The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.(goodreads)
My thoughts...As a fan of Melissa's YA series, Blue Bloods, I was excited to see what she would do in the adult genre. I was pleasantly surprised to see that while it is an adult novel, there is tons of crossover appeal.
The characters in Witches of East End are young and interesting. Well actually they are old, but their immortality keeps them looking youthful. Freya, the star of the show is a hot, social bartender with a talent for mixing potions. Her sister Ingrid, spends her time surrounded by books. We also meet Joanna, their mother, who is not without her talents. What would a story be without a bad boy or two? Bran and his sultry brother fill those shoes nicely. Readers will not be disappointed with the drama that unfolds.
This book had all the elements of a good story. First, plenty of witchy action. I am sucker for magic and Melissa delivered. Second, there were quite a few mysteries that needed unraveled. I stayed on my toes trying to guess "who-done-it". Being that this was an ADULT novel, there were some steamy scenes, nothing very graphic, but just enough to make it interesting. There was also plenty of action infused with great characters. The story took place mainly on a small island, but the world development was interesting and it left room to grow.
The sequel to Witches, titled Serpent's Kiss comes out in June of 2012. I will be reading more in this series. For more information, visit Melissa at her website.
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