Day: November 20, 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On my quest to catch up on past series I’ve enjoyed, I’m almost to the end with the Ophelia & Abby series written by Shirley Damsgaard. Today I’ve finished number six, The Witch’s Grave. I enjoyed this one, but it’s my second favorite thus far. I liked the last book a bit more, yet this was still a good one.
Ophelia is having vivid dreams. She’s also met the man of her dreams in real life. And she thought it was love at first sight… then he was shot. Was the bullet meant for her or him? As she unravels the truth about his identity, she learns more about her own past lives… is reincarnation something she should learn more about? This paranormal cozy takes on new levels when Abby and Ophelia try to solve the biggest case yet. Her adopted daughter, Tink, might be in danger, so she leaves to visit Aunt Mary and Aunt Dot… because that’s gonna be the mystery in the next and final (possibly?) book in the series.
Ophelia is a headstrong girl who knows how to keep herself single and distant. She might flirt from time to time, but she’s really not a relationship-type of gal anymore… at least ever since Brian was murdered before the series started and the only other guys she opened up to about her being a witch weren’t very supportive. I understand why she’s hesitant and I applaud Damsgaard for not making this a central part of the book’s story-line. It’s truly the mystery and a witch’s learning curve. I like this style and definitely recommend it for anyone looking to foray into a new sub-genre or genre-crossing medium. Hey, look at that, I’m using proper lingo. I must be getting lazy in my reviews by introducing quips instead of solid feedback.
This book deals with an author’s secrets, a vision of Nazi Germany, and illegal immigrants. How does it fit together? Well, it’s perhaps a bit of a stretch. I believed all the action, but I also thought too much was left out to make this a show-stopper book. I really want to see if have the full package where I can’t ever put it down. It falls short but is still a really strong read. I can’t wait to dive into number seven next when we visit North Carolina.
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.