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Paranormal Romance: Spellbound (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill) by Christine Pope

Spellbound (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill) by Christine Pope

from Dark Valentine Press

 Spellbound was a perfect book to read in crisp fall weather, a ghost story that I enjoyed reading in October, but it will equally hold up to a rainy spring weekend. Danica Wilcox is recovering from her experiences in Protector and ready to come into her own in Spellbound, from Christine Pope’s Witches of Cleopatra Hill series.

Thanks to Caitlin McAllister’s premonition, she goes up to the family cabin, where she encounters a ghost from when Flagstaff, Arizona was an old west town, and Jeremiah Wilcox’s clan had just settled in. She becomes obsessed with finding out who this young man was and–knowing her family’s history–if one of her own forebears had killed him.

If you’re not familiar with the series, this is a fine place to start, introducing many characters who have starred in their own books. Each member of the witch clans has more common powers, such as the ability to start a fire or unlock a door, and also their own individual specialty. Danica’s ability has to do with time. Up until this point, she has used it to kind of freeze time for five minutes at a stretch when she is in a pinch, but in light of what she has learned about Robert Rowe, she begins to wonder if she can actually go back in time to save him.  Her quest leads her to a reservation and to delve into historical costuming. Although I had a moment of doubt when the seamstress didn’t instruct her to season her corset, the detail in her clothing was full of delightful tidbits.

This book is strong in both the paranormal and romance aspects, with secrets and intrigue. It was one of those books when you suddenly notice that there aren’t a lot of pages left and wonder how the author is going to fit it all in.  Admittedly, the ending feels just a smidgen rushed, but it is a strong story that kept me turning virtual pages of my review copy late into the night.

 

You don’t need to read this book to enjoy Impractical Magic, which I’ll be reviewing later this week, but if you’ve read this far, you’ll want to.

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