Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mountain Charm

Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan
*May contain spoilers*

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.**

I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book. I loved Sydney Logan's first book and this one was just as amazing as that one.

Angelina is a witch but she hates her powers because she feels like they've failed her. When she turns 21, everyone around her is waiting for her true love to come that she wished for on her thirteenth birthday. Enter Dylan Thomas, reporter from Nashville. He's there to do a story on the Clark family and their magic. Angelina's mom takes an instant liking to Dylan and tells him he can write the article.

While Dylan is drawn to Angelina, she has an instant dislike. Every conversation they have ends in an argument. She doesn't like all the digging he's doing, the questions he's asking, or the feelings he's causing her to feel.  When she starts giving in to his flirting she can't help but think that if he's enamored with her its because of the love spell she cast and its not real.

Watching Angelina deal with her life and the intrusion of Dylan was like watching a movie in my head. I felt like I was right there in Maple Ridge, going to the festival or to the music shop with Maddie. Sitting down by the pond with Cash, Angelina's dog or on the porch with Celia.  I was so happy when Angelina started to embrace her destiny, when she realized that she may of cast a spell but love kept him there. Such a beautiful journey and I'm so glad I got to take it.

**Goodreads Summary