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Friday, February 5, 2010

The Bewitching Hour by Barbara Johannsen

The Bewitching Hour by Barbara Johannsen
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Paranormal, Holiday (Halloween)
Length: Short (89 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Shortly after witch Gema McKnight met Professor Derrick Scottsdale, she realized she loved him. A witch in love with a mortal? Even the mystic protector Gema's mother sent to protect her thinks it is a bad idea. The match seems unlikely--but then Halloween arrives and the bewitching hour chimes. Derrick is set to inherit the family fortune--if he can survive the devious plan his Uncle Leonard has arranged. The witch loves the Professor and though she is reluctant to reveal her heritage to him, she refuses to stand by and let him be harmed.

Can the young witch foil the evil uncle's plan and save her beloved professor? Will the teacher still want the witch when he witnesses her bizarre talents? Will the centuries old protector stand idly by and allow her young charge to take on evil Uncle Leonard?
Put Halloween, witches and mortals together and you get magic, spells and potions galore. Add in shape shifting and murderous intent you have suspense enough to keep Barbara’s readers turning the pages.

Gema McKnight is a mixture of naivety and joyous goodwill prone to over anxiety. She’s not afraid to call for help when needed and to heed advice given. But she has a secret and is afraid of the consequences if it is exposed.

Professor Derrick Scottsdale is loved by his students and those in his community he’s always ready to lend a helping hand to. A staid man, Gema thinks, but her man, she hopes.

But the path of true love rarely runs smoothly, and Barbara Johannsen adds plenty of suspense and mystery to the pot.

Apart from the misplacement of page twelve between pages seventeen and eighteen, I enjoyed the fun and smooth writing of this story. This is a short story that has all the ingredient to keep you reading to the end. Thoroughly enjoyable!