The Lockwood witches are the only tree mystics known to the Midwest, and soon Larena will be the last. Their heritage is crumbling—but not if Larena can save it.
With loving care, Larena helps her mother Irene face the final journey of severe dementia. Corporate vultures, envisioning a mall project, are circling to take the Lockwood land and antique store by eminent domain upon Irene’s death. Their success will lay claim to the souls of Larena’s deceased father and grandfather, both tied for all eternity to the family’s land.
Using rare, inherited magical skills, Larena communicates with trees and crafts their wood into enchanted furniture, which bring blessings to future owners. An unscrupulous witch, working with the corporation for a share of the profits, sabotages Larena’s mysticism to curtail her livelihood. One charming vulture, Reid Peterson, preys upon her heart. Armed with only grit and attitude, Larena fights to stand her ground.
Local seers and fae alike foresee a shift with the concurrence of Winter Solstice and the coming new moon. Otherworld energies will then become available to an unnamed person in desperate need. Larena must be that person—or her heart, home, and heritage will be wrenched away.
Series: Coon Hollow Coven Tales
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Themes: Witches, Fae, Pagan, Magic, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Larena is a twenty-six year old Forest Sage (Wood Witch) born and bred in the coven and the last of her kind. She is graced with the ability to communicate with the energy in the trees, and enchants wood for anyone who touches it. This comes in handy at her antique shop, Lockwoods’ Antiques & Collectibles.
Unfortunately, her antiques business is struggling and her mother’s health is poor. Financial debts are mounting, as are her responsibilities. A proposal of $500,000 to buy her land and store offers a way out. Except, Larena is grounded in a strong sense of family and she refuses to let go of the family name, feeling it’s most important to keep their unique form of magic alive. Only, a heinous seer will see to it that if she doesn’t give it up willingly, she will take it, and much more…
WOW. What a story! I loved this magical installment of the Coon Hollow Coven Tales by Marsha A. Moore. Larena’s life as a tree mystic fascinated me, and how she found her calling running an antique store, enchanting wood for customers. I loved all the rich details and smiled when Larena would have conversations with her furniture. I loved how her Grandfather, a deceased tree mystic, lived within a row of trees, ready to hug her with his branches and communicate with her, offering her advice when she needed it. It was marvelous.
The blending of magical versus non magical people living together as part of a community and the acceptance of one another was great too. I enjoyed the subtle romance, and the ending offered the sweetest happily-ever-after on earth.
I don’t know how she did it, but Author Marsha A. Moore made me feel sympathy for the villain, Ben. The plot twist choked me up a bit, making his prior actions a bit clearer.
Overall, I recommend this novel to fans of magical, witchy reads!
Marsha loves to write fantasy and fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!