Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Gwen Taylor’s passion is her Salem Wildlife Sanctuary, a place where no animal is ever turned away. She learned from her friend Pepper who appeared in A Witch’s Journey, about the magic she has, a magic enabling her to have a sixth sense with animals.
Dr. Brock Scutter has signed on to be the veterinarian for Gwen’s sanctuary since he specializes in wildlife medicine. Gwen and Brock first met through Pepper and her shifter husband when they visited the sanctuary that Pepper runs. Since then their feelings for each other have grown and would grow even deeper if either of them had time away from their practices.
Like Gwen, Brock learned from Pepper that he has gypsy magic which becomes very apparent when he and Gwen visit his family cabin in Maine. Dinner is waiting for them, a fire is going in the fireplace, everything they could want is waiting for them and none of his family did it and no neighbors did it. Gypsy magic at work, everything is done by the magic in the cabin. At this time I want to state that I would give my eye teeth for that kind of magic but I digress.
Brock gets the opportunity to buy a house that he has felt drawn to for a long time, a house that is going on the market and he has first dibs. On the plus side is that the house is known not to be haunted, no ghosts but unbeknownst to him and Gwen there is magic nonetheless.
Pepper with her gifts is able to inspect the house and is sure that there is nothing evil residing in it. Like the cabin in Maine the house does provide and has a history and secret that Gwen and Brock have to solve.
My favorite part of this story were the characters and the love and attention given to animals abused by humans. Baby desert tortoises left on the road in desperate need of care if they ever have a chance to return to the wild.. A wood turtle, badly hurt and abandoned also in such bad shape that it will probably be unable to return to the wild since it’s leg is injured. A white owl that winds up stuck in a truck’s grill with one wing badly damaged. Fortunately the man who owned the truck went searching for a vet to help and found Brock.
Reading about the care these animals are given was heartwarming. Misfit a dog who hangs around but will not go near anyone is Gwen’s newest project. She patiently feeds and waters the dog and sits and talks to it building up trust, amazing.
Magic, injured animals, amazing characters and romance this book had it all.