- Pub. Date: June 2011
- Publisher: Hyperion
- Format: Hardcover , 288pp
The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
REVIEW:I do not know what to expect of this novel. The Beauchamp women are bound by the White Council's law not to use their magic for something bad that happen, for what seems like eons of years ago; chapter 15 came and went without any solid explanation, clues are left here and there but still nothing. Then there it is, the Salem witch trials. I was beginning to think it was not as big as the build up. I did like how Ms. De La Cruz introduced her characters. Freya, the wild child; impulsive, energetic and fun. She is my Freya and her troubles with her fiance's brother. Very scandalous and intriguing, personally I would have liked it if she resist, it was a very bad thing to do, but it adds flavor to the book. The way Killian draws in Freya will make you suspicious of the Gardiner brothers. Ingrid, the Librarian who cannot resist to help people and who seems to have a different past. Then there is their mother, Joanna, lonely and feel left out by her two daughters, missing his son and still mad at his husband who did not defend them during the "trial" those years ago. I understood them and liked them. Then people began to disappear right after they basically said, "Screw it, I am done not using my powers."
The way Ms. De La Cruz wrote the book has an old feel to it, the tone and words she choose made me thought that I was reading the novel from the past not modern day North Hampton. If not for the mention of Freya's music choices and mention of other modern stuff, I could get lost thinking it was set in another time. For a witches that had some hardships before, you would think that these women would be subtle in using their magic but no, they were crazy. Freya commercialized her potions disguised as a cocktail drink, and Ingrid accepting "clients" to help women get pregnant, make their husband faithful to them, etc. Joanna showing her young charge; her true identity. It was a very bold move. Aside from that there were also steamy scenes, lots of secrets, laughs, love and suspense. The ending left a huge cliffhanger and the twist offered an excellent shock. It was a very entertaining read, I LOVE IT; a GREAT start for Melissa De La Cruz' adult series. I can't wait to read the next one.