Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Last night I got tired of watching TV and decided to try this book. I wasn’t sure I would be able to give it my full attention, since I was a little tired and I didn’t know if voodoo was a genre I was really into. Needless to say, I opened the book and the next thing I knew it was 4:00AM and I knew I had to get some sleep before continuing a story that held my attention from the first page.
At the age of twenty, Sophie Nouveau lost her mother, a mother who never gave her any information about family, and who was a very mean drunk. At the age of six, when Sophie excitedly told her mother she had cookies for Santa so he would finally come, her mother put her cigarette out in the cookies and informed this little girl there was no Santa. Sophie hated the mother who was never there for her and who left her alone and lost when she died. Five years later she received a letter informing her that her grandmother Seraphina Papillon had died and left her half of the family’s voodoo shop in New Orleans. Sophie was always told that her mother’s mother was long dead, just another lie in a life time of lies and secrets.
Sophie went to her grandmother’s funeral hoping to meet other family members or anyone who could fill her in on her mother or any family that might still be alive. She found much more than she ever expected. Poppy Laveau lived with Seraphina for ten years and learned everything from her. The one thing that only Sophie and the other women from her family had the ability to do was to be a mind-changer. As a mind-changer Sophie would always be putting herself in danger because she would have to confront the evil person she is trying to change for the better using a special powder her grandmother mixed.
Sophie and Poppy lived together behind the shop and Sophie learned all she could about mixing potions, but she was not willing to venture into the mind-changing game. Sophie had no faith. Between Poppy and Father Malachi they tried to get her to believe in God and the mysteries of life. Then Taj entered her life. Working beside her and being the kind of man she had always dreamed of, he had no idea about her ability to change people’s minds turning then from evil to good. With her lack of faith and belief, her chances of becoming the new mind-changer was next to zero.
Another mysterious man entered her life, a man older than her, but very charismatic and who changed her, her clothes, her hair and who wanted to become closer to her. He bought her everything including a diamond butterfly ring because he called her his Voodoo Butterfly. Jacques Saint Germain was a mystery appearing out of nowhere when least expected and helping her when necessary but there was much more to the man than met the eye. Running Seraphina’s House of Voodoo put her into a dangerous place, letters arrive threatening her with death and men approach her with evil intentions. The only answer is to return home and leave those she has learned to love behind rather than cause them harm. Even though she has grown to love Taj and Poppy she is not safe to be around.
Sophie has a lot of growing up to do and a lot to learn. Whether she is able to do so is not for me to reveal. I will only say that I loved this book couldn’t put it down and can’t wait for more.