by Melissa de la Cruz
Having read all the books in the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, I was eager to read The Witches of East End, the first of a new series for adults, featuring a family of intriguing witches.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz has crafted a spellbinding tale that immediately draws its readers into each of the lives of these captivating characters.
Joanna Beauchamp and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, live in North Hampton, each leading a seemingly simple and quiet life. But what their friends, co-workers and neighbours don’t know is that they are keeping a secret from them – that they are powerful witches who have been restricted from using their magic.
Each of the Beauchamp women have different abilities – Joanna brings people back from the dead and is able to heal the most serious of injuries, while Ingrid has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve problems from infidelity to infertility, and Freya can cure the heartbroken with a magic love potion.
The story of The Witches of East End takes its audience to the beginning of the summer where the stunningly beautiful Freya is celebrating her engagement to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, the heir to Fair Haven and Gardiner’s Island, which was deserted up until recently.
But Freya is drawn to Bran’s attractive but unreliable brother Killian and can’t stop herself from desiring him, a path leads the pair into a dangerous game neither can willingly pull themselves away from. One thing leads to another and Freya begins to find it more difficult to conceal her secret. Soon thereafter both her mother and sister also confront similar predicaments.
Realizing they can no longer contain their secret, they dust off their wands and begin casting spells, biting off more than they can chew. When a young girl, Molly Lancaster, goes missing after the Fourth of July long weekend, it marks the first of a long line of disappearing residents and unexplainable events pointing to the Beauchamp women as lead suspects.
The story moves along at a quick pace and once I started I couldn’t put the book down, having to read on the subway ride to and from work and staying up many late nights to find out what happened next. Although the story kept me glued from cover to cover, I was disappointed with the expedient resolution of the root of evil that subdued the climatic confrontation. However, it wasn’t enough to deter me from exploring this bewitching story further.
Witches of East End is an entrancing story of myth and magic. Its pages are filled of love, mystery, small-town secrets and family bonds brought to life by an author who knows how to pull its reader right into the story. It’s a new and fascinating world Blue Bloods fans will be excited to explore — it’s inexplicably exciting.
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