- Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- Release Date
- November 2015
Action/Adventure Romance, Horror Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel
Amanda Givens is careful how she uses her powers. She doesn't want the people of Canaan, Connecticut to know they have a witch among them . . . even a good white witch. For years, she's lived quietly in a remote cabin with Amadeus, her quirky feline familiar. At first with her husband, Jake, the love of her life, until a car accident; but now alone after his death. But when she's wrongly blamed for a rash of ritualistic murders committed by a satanic cult, she knows she can no longer hide. She's the one the cult's after and she is the only one who can stop them and prove her innocence.
As punishment for fighting and destroying the cult, she's drawn back in time by the ghost of the dark witch, Rachel Coxe, who was drowned for practicing black magic in the 17th century.
Now, as Amanda tries to rehabilitate Rachel's reputation in an effort to save lives, as well as her own, and falls in love all over again with Joshua, her reincarnated dead husband from the future, she has to rely on a sister's love and magical knowledge, and a powerful sect of witches named the Guardians to help her get home safely.
Jul 07, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
Back in the seventeenth century, an accusation of being a witch meant a death sentence. Innocence or guilt played little to no part in the matter when frightened, terrified people lost all sense of justice to a mob mentality. In WITCHES, we see just how little people have changed in four hundred years.
Afraid of how the good people of Canaan, Connecticut might react, Amanda Givens takes care in how she uses her powers. Though, as a white witch, she only uses her gifts to help others, she knows from experience that even when small acts of kindness are attributed to the supernatural, suspicion slowly begins to take root. And what quickly follows suspicion is blame.
When the sleepy New England town is suddenly subjected to a rash of ritualistic murders committed by a satanic cult, the townspeople immediately suspect Amanda. By the time Amanda recognizes that she's the one the cult's after, she also comes to the realization that she alone has the ability to put an end to their destruction--and by doing so, prove her innocence.
Drawn back into the seventeenth century, Amanda finds herself inhabiting another woman's body and given the opportunity to correct the wrongs Rachel Coxe committed while practicing black magic. Except suspicion has already taken root in the villagers' minds, and no number of good deeds can undo that which is already done.
Realizing Rachel's fate is sealed, Amanda has to rely on her sister's love and magical knowledge, along with a powerful sect of witches, called the Guardians, if she is not to face the drastic end Rachel did.
Though Kathryn Meyer Griffith's book does contain romantic elements, it is far too dark and tragic to ever be considered a paranormal romance. Ms. Griffith does an excellent job of painting the grim realities of the seventeenth century, and Amanda is a noble, yet very human, protagonist. As we follow her exploits and those of her sister, Rebecca, we are drawn into the story with them, feeling the real physical pain and horror these characters experience as they try to unweave the evil bonds that have snared them.
Despite its darkness, there is much to recommend in WITCHES. If you like stories that draw you into other worlds and times without the rosy tint of romance to soften the harshness, you may find WITCHES to be a very satisfying read.
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