Review ~ When Lightning Strikes


A single act of kindness…a mysterious gold coin, a bolt of lightning…a touch of gypsy magic: the recipe for love across time. Sarah Douglas is 23, beautiful, smart and about to marry the perfect guy. Level-headed, nice-looking, honest and intelligent, David du Bois is not only the son of her father’s business partner, but the kind of man any mom would want their daughter to marry. Right? Or so she thought…until her mother gives her a mysterious “good luck” charm on the eve of her wedding, telling her that it’s a family tradition and if she keeps it with her all night, she will know her heart’s true desire. Sarah thinks it’s all just a bunch of silly “Gypsy hocus pocus” but she soon discovers that a walk in the night air and an eerie bolt of lightning is all it takes to sweep her out of the world she knows and into the arms of Dominic du Barbaronne-the handsome blue-eyed leader of a band of Romanies in the year 1363.

Dominic is everything Sarah has come to distrust in men…too good-looking, too sure of himself and way too passionate to ever be faithful to one woman. But stranded in the world of medieval France, with its lack of creature comfort and where women are treated as nothing more than chattel, Sarah finds she must place her trust in him to care for her basic needs and see to her protection until she can figure out a way home. Now if she could just figure out a way to stop feeling the things she is feeling for Dominic….and convince him that he must let her go despite the fact that he’s as determined to keep her with him in the 14th century as she is to go back to her own time.

When fate deals a hand that may separate them forever, Sarah soon finds she can no longer deny the searing white hot love that spans across time itself. The kind that only comes in that special time and place When Lightning Strikes.

My ****4 Star**** Review

When Lightning Strikes is a fun time-traveling romance set mostly in the 1300s in France. Sarah was given a galbi the night before her marriage to David. Her mother said it would show her what her heart’s desire was. Sarah was sure it was David, but that all changed literally overnight as she’s rescued from a lightning strike by the very handsome Romany Dominic.
I found myself intrigued from the start. Once Dominic entered the picture I really wondered how on earth the author would make him appealing, but I found myself falling for him just as quickly as Sarah did!
There were a few spots that I found myself scanning rather than reading, but it was usually because I was too anxious to find out what was going on. There were a few things that wouldn’t logistically make sense, but the story was still fun for me. I think the worst thing for me was the many editing issues – things as simple as no end marks and missing words. I kept getting tripped up. However, the story was still gripping enough to keep me turning the pages.

About the Author ~ Cynthia Lucas

After reading countless romance novels, Cynthia Lucas decided to put her love of writing and ‘the desire to inspire’ to good use and write her own.

Her first self-published novel, When Lightning Strikes, combines her love of exotic culture, time-travel, swashbuckling and heated romance. It has garnered excellent reviews from readers who want more of her enchanting writing style that leaves them feeling as though they’ve lived the story. The book has been enjoying a lengthy stay in the Top 20 of’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Time Travel Romance and has recently reached #1, and after countless requests for a sequel, QUICKSILVER MOON was released in the fall of 2012.

An avid blogger who often writes short articles for her own and others sites, Ms. Lucas says she finds one of the greatest pleasures in life, is helping other artists and writers to ignite their creative spark, and get their ‘inner glow’ going so that they too, may reach for their star.

Cynthia is also an accomplished singer/songwriter in the musical act NORTH 2 SOUTH and is an international songwriting competition Song of the Year nominee and award winning vocalist and lyricist. She currently resides in Largo, FL with her husband of twenty years, their daughter and several pets, including exotic birds and wildlife that she rehabs as a hobby.

Other titles by Ms. Lucas: Blood from a Stone (2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Second Round Pick); a modern-gothic romance sprinkled with a bit of paranormal intrigue, plenty of humor and is a touching story of redemption and the power of the human spirit. It has received glowing reviews from readers and reviewers alike.

Website * Goodreads

Happy Reading,



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