Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Number of pages: 126
Expected publication: April 5th 2014 by Createspace (first published January 9th 2014)
Lucy Bluebell is a quiet young witch working in a magic shop in her busy town, trying to keep it running after her parents retired. She keeps to herself, avoiding most people after an unkind warlock broke her heart. She has a wish, however: to meet a kind, caring man, who’ll always love and cherish her. Someone she can love with her whole heart. Someone safe who she can rely on.
Warren Lewiston is embroiled in a dark plan and needs Lucy’s help, even though he knows he’s putting her in danger. His goal is to save his friend Sarah; his enemy Saxton will release her only if the plan goes off without a hitch. Warren has to work with Saxton, doing what he asks, or Sarah will never be free.
But then things get messy. Lucy and Warren become hunted. Saxton becomes more threatening. Warren realizes he may lose his friend while endangering a woman he’s falling for. Lucy thinks she’s falling in love with a man who loves another. No one knows who will survive.
In the end Lucy doesn’t know if she’ll ever get her wish.
This is a novella of approximately 35,000 words.
Lucy is a young witch who owns her parents’ shop. She loves working there but at the same time she feels the lack of something…she wants something more from life and someone to be there by her side.
The book opens with Lucy’s wish and, as the action progresses, her wish seems turn into reality…but for how long and is this what she really wished for?
The apparition of Warren in the story makes the plot develop and flower. His deep secret is making Lucy want to know more about him but she decides that he is too dangerous for her. But it seems that danger and curiousity make this book get new wings and fly the reader into a world where magic, romance and the battle between good and evil encounter.
Like always, I really liked the fact that although this is a small novella, a perfect book to read when you feel like relaxing, the author kept me informed with the needed details about the characters. The story was well made, not rushed and I really enjoyed Lucy’s development and her revealing of the strenght that was hidden inside her soul. Though she always seems to be a strong person, Lucy also needs someone she could hold onto, someone who could comfort her, someone worth fighting for.
The secondary characters of the book, Sarah and Saxton, oppose one another in more that one way: one is evil, one is good, one is alive and one is dead…
While I was getting nearer to the ending of this book I was surprised for a few times with turns of events that I did not expect, so more pluses for this read. [:
Readers who know Hanna’s writing style will love this first book of a new series!
“Lucy stared at him, at the pain in his eyes, and felt her heart break in two. She quickly looked away, feeling tears form in her eyes. Don’t cry in front of him. She just felt so emotional – he was so distraught. He was so concerned for her, and so concerned for Sarah.”
“Warren undid the latch on the gate, then pushed it open, a loud creek announcing their presence. The sky above them was cloudy in the middle of the day, only adding to the dark feeling in Warren’s heart. He didn’t want to be there. He wanted to take Lucy somewhere and not look back. But he had no choice.”
“Warren stared at Saxton a moment longer, then transported out of the house. He kept transporting until he arrived back at Martha’s home, but he didn’t go inside. He stood in the cold and dark, leaning his hands against the wall, taking deep breaths. With pain in his hearth, he realized everything was different now. The future he’d imagined was gone. All of it.”