“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.
Sydney Logan does it again! I've been following her writing for years and with her transition in to published original fiction, she proves to be a shining gem of an author you'll want to add to your TBR. Her stories are so full of tender, passionate heros who go above and beyond for their lady loves. The first book of her Appalachian Heart Collection, Lessons Learned, is "...a heartwarming romance weaved with heartaches of the past, trials and tribulations of the present, and the promise of a bright future.
This book touches on controversial topics that are rampant in present day in a respectful way, but doesn’t side step them. Ms. Logan hits them head on and brings her readers on a humbling ride."
To read the rest of my review for Lessons Learned, click here.
Both Lessons Learned and Mountain Charm are set in the same beautiful, small town, mountain country side of Tennessee, but other than that, each story is completely different from each other. If you have not read Lessons Learned don't let that stop you from reading Mountain Charm. These books can be completely stand-a-lone (though I encourage you to read them both).
Also, what makes these books different is the slightly paranormal subject matter in Mountain Charm which tickled my fancy. Angelina Clark comes from a long line of witches with special gifts, and on her 13th birthday, each woman gets to cast their first spell. It's a love spell that asks for their true love to find them when they hit 21.
The way the story began immediately captured my interest. We meet Angelina on her 13th birthday casting that very same spell her own mother and her grandmother cast long before her. We find a hopeful and excited little girl eager for her true soul mate, singing a lovely song before blowing out her candle. The prolgue is short and sweet and really sets the tone for the whole story.
In chapter one, we're met with Angelina years later, celebrating her 21st birthday, the year she had been waiting for for her whole life...only now she's not as eager. She's a little jaded and has lost her faith in the magic she holds. So on her birthday, she no longer believes that her prince will come, and she doesn't want him to. She just wants to focous on her family and on the music shop her family owns that she manages. But her best friend is excited enough for the both of them and waits on pins and needles for a man to walk into the shop and sweep Angelina off her feet to live happily ever after.
Ang hates to break it to her best friend, but that won't be happening. Magic doesn't exist. She is determined to treat her birthday like any normal day and the day goes on without incident. That is until she hears about a Nashville reporter in town to get the scoop on her and her family's history.
Dylan Thomas's passion is writing, so working as a reporter for a maginzine definitly has it's perks. He gets to travel, experience new things like rock climbing and water rafting, and gets paid for it. He was supposed to be water rafting down the Mississippi for a new story, but his boss pulls him off that story and sends him to a small town shrouded with rumors of witches and magic. It's his job to write a fluff piece and get the scoop on the Clarks.
He grudginly accepts the assignment, but when he makes it into town and meets Angelina for the first time...sparks fly...and maybe in not the way you'd expect it too. Lol. Their first meeting doesn't seem promising for a life time of love, but reading about these two characters is funny and you'll fall in love right along with them.
Both characters struggle with real life issues. Angelina lost her belief in herself the moment she couldn't save her father from cancer, and now cancer is eating away at her mother. With the gift of healing, how can she not cure her parents? Dylan grew up without a father, watching his mother struggle to support themselves for years, but now his dad wants back in his life?
Mountain Charm is a great book. I read it very quickly, not putting it down. The heat rating isn't scortching hot-that's not Ms. Logan's style-but your not left wanting for romance. I'd rather read her romances full of real lasting pure love, tender moments that make you sigh with longing and desire, and her heart warming message on family and life, than read a sex filled romp lacking heart any day.
Great job, Sydney!