Title: A Touch of Scarlet
Author: Eve Marie Mont
Length: 319 pages
Rating: 3 stars
The compelling heroine of Eve Marie Mont’s novel A Breath of Eyre returns to find truth and fiction merging through the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, The Scarlet Letter…
Emma Townsend is back at prestigious Lockwood Prep, but her world has altered immeasurably since her tumultuous sophomore year. The best change of all: her boyfriend, Gray. And though Gray is leaving for Coast Guard training, Emma feels newly optimistic, even if the pain of her mother’s long-ago death still casts a shadow.
Yet Emma isn’t the only one who’s changed. Her friend and roommate, Michelle, is strangely remote, and old alliances are shifting in disconcerting ways. Soon Emma’s long-distance relationship with Gray is straining under the pressure, and Emma wonders if she’s cracking too. How else to explain the vivid dreams of Hester Prynne she’s been having since she started reading The Scarlet Letter? Or the way she’s found herself waking in the woods? As her life begins to echo events in the novel, Emma will be forced to choose between virtue and love. But can she forge a new future without breaking her heart? -Goodreads
The wonderful love story of Gray and Emma that began in a "Breath of Eyre" is continued in this second installment of Eve Marie Mont's Unbound series.
Things are changing in the lives of both Gray and Emma. Emma's heart is broken when Gray leaves to train for the Coast Guard and their relationship is left in question.
To top things off things with Michelle are strained, and she is holding on to a secret.
"A Touch of Scarlet" is a wonderful story, at least as far as the present day story of Emma, Gray, and Michelle and friends are concerned. There is however, a great disconnect between Emma's story and it's "Scarlet Letter" tie in.
The reason for this being that there is no infidelity on the part of Emma to Gray. Emma is in no way a parallel to Hester Pryn; even though Gray is implied to be a parallel to Dimmesdale.
This story does not need the "Scarlet Letter" element at all. There is so much going on in the lives of Emma and her friends outside of the misplaced time/story pocket of Scarlet, that trying to make that square peg fit is just an unnecessary frustration.