Author: Christine Feehan
Published: October 28, 2003 by Pocket Books
Purchased: Years ago in paperback, May 5, 2012 in The Wicked and the Wondrous, $6.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: Bestselling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town’s annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn’t mind working in the undeniably eerie house — not if it means getting closer to Kate. There’s something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.
When an earthquake cracks the mill’s foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed and that it’s coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters’ powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever….
Review: This book is also part of the Feehan Christmas Stories, the second book, but I decided not to put that in the title because I don’t like having my titles that long.
Now it wasn’t quite the mystery that After the Music was but it was way more supernatural, of course it is the second book of the Drake Sisters so it’s expected to be quite different.
Even though it’s a rather short book it does run a little long for me and I just want to smack some sense into Kate every once in a while.
The mystery here isn’t as deep as the other Christmas Stories in this little series but a mystery nonetheless, I just didn’t get a chill down my spine. I really love the poem at the beginning and I also love the fact that parts of it start off the chapters so that the reader kind of knows what’s going to happen. Maybe that’s why the mystery isn’t as deep as the other mysteries.
Not one of my favorites of the Drake sisters but still a good one. The writing hooks me when it introduces Matt and I just love the awkwardness, it’s too cute and I’m still loving the fact that the stories are introduced with the love interests, it really helps to build a connection with the men before the readers get to the sister.
There’s really no mystery as to who will be Hannah and Elle’s love interest, although Elle’s isn’t nearly as obvious as Hannah’s.
The pace just seemed a little slow to me, the chapters taking a little longer than they needed to be. I still really enjoy the Drake sisters getting together and the hard time they give Jonas, although they really need to pay more attention to Hannah.
This is a sweet, yet creepy tale that would be a nice read around Christmas time.
Thank you for reading my review.