from the living world. But that is by no means the end of the story. It's just the beginning...
I found Twice Upon a Time a very interesting read. I’ve always been fascinated by Marie Laveau and the stories of her abilities. What I loved about this book was the characters who were so likable that you found yourself relating to them on a personal level. James and Julie’s storyline was by far the most tragically romantic piece I have read in a while. I think there are many people who wish they could go back in time to a specific moment to change the outcome. As creepy as John Solomon’s character was, you can’t help but feel sorry for him. Nearly 200 years had passed but his soul was relentless and wouldn’t give up on the search for his wife and daughter. I really enjoyed how D. Davidson and R. Marcano tell the story of Marie Laveau, but with a humanistic view of her; that she wasn’t this evil voodoo witch, and that she was a practitioner of white magic as well. It’s definitely a fun read for someone who loves historical fiction with a bit of romance in the mix.