Hunter's Moon Magic

Sandra Sookoo
Hunter's Moon Magic
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Publisher
Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
September 2010
ISBN
9781595787446
Genre
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance

SUMMARY
Judith Goode, wrongly accused of witchcraft during the trials in 1600 Massachusetts, casts a spell on the black velvet dress she intended to wear for her lover's return. If she can't realize true love then she wants to ensure that any woman who wears the dress will, but fate has other plans.

Even though Judith is now in ghost form, her quest to unite her soul with her lover's burns strong. The enchanted dress has survived for two hundred years and is now in the hands of Carolina Cox who wears it to a masquerade where she meets Paul Brown. Love blooms and is realized, yet life's problems prevent a perfect match.

Disheartened through the years, Judith gives the attempt one last time in modern day Indianapolis by putting the dress in the hands of Jacob Howson, one of her last living ancestors. He's a computer programmer looking for love and finds it by literally running into Lexy Brown at a dry cleaner.

Sometimes your destiny can be found under the light of a Hunter's Moon.

Book Review by Leslie (reviewer)
Oct 30, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
212 people found the following review helpful
Judith Goode finished putting the final touches on the gown that was supposed to be for her romantic tryst with her lover, Percy. The black velvet, used to make the dress, was supplied by him, which is what made it the perfect gown for their reunion. Judith was afraid though that she had been labeled a witch and knew that she would be arrested and hung before Percy was able to rescue her. As she completed her task of love, she used all her healing craft to imbue the dress with love and hope, knowing that should she be arrested, that all the love she had for Percy would not be realized. If she can't wear the dress, then she is determined that any woman who wears the dress will have her true love dreams realized.

She would meet her fate with strength and honor, and she would stare into the eyes of her accusers, she would die but it would be on her own terms.

Judith is a woman with healing lore during the 1600's in Massachusetts during a time of widespread hysteria. Many women and children were accused of witchcraft, as well as devil followers and were either burned at the stake or hung to death. She is one of these women whose life was cut short before her time. There is magic in love and with Judith's skill with herbs, and that love is passed down through the generations.

Percy is bold and handsome; he is a seafaring man and the only man for Judith. In his estimation he will be able to rescue Judith at the last hour prior to her hanging. His love is fierce and burns brightly.

Throughout the years, the dress has been handed down; the gown is meant to bring true lovers together, but on each occasion fate was not ready. Love was ignited and burned brightly until life got in its way. Judith is trapped and until their hearts beat again as one, she will not be able to be with Percy. She has one last opportunity for this connection, or all will be lost.

October 31st, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana

Jacob Howson loves the research he has been conducting on his family tree. Imagine belonging to a family that is descended from an accused witch. As he researched Judith Goode and her death by hanging, he was sad that she met the same fate as many of those others accused during that time in history. He is a strong and handsome man with a heart of gold. While he is at the dry cleaner picking up his laundry, he ends up with an extra item on his load. It is a soft black gown and he tries to return it to the laundry. The owner will not take it as it was signed in to him. As Jacob turns to leave he runs into a young woman also bringing in her laundry. She didn't move, therefore, knocking him to the ground.

Lexy Brown is beautiful and smart, as well as challenging and very opinionated. Brushing against the plastic surrounding the dress she feels an immediate connection with Jacob. She is suspicious and ignores this feeling as she leaves the cleaner.

Jacob too feels that connection. Afraid he will not see her again, he follows her across the street and finally gets her to speak to him. He uses up his last nerve and asks her to accompany him to the Halloween party he was attending later. Much to her surprise, she agrees. She allows him to accompany her home and when she finds she has nothing to wear for the party, Jacob remembers the dress. When she finally agrees to wear it, she finds that it fits as if made for her. Again whether it is the dress or if it is just their souls finding each other, Jacob and Lexy feel a strong connection. Their glances are white-hot, and the passion inevitable. Each look and every lingering touch draws them closer. The dynamics are sizzling and the story pulls you in.

This is a first class and fun story full of charm and humor. It also gives us glimpses into the shadowy history of the trials of witchcraft and the hysteria it created. Women and children, young and old were accused during those dreadful years, and many innocents were condemned to death. While the story dealt with this horror, it remained focused on the bright and shiny hope of love and how it endures through the ages.

While I love the story, I was disappointed with the length, as there was one too many stories for the shortness of the novel at 53 pages. So, I wasn't able to get a good in-depth feel for the characters, as the length didn't give the author enough time to really develop her characters. I was able to get a feel for a few of them, but the story was such a beautiful one to be cut short in this way. It was still very well-written and fun. I would recommend it as the story is very innovative and moving. It is very unique from what I have read before.
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