January 1, 2013 (originally published Feb 28, 2011)
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When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.
As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients.
Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself.
Maeve McKenna has left the hustle and bustle of Atlanta after being brutally attacked..she has also killed a man, the one who attacked her. After recuperating at her moms house (her mom & her sisters are known as the Gems), she leaves for a nice quiet town and job. What she hopes for doesn't necessarily goes her way when a murder happens on her very first day of work.
I liked this story, but I had to really think about my rating. Honestly, I couldn't connect with either Maeve or her love interest Paul.
I just did not get why she bounded her Witch powers after her attack. Now I understood that she couldn't use their powers to kill, but she killed in self defense..so the constant beating up of herself left me very confused. As for Paul, he was just too angry. Okay, you didn't want to come back to that little old town..but you had too..so, shut-up and move on. His little constant bursts of anger and then smiling like it was all good was another thing that left me confused.
The story itself has a good concept..we read as Maeve along with Paul and her family try to figure out century old murders that happened at an old Asylum (which now happens to be the property of the retirement home Maeve now works at) and its effects on the patients there.
I just felt this disconnection that I was never able to gain and it made my reading experience a little tough. Overall, this is a likable story.
Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale of entertaining women's fiction that will take you on an adventure of imagination. Smart stories that make you wonder, and live the romances you dream about.
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