A Charming Death by Tonya Knappes was a quick but engaging read. It is one of eight stories by eight different authors in the compilation, “Spell of the Ball.”
The wedding of June Heal and Oscar Park, a witch and wizard belonging to two opposite sides of the magical spectrum are set to be married and their aunts are at war with their decision. Although the Good-Siders and Dark-Siders live harmoniously in the same town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky, the two sides are to never marry.
As the town prepares for the All Hallows Eve celebration and June and Oscar prepare for their wedding, strange things start to happen not only to the people around them, but a secret is discovered. What could a friend talking to herself, a strange yellow ball that follows June’s familiar; Prince Charming, a missing ostrich, a ghost charm and a poising at the wedding mean for the future of the Heal and Park families?
I loved getting to know June and her friends. The shops were charming and I really got wrapped up in the surroundings in the short amount chapters there were. The only thing that I would have liked to see different is the aunt’s resolution. It was too quick after all the drawn out drama over the ceremony plans. I would like to have seen a document, spell or something to help them be okay with the decision that was made. I would have thought the parent’s blessing would have been thought of earlier than at the last minute.
The names of the characters throughout the book are so witty! I love June and Oscar’s friends and want to know more about everyone’s background. Their jobs are fascinating and I love how they “fit in” to normal society. Brilliant. I want to literally explore this town because it sounds like an amazing place that would be a perfect get away. If you love magical stories with a ton of detail you can see, smell and taste, A Charming Death is a great read.
Now, time for me to take a trip and find Whispering Falls. I need to go visit The Gathering Grove Tea Shop for cuppa and read the rest of the “Magical Cures” series!
I was sent this book in exchange for a fair review
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