TWW’s Book Review: A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

I’ve
been reading a few fun and quirky paranormal books as of late and that
was what I was expecting when I found Debora Geary’s “A Modern Witch”.
But I can definitely tell you that this one was way more than what I was
expecting…and in a very good way!
I
was hooked almost immediately with Lauren and her friend Nat. I don’t
know if it was due to the fact that the story was based in Chicago and
Berkeley and the fact that I used to live near Chicago growing up as a
child and I live near Berkeley now. (How uncanny is that?) Perhaps it is
due to the fact that there are so many other elements in the story that
I could relate to…family, similar to those portrayed by Nat’s family
and by Nell, Jamie, Sophie, Aunt Moira, Jennie, little Aervyn and the
rest of the clan. I know what it is…it’s because Ms. Geary has weaved
in the new (modern) elements of today’s real life with history,
tradition, and a deeper understanding of the things around us and how
they can enhance our lives.
Actually,
I think it is really all of the above and so much more. I really felt
that the story was believable in the sense that perhaps there really are
people out there that have “gifts” that they don’t really understand
but somehow have tapped into them in order to make their lives easier.
Whether one could call that being a “witch” is subject to the “user” and
if they choose to believe in it or not. I am sure that there are many
“users” out there that hold very strong beliefs.
The
vivid descriptions of what Lauren goes through as she learns to harness
her newly found powers is extraordinary. There were points throughout
the story truly made me feel that I was standing/sitting right alongside
her as the developments unfolded. This was especially so during the big
circle gathering when Lauren was finally able to show the family that
she was up to being little Aervyn’s channeler. Their kindred spirits are
entwined with love and trust for each other and themselves.
Now
as much as I would love to tell you what little Aervyn does during the
circle, I won’t! You’ll just have to read the story for yourself. But I
will say this, it was not at all what I was expecting! In fact
everything that little Aervyn does is not what I would expect a four
year old to do, but that is what makes him a truly loveable character.
One
of the things that I love about this story is seeing several women
really come across as being strong and independent, yet loving and
family oriented. Not a lot of mushy romance, but more real life with a
bit of mystical, magical and surreal moments. I really didn’t want the
story to end and am glad there are more books in this series. Rating:

Wishing you moments of great reading!

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