In her second book of the trilogy, Cathy Yardley circles her story around Sleeping Beauty.
Aurora ‘Rory’ Jacquard is a 21-year-old virgin on a Caribbean vacation with her boyfriend of 4 months, Oliver. When the two begin foreplay with the desired outcome of Rory losing her virginity all of a sudden she looses her ability to speak, move her muscles and her eyes close. For 6 years, Rory is in a mysterious coma with no clear cause to why and no response after a number of treatments. Experts in the field of neurology have declined to treat her because they feel there is no possibility of recovery. She is known in medical circles as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ due to the fact that she is not an emaciated body, but in good shape. She looked like she was just…sleeping.
In walks the handsome Dr. Jacob White. From his first night at Jacquard’s Hampton house, Jacob begins to have sexual dreams about his patient. The dreams seem so real to him. While he is sleeping, for the first time, Rory starts to have brain activity. After weeks of these sexual dreams, Jacob turns to his brother, Aaron, a psychiatrist. Aaron tells him to talk to her during his dreams, maybe she has the answer to wake her up. During these ‘dreams’, Rory and Jacob find out that a vodun priestess’ soul is living in her body. Serafina, the priestess, helped the Jacquard’s conceive a child, in return, they would throw a party and invite all their rich society friends and tell them that Serafina was the reason they could conceive and tell them how powerful and helpful she is (Serafina wanted immortality). The Jacquard’s did not hold up their end of the bargain, so Serafina cursed Rory. When Rory would attempt to lose her virginity, she would fall into a coma forever.
Jacob turned to Aaron’s ex-girlfriend, Mahjani, a professor at NYU in Comparative Theology with an emphasis on tribal magic and lore. She went into their dream world and showed how a ritual can help open the door to the next world where Rory sacrificed her own blood and her love with Jacob was shown to the spirits and broke the spell Serafina had on Rory. Oshun, the lady of marriage, offered Rory the choice of living as a powerful, immortal spirit or going home. What will Rory choose? Immortality or Jacob?
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