Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Rita Hayworth, yes that was the actual name her parent’s blessed her with, turned 43 and a day later her husband of twenty years announced he was leaving her for two twenty-two year olds, haha, not funny. Her daughter is in college, her future prospects are not looking good and then a package is delivered to her that would change her life.
She receives a document that she has inherited retail property in Eden of England, a home, a car and money. She also received a passport, first class plane ticket and charge card. It all seemed too good to be true but with courage from a bottle of wine she decides she has nothing to lose and sets out for what could be a new beginning.
Her first surprise is an Alfa Romeo car that is hers guaranteed to get her to where she has to go and guaranteed to shock her. The car is equipped with a GPS but more than that the car converses with her and takes over driving while she tries to come to terms with what is happening. She is now the owner of Hallows Antiques & Treasures with a woman named Maggie to help her. She has entered a world of magic but is totally unaware of what she is about to face.
Lochlan meets with her and he is the attorney who sent her the information and is about to introduce her to her new life, her life as the next Magistrate presiding over disputes between parties all from the magical world. It is a lifetime job where she will be honored, protected and have everything monetary she could want but she is not about to jump into anything without asking every question she can come up with.
Lochlan meets her as an old man but when she puts on a pair of magical red shoes she sees the real Lochlan, an elf married to Ivy a pixie. It is hard not to believe everything she is seeing especially when Ivy comes flying in spreading pixie dust. The town is filled with magical people, goblins, witches, vampires, banshee and the list goes on. When she meets Keir Culain who comes off as a human she is about to get another lesson in the unbelievable.
Keir is part of the magical world but I won’t reveal what he is. He and Rita find themselves attracted to each other but thanks to her ex-husband her confidence level is at an all time low and even imagining being with someone like Keir is beyond her expectations. Rita learns something new everyday and she is constantly reminded that “The Powers That Be are never wrong. She accepts the fact that there are paranormal creatures alive and well living in town and not just imaginary beings in books.
I enjoyed all the changes Rita had to accept in her life and just the fact that she is human and American brought quite a few chuckles from me, what she considers a joke everyone around her seems to take seriously now they as well as her have some learning to do. What happens between Keir and Rita and whether she accepts the job as the new Magistrate is not for me to say what I will say is that I finished this book right after our Congress was attacked, people died our democracy was threatened and while we are living through a pandemic so this trip with Rita through a magical world was just the release I needed.
I can’t wait for book two, oops I have book two sorry I mean I can’t wait to read it because there is much more coming.