SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT by Mary Alice Monroe, (c) can’t be found! No Copyright page! Do you believe that? It must have gotten ripped out!
This is a thoroughly delightful book to read. It has a little bit of Peter Pan magic throughout the whole story. Due to “Crazy Wendy” who thinks she’s the Wendy from the Peter Pan novels. There’s a real sense of magic in this book I didn’t think I would enjoy but I AM enjoying it. The story revolves around a formerly abused divorced mother of two 8 year old Maddie and 6 year old Tom, so their mother Faye O’Neil runs away to England with her children to keep her ex-husband from trying to steal her children again. He had earlier punched his own 6 year old son Tom in the face and he refuses to speak now! She had to do something to protect them all so she divorced him and moved to England. She had already landed an advertising job with her former employer. Wendy’s daughter is wanting to sell her home right out from under her mother Crazy Wendy who isn’t crazy at all. The 3 flat Victorian home was already occupied by a handsome American Physicist named Jack whom Faye is slowly falling in love with, and he with her. The third floor is occupied by Wendy who I won’t call crazy now. Here I am 2/3 the way through the book and I won’t give away anymore of the story.
NOTE: You know how I disapprove of giving away the ending don’t you? Just read this book! I enjoyed Mary Alice Monroe’s other book I read after all!
MORNING LIGHT by Catherine Anderson, (c)2008. Here’s another story about a psychic named Loni MacEwen and cowboy named Clint Harrigan who fall in love while they search for a missing 8 year old boy who happens to be the son of the cowboy. The thing is the Clint didn’t even know the child existed until the Loni searched him out. Of course he thought she was crazy and his Catholic upbringing warned against psychics so they had a rough beginning. Of course they fall in love. Need I say more?
NOTE: It was enjoyable but predictable as most romance novels are.
GARDEN SPELLS by Sarah Addison Allen, (2007).
The Waverley’s of Bascom, North Carolina have always been somewhat “magical”. Their apple tree bears prophetic fruit. Their flowers are edible and get incorporated in various foods the caterer Claire Waverley adds to her recipes. And old Evanelle distributes unexpected gifts to people as if knowing they will be needed in the future. Claire’s sister Sydney ran away from Bascom when she turned 18 just as their own mother abandoned Caire and Sydney, but now she’s returning with a young daughter of her own after running away from an abusive spouse, and she’s upset Claire’s quiet life. The sister’s have some problems to overcome before they settle into a happy life.
NOTE: I AM enjoying this book, go ahead and give it a try.
IN THE COUNTRY OF THE YOUNG by Lisa Carey, 2002. This 13 year old book has the author’s BIO in beginning of the book, right before the title page! Was she crying out for attention? Lisa Carey wrote one other book back then titled THE MERMAIDS SINGING. Lisa Carey lived in Ireland for 5 years. Is Carey an Irish name? I have a feeling it is. This book is about a haunting of a 40 year old male artist named Oisin MacDara (pronounced Oh-Sheen), with a psychic abilities inborn. Now why did I say his abilities were “inborn”? Where did that come from? A little girl ‘s spirit is visiting his cabin, she is one who nearly drowned and died back in 1848 probably from hypothermia after a November shipwreck in Maine. Oisin calls her Neive (Pronounced Nee-av), thinking she is his dead sister’s spirit but her real name is Aisling (pronounced Ash-ling), and her spirit is waking up after many years. Isn’t the Irish language beautiful? Even even pronounced in English it has that lilt to it. I admit I don’t usually read about hauntings in novels, preferring to read of such things only if TRUE. I prefer reality over fiction when it come to such things. I am a curious woman after all. I’ll have to let you know how I like this one. I am someone who feel in love the the Canadian IRISH ROVERS as a preteen back in the early 70’s. That was an oddity when all my friends were listening to Rock and Roll I suppose. I know almost every words to most of their songs even now. I find the Irish language hard to understand since I have only a drop or two of Irish blood flowing through my veins. Although the JONES blood I inherited hasn’t helped my understand Welsh at all! Oh well! I best get on with my day.
NOTE: I guess this is a fantasy book.. I mean the girl ghost/spirit has been living with the man Oisin for 3 months and everyone can see her as if she is alive, and now she’s accelerated growing into a teenager and seems to be sick with a fever right now. None the less I will continue to read this ODD story.. At least it’s ODD for me to be reading it!