This book falls in the genre of magical realism, which is one of my favourites. The story starts off in the year 1718 AD on an island off the coast of North Carolina. A coven of witches has gathered on the beach to discuss an impending attack from the infamous pirate Blackbeard. A decision is made by the queen of the witches to send three of the covens daughters as a distraction to Blackbeard. Blackbeard takes the women, convinced that they are not witches, leaving the rest the people on the island to escape his wrath. The queen scarified these women to the pirates to hide there most guarded secret… that they are witches.
After this introduction, the story jumps to present day focusing on the main character Stevie. Stevie is a thirty year old, recently divorced, single mother of a young autistic boy. Stevie has no idea that her mother, friends, and rekindled love interest are all witches, until she saves her son from a near miss car accident. Stevie then discover she too is a witch, and is told about an evil witch who returned to her small town to seek revenge on her and her young son.
I loved the ideas and concept behind this story, but felt it lacked in a few areas. Sometimes I felt confused about what characters were in a scene. And on other occasions, I felt mundane details were described overly, not really adding to the story. But as a whole, the story was good. It kept my interest till the very end.
As a writer myself, I understand the difficulties all to well when it comes to crafting a well-written story. I think this author has real potential in her writing but I’m giving this first book in the Crystal Coast series a 3 out of 5 stars. If you want an easy beach read, and love stories about witches, this book might be for you.