When you are ready, seek, and you shall find. It is your gift.
Gwen Harper left Pendleford 13 years ago and hasn't looked back. Until an inheritance throws her into the mystical world she thought she'd escaped. Confronted with her great-aunt's legacy Gwen must finally face up to her past.
The magic she has long tried to suppress is back with a vengeance. Gift or burden, for Gwen, it always spells trouble. She has to stay - she has nowhere else to go - but how can she find her place in the town that drove her out after branding her a witch?
©2013 Sarah Painter (P)2016 Sarah Painter
If magic and romance are your thing, then do have a listen to this book.
When Gwen returns home to the place of her childhood, she quickly discovers she isn’t welcomed by everyone. The locals assume she is a witch like her late aunt who has left Gwen her house, and all of her possessions.
Gwen has her own special powers, but isn’t interested in using them - all she wants is a normal life. However, she finds herself drawn into the goings on of the local community.
Some are wary, some are downright unfriendly, and a few are expecting her to take over where her aunt left off.
There is one man in the village keen to get reacquainted though, her old flame Cameron, who I’m not going to tell you anything else about - You’ll have to listen yourself.
I used to love audio books in my youth but have fallen out of listening to them as I grew up, I'm not sure why. Perhaps it is because I have a very vivid imagination and the narration and voices didn't always match my interpretation of them.
I was somewhat nervous embarking on this audiobook adventure as I love 'The Language of Spells", have read it many times and have strong ideas of the characters. I need not have worried; the narration and character portrayal are spot on - the sign of a well written character and good communication between author and narrator.
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this engaging story and getting to know the characters anew in audio form.
The book follows Gwen, a 30-something small business owner, who just happens to be a witch, settling down as an adult in the town where she grew up. Petty jealousies, not so petty jealousies, past loves and town council officials all play their part in this engaging tale which is as much about finding out who you are and where you belong as it is about magic.
So, according to Goodreads this book has 332 pages. At 20% (location 1136 of 5601) I don’t have a clue what Gwen looks like. She could be a snaggled-tooth-crossed-eyed-wart-nosed-female-with-a-brillo-pad-head-full-of-orange-hair for all I know. Nor do I have any idea what Cam looks like. In all these pages couldn’t she have told us what the main characters look like? I absolutely hate when an author doesn’t tell you important things like that. It makes me lose interest in the book so fast it’s not even funny.
BUT worse than that is the author’s laziness in: replies, answers, remarks, exclaims, articulates, mentions, murmurs, mutters, anything but “said.” Is it really so hard to find another word once in a while other than “said?” In this 332 page book (according to Goodreads) Sarah Painter used the word “said” 1,096 times. Really?
That’s why I stopped reading at 44%. If I’d read that word again I was going to scream. I think I only read 1 Loretta Chase book then never read another because of this very reason. It was all “he said she said.” Needless to say, I won’t be reading any more Sarah Painter books.
The F-bomb was released 14 times and I have no idea if there was sex. As of 44% there was no kind of desire that would make you believe Gwen and Cam would ever be involved romantically.
As to the narrator: Stevie Zimmerman did a fantastic job, up until I quit reading. Her men sound like men and as long as a narrator reads with emotion they’re great in my opinion. Stevie Zimmerman gets better with every book she reads.
"Good narrator so/so story"
First time author for me.
Though not my favorite, I do like fantasy/paranormal at times. This one just didn't captivate me.
I think Stevie Zimmerman did great with what she was given. The story fell short.
The author tried to make it spooky but just didn't expand enough on her characters and some where just not needed.
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