Title: A Letter to Three Witches
Author: Elizabeth Bass
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: January 25, 2022
Page Count: 308
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In the sleepy college town of Zenobia, New York, the only supernatural trace on display is the name of Gwen Engel’s business—Abracadabra Odd Job Service. But Gwen’s family has some unusual abilities they’ve been keeping under wraps—until one little letter spells big trouble . . .
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting . . .
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes . . . ?
A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass is a paranormal romantic comedy novel. And just to note picking this one up I thought this was a new author to me but it turns out she also writes under Liz Ireland that I’ve read and also Liz Freeland.
Gwen Engel lives in Zenobia, New York where she comes from a long line of family in the small town that have hidden magical abilities. Gwen’s great-great-grandfather had begun the long time ban of magic on Gwen’s family in Zenobia that now the Grand Council of Witches enforces by having Watchers around the town.
However, when Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive letters from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, stating she’s running away with one of their men things go a little haywire for the three women. Gwen is not sure if her boyfriend is the man Tannith is referring to in her letter but she definitely want the truth soon.
Now as I mentioned I did discover that I had actually read this author before under her Liz Ireland books and now I can see the similarity. The books including this new one are all lighthearted and humorous fun with this one being a rom com while the others I’ve read where cozies. But if you are looking for a bit of fun to pass the time you might enjoy any of them. This one is best described of course with some fun bumbling witchcraft and a bit of romance which I did enjoy and will look for more from this author again in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Elizabeth Bass writes women’s fiction under her own name, and as Liz Freeland is the author of the Louise Faulk historical mystery series from Kensington Books, beginning with Murder in Greenwich Village (June 2018). She also wrote many romances under the pseudonym Liz Ireland.
Elizabeth grew up outside a very small town in East Texas. The first loves in her life were animals and Humphrey Bogart. Had it not been for a father who kept the house full of books and some tireless elementary school teachers, she could have happily remained an illiterate rabbit caretaker addicted to black-and-white films on the late late show.
She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she writes, freelance edits, and still manages to find time for an old movie on most days.
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