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Review of The Dashwood Haunting, Book 1 in the Amy Stuart Series.
The Dashwood Haunting is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. For history enthusiasts there are tons of interesting facts and anecdotes of the past and intriguing tales of secret societies and alchemists. Amy is a down-to-earth young woman that female readers will easily identify with. Smart, witty and single but very much up for some harmless fun, she is a joy to read as she comes to grips with English culture and their love of drinking tea. Nyland throws in lots of pop culture references Buffy, X-Files, the demise of Murdoch's News of the World, which affords the story a contemporary feel. Light but intelligent reading. (Emma Meade, Goodreads)
Author Dr. Ann Nyland spent her time on Faculty at the University of New England, Australia, teaching ancient grammar and drinking espresso. She is a grammar pedant, ancient languages translator, and best selling non-fiction author of such books as The Complete Books of Enoch; Angels, Archangels and Angel Categories; What the Ancients Said; The Book of Jubilees, among others. The background information about the Australian village of Morpeth and its history, voodoo spirit bottles, and sympathetic magic in ancient cultures presented in this 35,000 word novella is accurately researched and factual.