From Goodreads: From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz’s first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.
The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil
Note: I have a feeling this is going to be one of those books that get as many 1 to 2 star ratings as 4 to 5 star ratings. It is written in 3 POV’s, it reads like a Women’s Fiction novel (the plot is not clear until halfway through but it is a strong character story), and the leads are not always likable. These things worked for me but I don’t feel they will work for everyone.
What I Loved: (This usually doesn’t appeal to me)I loved that each chapter was told from the POV of the 3 witches: Joanna (mom), Freya (wildchild), and Ingrid (the bookish older sister). Getting to experience their journey back into using thier magic was interesting and refreshingly new. As each them steps further back into their magical capabilities, the insecurities they have as women become a bit more pronounced. The balance of magic and humanity issues was very touching to read. I enjoyed Joanna and Ingrid’s story archs the most.
What I Liked: The mystery surrounding the things going on in the town was a nice layer to the story. Also the story involving their absent father/brother played out nicely through out the book. Even though Freya was my least favorite of the 3 witches, once her story started unfolding more she started making sense as a character. By the end, I really liked where her story was going.
Complaints: It took a bit to figure out what the point of the story was (about 60 or so pages) and how it tied into the witches power. Once the story clicked, it was wonderful from that point forward. I think for some people that will be too long though.
Why I gave it a 3.5: This was a very unique story that I think introduced 3 very strong characters that I grew attached too. I am really looking forward to the 2nd book in the series especially with the ending! I have a feeling this is a series that will get stronger with every book.
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