ARC Making Magic by Donna June Cooper – 5 Stars

Making Magic

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Book #3 in Books of the Kindling Series: Release Date January 20, 2015.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Jake Moser has been called to Woodruff Mountain a few times to deal with some rather weird situations. Now, recovering from a bullet wound that should have killed him and fending off his mother’s ravings about the evil that lurks on the mountain, he’s making alternate career plans.

Just as those plans begin to take shape, someone starts kidnapping newborn babies, then returning them unharmed. To make things even more interesting, an irritating adversary from his past has returned to bedevil him in a whole new, delightful way.

After her erratic psychic gift forced her to abandon her home and a promising musical career, Thea Woodruff has spent years trying, unsuccessfully, to atone for the death of Becca Moser, Jake’s sister. Once she has mourned those she’s lost and apologized to those she’s failed, she intends to flee her mountain once again.

Jake would rather she stay to compose a new tune—with him. But their complicated harmony reveals a guilty secret that threatens not only their future, but their lives…

My Review:

This series continues to develop in richness and complexity and the author is really coming into her own with her writing.  This is probably my favorite of the series so far and I expect even better things in future books of this series.  I had thought when I started this series that it was going to be a trilogy, but after finishing this book (and checking the authors website) I see that there are going to be at least three more to go, and I can wait.  I like the direction Ms. Cooper is taking with world and I think there is potential for many fun stories to come from these characters.

Now I must confess this is a bit tamer story-line then I normally read, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.  I just need to be in the right mood for this type of read.  This series is perfect for those wishing to stick their toe in something a little more supernatural,  but still have a sweet clean-cut romance.  The language is very clean and along with the romance.  Still a little spice, but more on the milder side.  This author focuses more on the building of relationships, characters and connections then just having them jump in the sack.  Probably more realistic when it comes to most people’s love lives.  Personally I like it, means more pages dedicated to the actually story rather than just forcing situations where they can pair up.

This story started a little like the last one, I didn’t know what the heck was going on for a few pages, but I stuck with it and soon was able to piece together what was going on and recognized some familiar faces.  The setting was again at Woodruff Mountain and centers around the third sibling of the family, the lost sheep.  We soon learn what drove Thea away and what her ‘power’ or gift is.  There was a lot of development in the power aspect to this world and, as to not spoil anything, I’m just going to say that I am excited with the direction the author took!

Jake was the love interest for Thea and they were a fun match.  I loved how they were pitted against each other in the beginning of the book.  You could see the chemistry there but neither wanted to fess up to an attraction and had to give each other a hard time.  I really enjoyed watching these two work things out.  This story also had a bit of a love triangle going on, something that wasn’t used in other stories, and it just added some angst to the budding relationship.

While the mountain was the setting for this story it took a bit of the back burner compared to the other two books.  More time was spent in the town itself and we got to know the community around the mountain better in this story.  Like the other two books Ms. Cooper manages to teach us about a new aspect to being good stewards to humanity and the environment.  This is an aspect of her story telling that I completely support.  I also appreciate how she goes about giving us these examples without being peachy or weighing the story down.  She strikes a nice balance between advocacy and storytelling, resulting in a story with depth that will hopefully do some good and make people think about the role they play in this world.

Like I said in the beginning this world continues to get better and I’m delighted to see it will be continuing on.  I like how Ms. Cooper is getting bolder with her writing and we see more magical elements working their way into her world.  She is growing as a writer but continues to stay true to the type of story she wants to tell.  I expect only good things to come in future books.


 

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