From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz’s first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.
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.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.
Witches of East End was a quick mostly enjoyable read. I bet my use of the word mostly throws you right? This was because it was a tad heavier on the romantic entanglements than I usually prefer.
Freya and Ingrid are sisters and immortals in the sense that every time they die their mother gives birth to them again, so they get to grow up again knowing about all of their past lives.
I find that I connected with Ingrid way more because hey, she’s a librarian and into books where as Freya is a wild girl who seems very self indulgent. Ingrid is caring if a bit closed off, but I love seeing how she slowly melts. Plus she has WAY better taste in men then Freya does. Suffice to say I had some serious issues with this chick Freya, I don’t even care about some namby pamby justifications that anyone might make, she’s just wrong.
Romantic mystery readers are likely to enjoy this one. As it has plenty of relationship tension and drama. It does have a mystery running through the central vein of the story that helps tie things together well. While I didn’t love it, I liked it and will definitely read the next book.