The Thorns Remain combines fantasy with a fairytale flair to develop an epic tale of a Fae bargain with powerful consequences.

4-STAR REVIEW: The Thorns Remain by JJA Harwood

The Description

Publication Date: February 16, 2023

A dance with the fae will change everything

1919. In a Highland village forgotten by the world, the young people who remain after war and flu will soon head south to make something of themselves.

Moira Jean and her friends venture to the forest for a last night
of laughter before parting ways. Moira Jean is being left behind. She too planned to leave once – but her lover died in France and, with him, her future. The friends light a fire and dance. But, with every twirl about the flames, strange new dancers thread between them, music streaming from the trees.

The Fae have joined the dance.

Suddenly Moira Jean finds herself all alone, her friends spirited away.

For the Fae feel left behind and forgotten too. Led by the darkly handsome Lord of the Fae, they are out to make themselves known once more. Moira Jean must enter into a bargain with the Lord to save her friends – and fast, for the longer they spend with the Fae, the less like themselves they will be upon return. If Moira Jean cannot save her friends before Beltane, they will be lost forever…

Bewitching, threaded with Highland charm, and sparkling with romance, this fairy tale will carry you away.

The Review

When mortals and Fae collide, unintended consequences are sure to follow. Moira Jean and her friends go into the woods for a few hours of drunken revelry, but only Moira Jean makes it out.

Author JJA Harwood delivers a fantastical story set in an isolated Highland village in 1919 with The Thorns Remain.

Oblivious to the dangers of consorting with the Fae, Moira Jean makes an agreement with the Lord of the Fae. In exchange, her friends will be released. However, it’s a race against time because the longer the mortals are with the Fae, the more danger they face.

Moira Jean is a multi-faceted character who has lost her true love. She’s eager to find a new future, knowing the path is away from her village. However, there’s something quite alluring about the Lord of the Fae.

The author’s development of the fantasy element is exceptional, especially the inclusion of helpful terms.

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About The AuthorJJA Harwood is an author, editor and blogger. She grew up in Norfolk, read History at the University of Warwick and eventually found her way to London, which is still something of a shock for somebody used to so many fields.

When not writing, she can be found learning languages, cooking with more enthusiasm than skill, wandering off into clearly haunted houses and making friends with stray cats. THE SHADOW IN THE GLASS is her debut novel.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The Thorns Remain combines fantasy with a fairytale flair to develop an epic tale of a Fae bargain with powerful consequences.4-STAR REVIEW: The Thorns Remain by JJA Harwood