Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Unexpected Magic – Book 5
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
I am a fan of the Unexpected Magic series and love the idea that two families – the Malcom’s and the Ives’ – who have long been enemies, keep meeting and falling in love with each other. Somehow those magical Malcom women keep taming those brash and boisterous Ives men!!
Don’t think that the ‘magical’ means that some witch is going around waving a wand and casting spells because that isn’t the case. These women are all warm, caring and deeply committed to the betterment of mankind and they use the ‘special’ talents they are born with to help with that. Some have the gift of healing, others of soothing troubled souls, etc.
We have met Emilia, the heroine, in previous books. She has the gift of healing, but she is afraid to use it because she almost died when she was young. She used her healing power to cure her baby sister and expended too much of herself in doing so. This book deals with her overcoming her fear and beginning to learn to use her gift.
Dare is neither a Malcolm nor an Ives, so that is a bit different for the series. However, he is the perfect mate for Emilia. You see – he’s at death’s door from consumption.
Emilia and Dare are two very different people who come together for one set of reasons and find love. They both learn and grow into people we could all admire.
Will (one of the Ives brothers) appears several times in this book just so we learn more about him and begin looking forward to his story in the next book. It will be really interesting to see who his perfectly ‘magical’ mate will be!
** I received an eARC of this book from the author in return for my honest review **