FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
Tattle and Wrye review the paranormal SILVER CORD by J. C. Mead.
“Kat Cambridge heads for the deep south when her not-so-wonderful Catholic/Atheist husband has a heart attack and gives up the ghost. Which is quite ironic considering a different ghost attacks Kat’s heart but in that goose-bump, hubba-bubba way.” Wrye leans forward and does the infamous eye-brow lift and wiggle. “Once there, she absorbs natures and reconnects with her old wiccan practices.”
“The oooh yum-yum Scottish soldier specter might be just what single mom Kat needs, in a strange sort of way, to help her forget the nasty past as she makes a new start. Jess Greenleaf, also, a single mom joins Kat and the two intend to restore an old home.” Tattle tilts her head and scrunches up her face as she re-reads a few chapters. “Then again that ghostly owner might have another agenda. His soul is drifting and he needs Kat’s and Jess’ witchy spell skills before he simply is no more.”
“Warning! Warning! Warning!” declares Wrye, waving his arms around like a derelict robot. “Misdirection plans to take you on a little spin around, especially when Colin MacKay shoots an arrow of interest into Kat’s heart.”
“Ah yes, while Kat digs into the house’s history, this new hunka-hunka, all muscle and flesh and real-to-the-touch man reveals ghost-soldier’s identity.” Tattle eyes widened, mouth forms an ‘O’ and she smacks the sides of her cheeks, going into full ut-oh mode. “What a choice… Alive or dead? Who does she choose? Surprisingly, the ghost seduces her right into his… Oh, not going to read-n-tell.”
“Especially don’t reveal any of the lurking secrets or the humorous barbs,” Wrye adds. “All in all J. C. Mead did an excellent job of making Wicca spells seem real, ghost more than a possibility, and has created characters that you want to hang with on a daily basis. Kat’s and Jess’ friendship is very believable, and the relationships with their children have naturalistic appeal. They truly act like typical moms.”
“I like the well-paced writing style and how the story keeps you guessing. There is plenty of romance but it doesn’t overwhelm the mystery, magic and momentum of the storyline. It totally held my attention. I found myself propping up my e-reader and following along even as I was cooking. Errr, yes, I burnt the chicken. Shame on you, J. C. distracting me that way. Tsk… Tsk!”
“Oh, just go have some Mead and stop complaining, that is always Kat’s and Jess’ go-to,” Wrye says with a big grin.
“Seriously, this a great read, smooth plot, creative twist on what could have been an old theme, interesting and clever dialogue and appealing, ageless, realistic characters - even the ones you don’t like, you enjoy disliking them. Great book, it is in my to-be-read-again pile!”
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