I ended up liking this, but it took me forever to get it read. Almost two months... If you can suspend belief and go with it as a fantasy novel, it'llI ended up liking this, but it took me forever to get it read. Almost two months... If you can suspend belief and go with it as a fantasy novel, it'll be fine. My problem is, I wanted it to be more of a historical novel with supernatural elements. It didn't work that way for me. I don't like historical made-up witchcraft depicted as modern-day Wicca. It just never rings true as "historical." But take it as a fantasy, as a world unto itself, and then you have a pretty good story of good versus evil. I might even read the sequel, which is actually #4 in the series, I think.
Book description: In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life. In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But will she be able to stand against Gideon―who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul―in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?
Series info - Shadow Chronicles: 1. The Witch's Daughter - Read 2. The Winter Witch - Read ---------------------------------- 3. The Silver Witch 4. The Return of the Witch (The Witch's Daughter #2) ...more
A quick, fun read (even though it took me 3 months to read...) - light-hearted, cozy Austen fan fiction. Called the first of a trilogy, there are nowA quick, fun read (even though it took me 3 months to read...) - light-hearted, cozy Austen fan fiction. Called the first of a trilogy, there are now 6 in the series. Don't expect any great wit or social commentary, but there are plenty of references to Austen novels, Austen characters, Austen movies, etc. No explicit sex - this could be read by your age-13 teenage daughter. There are two love stories - the college professor, Katherine, an Austen scholar, who secretly loves the bodice-rippers of Lorna Warwick, and has carried on a correspondence with her - not knowing she is a he. When she meets him at a Jane Austen conference (not knowing his secret identity) and falls in love - well, you know it isn't going to turn out well when she does find out... And then we have the young secretary who comes to the conference, followed by her long-time boyfriend that she is trying to ditch. He crashes the conference in several humorous scenes, and surprises her with a very public marriage proposal, but Robyn has fallen for the brother of Dame Pamela, whose home is the setting for the conference. I didn't find a lot of sympathy for Katherine - she came off as rather cold - and Warwick bordered on TSTL. But Robyn's story - stuck in a dead-end relationship out of guilt and not knowing how to move her life forward - was sweet and satisfying. For both of them the answers boil down to "What Would Jane Austen Do?" Shallow and sappy, but I just might try another in the series.
Book description: Of course she's obsessed with Jane Austen...Surrounded by appalling exes and fawning students, the only thing keeping professor Katherine Roberts sane is Jane Austen and her personal secret love for racy Regency romance novels. She thinks the Jane Austen Addicts conference in the English countryside is the perfect opportunity to escape her chaotic life and finally relax... But then she encounters a devilishly handsome man at the conference who seems determined to sweep her off her feet. Is he more fiction than fact? Or could he be the hero she didn't know she was looking for?...more
Goofy, funny (the talking dogs are hysterical, and the narrator of the audiobook did a WONDERFUL job with them), interesting characters (although a coGoofy, funny (the talking dogs are hysterical, and the narrator of the audiobook did a WONDERFUL job with them), interesting characters (although a couple of them were very similar) - just right for a beach read or when you need to clear your brain after a hefty/intense/intellectual read. Now I'm ready to tackle some of the medieval non-fiction I'm taking on for a library conference later this year...
Lots of explicit sex if you like that sort of thing. It didn't make me cringe, so I guess that's a plus. It's a little disjointed with three different authors. I assume they each wrote one of the three main "goddesses." My favorite was Shar, the middle-aged heroine and her dog Wolfie. The other two women and their romantic interests were not as well developed (and as I said, at times hard to tell apart.) The mythology was okay, but don't expect anything historical (it was made up.) The romances really didn't have enough tension (will they, won't they?) to create a very satisfying ending (endings?) And the fate of Kamani Gula (the Mesopotamian goddess) and especially Mina (the evil priestess) was just silly. Like cotton candy - fun once in a while, but I wouldn't want a steady diet of it.
Book description: Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She's reluctantly inherited her grandmother's coffee shop, but it's not long before she's brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor. And then there's Daisy, a web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly-wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer whose teaching style is definitely hands-on. Finally there's Shar, professor of ancient history at Summerville College, who wakes up one morning to find her neurotic dachshund, Wolfie, snarling at an implacable god sitting at her kitchen table, the first thing in her life she hasn't been able to footnote. What on earth is going on in this unearthly little town? It's up to Abby, Daisy, and Shar to find out before an ancient goddess takes over Southern Ohio, and they all end up in the apocalyptic doghouse…...more