Don't get me wrong: I like fantasies with vampires and zombies and things that go bump in the night. But it is possible (at least for me) to get too..Show More » much of a good thing. I just finished rereading almost the entire Dresden files in one huge gulp, and I was feeling like I wanted something entirely different--something NOT written by a man. And because they were having a 3 for 2 sale, I ran across this book.
Boy, am I glad I did. It's still fantasy. There are witches with varying powers, but no bad guys. Not even a hint that bad guys might exist. So if there are no bad guys, what is the book about? It's about love. Not romantic love (or only peripherally), but love of friends, of family, and children. And it's about learning and growing. Since the editorial review gives this away, I can tell you that the main character is a 28-year-old woman who finds out she is a witch, which she had never before suspected. And there's a lot to learn about being a witch.
Years ago, I read and enjoyed many of Nora Roberts's witch stories. They were fun books, but although these witches were supposedly very powerful, they never seemed to do much with their powers. Grow a few flowers, make up some lotion or shampoo, levitate a doubting romantic prospect--that was about it. I wondered, at first, if this book was going to be the same, but as the story advanced, these witches Did things with their power. Important things. I like that.
A word about the narrator. I've never listened to anything narrated by Martha Harmon Pardee before, but I really liked her way with this story. Very laid back and gentle.
As I am writing this review, the next book in the series is downloading to my computer. I highly recommend this book.
When in the first book an outsider discovered that she possessed witch powers and thus was introduced along with the reader to the world of witchcraft..Show More », the second book handles about finding the unknown and dismissed (unintentionally, but still) within your own family and how to deal with it. The resentment and the fear of unknown and overcoming of both.
What I love about in this series is the absence of good vs. evil setting. Simply put it's about setting a scene where emerges a problem or better yet a mystery. And the rest is about getting it solved one step at the time (with plenty of cookies, tomato sauce, pasta and TLC in between).
I would not call these books too literate, more like therapy since I find myself reading them all over again first from my electric reading device and now in audio format. In the dark of winter it's the best thing along with the light treatment.
Yes! I absolutely love this series and characters. The witchcraft brings unlike folks together and provides the basis for a large "family" and lots ..Show More »of fun. At the same time, these folks experience the same sort of things 'regular' folks do, birth, falling in love, sickness, death; many times with a huge magical twist. Regardless as to what is going on, there is always a sense of belonging, togetherness, caring, and love.
Yet another wonderful story that shows humor, sorrow, hope, fear, love, family... I Absolutely LOVE these stories. I love the examples of all the Be..Show More »st parts of the HumAn Spirit. I can't wait for the next set to start hitting Audible.