From Bittersweet romance to… a British local. Witchy women and a surprise for a woman who figured her adopted family wanted nothing to do with her. Witch is When it All Began by Adele Abbott is the first in the series A Witch P.I.
This mystery series is actually way more extensive than I realized when I came across this as a free download. I do believe there are 13 at current count of these. The estimated read time for it (typical whatever) was a little over 4 hours so I think it is classified as a novel. It is cute, humorous, not much on the romance really… yet… but the main character – Jill Gooder is an interesting individual surrounded by people who are worth reading more about.
Jill has taken over her father’s P.I. office after his death and employs (I use that term loosely as with a downturn in their clients post change over Mrs. V works for free knitting like crazy and fighting with the office cat – a one- eyed specimen named Winky) a single receptionist. She is determined to continue the family legacy and solve any mystery thrown her way. Apparently including that of her own past.
Jill is adopted and very happy with her sister. It is not until her birth mother sends out a message requesting her presence at her death bed that things get… well… witchy.
A legacy she has yet to fully learn about, a family to acquaint herself with as well as mundane murders and problems to solve. The mystery in this story was interesting with a bit of a surprise solution. The main character has a healthy sense of humour and a stubborn streak a mile long. There is only a dash of a potential romance and a good strong mystery going on that is intriguing. The magic and the mundane characters are all quite interesting. So if you like magic, mystery all wrapped in a very British package this could be a series for you!
Sometimes those daily freebies on Amazon are absolute gems… Keep Me Ghosted, a first in a series by Karen Cantwell is one of those.
What is a single girl with a ghostly tag along to do but live life her own way? Sophie is an animal loving single girl with a one eyed cat and a pet flying squirrel named Peter Pan. I have to say I absolutely ADORE her ghostly companion Marmaduke… British and all!
In answering an add to work as a receptionist at a specialized optomotris’s office Sophie is introduced to the dishy Dr. Callahan and his not so friendly ghostly tag along Moonflower. With a struggling practice and ghostly interruptions there is lots to be accomplished, a minor mystery to be solved and hilarity to ensue.
This is the first in the series, and I am rather looking forward to future installments. You fall in love with the characters and honestly are right there with them all the way. The romance is gentle and REALISTIC. Sophie, for all her quirks and silly moments has a good head on her shoulders. Ghosts and a little witchcraft with a dishy doctor (eye) to boot… I honestly could not put this one down!
Ok, take out chapters 11 and 12 (if you prefer non graphic – sex wise – books like I do) and Her Perfect Mr. Christmas by Melissa Jolley is a wonderful Christmas themed short story. What is a strong and independent woman to do when she is dumped by her boyfriend right before Christmas? Well, call her bestfriend for support. And when said bestfriend is not at her phone? Well, her older brother takes over and comes to be that shoulder to cry on. This is where our story continues on.
Poor Marty (Amy Martin) is a strong woman born from a family that neglected her. Finding companions and joy with her bestfriend and her family she has never once looked closely (romantically) at her friend Kaye’s older brother Dominic.
This romance has a taste of comedy a little conflict and a lot of fun. Again, as this is a short story I don’t want to give too much away but I personally really enjoyed this story. Based in England there are some colloquialisms of course and some differences in landscape from some other stories I have read. I love that the characters are sweet and funny and appreciated that the sexual content is actually something you CAN skip if you want (and I would in a re-read). Again… seasonal romance with a giggle or two – this could be the book for you!