Making Magic, Donna June Cooper
Making Magic, Donna June Cooper
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal, Romance, Mystery.
This is one of those series that I jumped in, starting with book three, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It wasn’t difficult to follow, as each book is about a different couple from within the whole group, though of course you’ll get more from the overall story if you know what’s gone before.
Jake – he’s the town sheriff, kind of fell into the position by default after his father died. Jake’s one of those people who feel responsible, who want to help, who can’t leave someone who’s got a problem without trying to find the best solution for them. Music is his real love, but not one his family really understand, and so to please them he followed his fathers footsteps. Now though he’s recovering from a bad injury, one that should have killed him but somehow didn’t – and that he’s recovering from far quicker than he ought to…
Thea has spent five years away, working for her previously estranged parents, and now having finished what she set out to do she’s returning. She can’t stay though, however much she wants to…she feels responsible for Jake’s sister’s death, and along with a few other odd things that have happened over the years she now knows she has a talent that could prove dangerous to those she loves. Poor Thea, treated as though she had some kind of mental disorder as a child by her parents she was made to take drugs that had bad side effects. Now she knows its something more, a talent, a supernatural phenomenon, but she can’t talk to anyone about it – well, how can you say “ I can force people to do my commands” – she thinks they’ll think she was mad and she’s not up for more drugs.
Then on her visit home to see her about to be born niece and attend her brothers wedding, she gets caught up in the mysteries that surround the mountain and the people around it. They are a real mixed group of characters, diverse but yet each complements the other. Of course having some difficult people in too, like Jake’s mum and the batty Sarah, make it feel more real – we all know people like that, and for me its that mix of realism that makes reading this such a treat. I felt that it could be real, that maybe there is a place where hope for the future starts – or has started, where people have special skills and can use them for good. Of course special skills like this can also be used for evil too, and we see a bit of that when the group faces some very real danger. Around all that, the mystery of the babies, the music festival, the family wedding and the approaching birth, there’s a true love story growing. Jake has always had strong feelings for Thea, they used to play together in a band, along with his sister and others, and they were a tight knit little trio – then Becca died. Thea had no idea how Jake felt, in fact she thought it was Grace he was keen on, and that was hard for her, to see the boy she loved wanting her sister…now she’s back and Jake thinks maybe he’s got a second chance, but events unfold quickly bringing in weird puzzles and danger.
I really enjoyed this, haven’t read the first two but had no trouble following the story, but I’d love at some point to catch up with those early books, and look forward to more of the mystery surrounding the mountain and the folk who live there. They follow an ethos very dear to me, to do what little each individual can to protect the earth, to ensure we don’t cause problems in what we do and consume, and to try to encourage others to do the same. A mighty oak grows from a tiny acorn and all that….
Stars: Four and a half, a great read, a beautiful romance and a book that’s not too heavy going for when you’re in the mood for a supernatural/mystery/romance, but don’t want to have to concentrate too hard on the story, but want to relax and let it just flow. I look forward to more from the series.
ARC supplied by publishers and Netgalley.