Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Wednesday Night Witches by Lee Nichols

Wednesday Night Witches
Lee Nichols
Red Dress Ink - Harlequin
August 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-373-89554-0

When Eve Crenshaw leaves her boyfriend behind in Manhattan and runs to her old college roommate living on Broome Isle, she doesn’t expect to be there long. Sure that Gregory will see the error of his ways and plead for her return, Eve is shocked when he calls to get an address where he can send her belongings. Deciding to make a new life with support from her old friend Natasha and new friend Kim, she secures a teaching job at the island’s elementary school, rents a cottage from Kim and tries to settle in. That’s easier said than done for a city girl. Calling themselves the Wednesday Night Witches, the ladies set out to enjoy one evening each week that’s just for them.

When bad weather keeps them in for their weekly get-together, Eve is in Kim’s cellar proving there’s nothing to be afraid of when she stumbles upon a bottle of what they assume is alcohol. Deciding to try it out, they take the time to share a personal wish. Come morning they’re waking up oddly disoriented without much memory of the night before, but they feel too good for it to be a hang-over. As each wish mysteriously comes true, it seems that everything else on the island is going terribly wrong. They have to banish the trouble they’ve unleashed, but in doing so the Witches hope that what they’ve each gained in happiness won’t be ripped away from them as well.

Wednesday Night Witches is an island escape with a magical twist. Eve is an easy character to relate to with her daydreaming and future plans in finding the right man to grow old with. Life changes quickly when the hopes and dreams that she and her friends wish for begin to come true. Ms. Nichols tells a wickedly fun and romantic tale that’s liberally sprinkled with a tainted touch of magic. Well detailed in both character and scenery, this humorous read will keep you guessing along with the Witches until the very end.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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