Friday, April 17, 2015

Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A. Moore (Coon Hollow Coven Tales Book 1)

Witch's Moonstone Locket
A Coon Hollow Coven Tale
by Marsha A. Moore

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Coon Hollow Coven Tales - Book 1
Publication Date: March 21, 2015
Publisher: Marsha A. Moore
Genre: YA paranormal
Print Length: 265 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead.

Determined to find that locket, Jancie goes to the coven’s annual carnival held in her small southern Indiana town of Bentbone. This opposes her father’s strict rule: stay away from witches. But she’s an adult now and can make her own decisions. She meets Rowe McCoy, the kind and handsome witch who wears the moonstone. He agrees to let her try to open the locket, but they’re opposed by High Priestess Adara and her jealous desire to possess him. Desperate for closure with her mother, Jancie persists and cannot turn away from a perilous path filled with magic, romance, and danger. 

Witch's Moonstone Locket: A Coon Hollow Coven Tale (Coon Hollow Coven Tales Book 1)My Review
Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A. Moore

Marsha A. Moore takes on a bewitching journey for one young lady who sought peace of mind and closure in the wake of her mother’s death. One decades-old diary from her great-grandmother tells of her own grief and how she dealt with it. Will Jancie find the closure she needs through the words in the diary?

In a world where witchcraft and covens practice their art, legend has it there will always be one witch who had felt deep pain and loss and that witch will carry the Moonstone Locket, said to open only for one truly grieving within their soul. There is a price to pay should it open, but so far, no one has been deeply in need of it, until Jancie comes along and meets Rowe, the handsome witch/widower who now holds the stone. In spite of the legend, a jealous and powerful witch priestess is opposed to Jancie trying to reach her mother, and she will stop at nothing to keep Jancie from Rowe, his talent, his fortune and his heart. But what can be more magical than pure love? Will Jancie find more than closure and a chance to say good bye to her mother? Her path is a dangerous one, as she flirts with evil; will it be worth it all in the end?

Witch’s Moonstone Locket is a dark, yet captivating tale of love, loss and the need to heal. When good must stand against evil, who will remain standing? Marsha A. Moore has cast her own brand of magic on this story by creating a world where magic exists, while its practitioners live a lifestyle reminiscent of days gone by. Imagine living in a small town where part of the population still lives in the 1930’s, in their manner of dress and everything in their lives! Clever casting, uniquely drawn characters, subplots spidering out in all directions, only to be tamed and tied up in a neat bow at the end, Witch’s Moonstone Locket is a fascinating twist on myth and magic. Marsha A. Moore lets her words flow, and each scene comes to life, complete with the breezes, the backgrounds and characters that almost make you feel you have fallen into a fairytale remake come to life. This is a hidden gem in more ways than one.

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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