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(3.5 stars) - Estranged magic!
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
The not-so-subtle name of Salem Creek is where Moon Girl Farm is located. They don't torture witches to death there as was done in the town of Salem in Colonial times, but they do torture them with gossip, innuendo, and shunning
Lizzy left Moon Girl Farm nearly a decade ago to create a normal life in New York City, but upon learning of her grandmother's death, begins to consider that she may have only succeeded in losing herself in her efforts.
Still, she determines to sell the farm and put it all behind her once and for all. But it needs a lot of work, and she doesn't have the money to hire professional help.
After reading her grandmother's journal, she decides to investigate the mystery of the girls who died for herself. But there's a good possibility that the real murderer is going to want to prevent her from finding the truth and clearing her grandmother's name.
At least her childhood friend and neighbor Andrew is still there and willing to help her out.
The story has a moody, modern gothic atmosphere that's loaded with suspense, intrigue, excitement & romance. The earth magic angle is interesting, but it felt a little overly preachy at times, & in a way that wasn't always consistent. The characters are somewhat stereotyped but sympathetic. It succeeded in keeping me immersed, for the most part, thru a prosaic resolution to a satisfying conclusion, however, so I still enjoyed it.
*Clean romance level: passionate kisses, the main characters have sex, with some discreet description but there's no graphic detail
*Language: about a dozen uses each of d-mn & h-ll
*Religion: "white" witchcraft; about a dozen uses of God's Name in vain, sadly and unnecessarily, including twice as curses