Allegra's Magic Lamp

Author: Jade Rivers

Publisher: Ocean Mist Press

Release Date: January 16, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Allegra Korda is an attractive Puerto Rican woman with the full hips that are commonly associated with her heritage. Allegra views her lush figure as flawed and vows to lose some weight and then dump her loser boyfriend.

Dixon is the genie from the lamp. Many years ago, he was trapped in his lonely existence because of his negative attitude towards women. Now he has a chance to live again outside of his prison but only if he's reformed and Allegra is willing to help.

Allegra is hurrying to get ready to go to the tag sale at the Spruce Ridge subdivision. She'd spotted a beautiful armoire in the garage with a sale tag on it and she's desperate to get there early enough to purchase it. Chad, her loser boyfriend, tells her not to wait up, he's going out with the guys supposedly to the track and then to play Nintendo. Allegra's not stupid, she knows he's really going to a topless joint. She just doesn't have the self confidence to dump him yet, but she definitely plans to. Once Allegra reaches the gated community where the sale is going to be taking place, she gets stuck behind a vehicle emitting horrible exhaust fumes. In order to escape the smell, she goes to the back of the community where the guard lets her through, but it's the maintenance roads and getting to the house where she saw the armoire takes longer than expected. She arrives just in time to see her much desired armoire loaded and leave in the back of another vehicle. She's disappointed but is soon consoled when Dora, the homeowner, reveals a lamp stand that would have matched the armoire, and mentions that she has a lamp stored in her attic that will go with it perfectly. Allegra leaves the tag sale with her precious finds only to discover the lamp holds a secret far more priceless than the items themselves - it holds a man who will help her discover her own self worth.

ALLEGRA'S MAGIC LAMP is a sweet tale full of self discovery. Allegra's boyfriend had systematically run down any sense of worthiness that Allegra might have otherwise had. She sees absolutely nothing good in her own appearance until it?s pointed out to her. Most women have had a boyfriend at some time or another who leave us feeling like we're lacking somehow. Jade Rivers does a beautiful job depicting that we're all beautiful, it just takes looking at ourselves in a not so critical light in order to see our own self worth. I have to admit, one of my favorite parts of this story is the very end. It's an extremely appropriate ending and one that I'm still smiling just thinking about days later.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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