Spells and Oregano: Book II of The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy

Spells and Oregano: Book II of The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy

by Patricia V. Davis


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Overcome by despair after a trauma when she was sixteen, Sarita Taylor has spent the past ten years isolated and lonely aboard her beloved RMS Queen Mary. Fearful of outsiders, she dedicates her time to managing The Secret Spice Café, now an award-winning restaurant. Until Luca Miceli, a man with a dark past, steps on board.

Patricia V. Davis deftly spins past and present, mystery and magic, into a potent story of passionate longing and family tragedy all at once. Spells and Oregano is a compelling tale of atonement, devotion, and undying love, set aboard one of the world’s most magnificent, haunted ships.

The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy is an Official Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection. Don’t miss Cooking for Ghosts: Book I.

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ISBN-13: 9780989905688
Publisher: Harper Davis Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2017
Series: Secret Spice Cafe , #2
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 656,928
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Spells and Oregano: Book II of The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 8 months ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Spells and Oregano is the second novel in The Secret Spice Café series and was penned by author Patricia V. Davis. In this genre-bending book for adults, we find themes of magical realism, fantasy, mystery, and thrilling suspense. Following the events of Cooking For Ghosts, we find our heroine Sarita Taylor aboard the RMS Queen Mary, where she has managed the Secret Spice Café and developed it into an award-winning, high-quality restaurant. But when a new cast of characters steps on board the ship for a cruise like no other, magic and mystery collide once more and threaten to bring tragedy to Sarita’s door. Author Patricia V. Davis has produced an absolutely superb world for readers to dive into, surrounding us with the tense, closed atmosphere of the Queen Mary for a true ghost ship tale with elements of society drama and paranormal mystery. The characterization of the cast of visitors to the ship brings them to life with colorful descriptive work and stylish dialogue, making new figures leap off the page with the kind of suspicion that an Agatha Christie novel delivers. More than this, there are modern romantic elements to steam up the plot, realistic danger, violence to add thrills, and a central heroine with realistic abilities, powerful flaws, and superb strengths to make her totally well rounded. In short, Spells and Oregano lives up to its enchanting premise and is a highly recommended read for anyone looking for a mysterious new world of magic to explore.
Eric_J_Guignard More than 1 year ago
REVIEWED: Spells and Oregano (Secret Spice Cafe) WRITTEN BY: Patricia V. Davis PUBLISHED: November, 2017 This intriguing and intense novel is the second book in “The Secret Spice Café” series, but can also be a stand-alone read. It’s a multi-layered story that brings up issues such as the plight of war veterans with PTSD, while weaving a tale of magical realism, mystery, paranormal activity, and suspense. At the same time, it is, at its core, a story of love. Well written, fun, atmospheric. Five out of Five stars
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Review MY Review of “Spells & Oregano” Book Two The Secret Spice Café, by Patricia V. Davis OMG! WOW! This is the second time I am reading “Spells & Oregano” by Patricia V. Davis. I have been magicaly spellbound and captivated by this intriguing and intense novel. This is the second book in “The Secret Spice Café” series and this can be a stand-alone story. Kudos to Patrica V. Davis for weaving a multi-layered story and bringing up significant issues of our time. The genres for this story are Magical Realism, Fiction, Mystery, Para-Normal Activity and Suspense. The timeline of this story is set in the present and goes back to the past to clarify the events for the characters. Most of the action in the story takes place on The RMS Queen Mary, where the author describes the beauty, mystery, historical details, and rumors and truths of many secrets, spirits and ghosts, as well as para normal activity. Other locations mentioned are Brooklyn, New York, and Las Vegas. Cooking on the RMS Queen Mary is a very important part of this story. Patricia V. Davis describes her character as complex and complicated. Several of the characters have special surprising abilities. There are ghosts and spirits that seem to be sending messages and having “their” say. We have moved ten years forward in time and see that Sarita Taylor has psychic abilities and is not sure how to deal with her dreams and the secrets that have haunted her. Sarita does not like to leave the ship. The other characters from the first book are on board The RMS Queen Mary, some working in the kitchen, and some working in other areas on the ship. Sarita’s dreams and nightmares seem to be tied in with other new characters. In this book, Patricia V. Davis brings us the Magical Realism and the world of magic. The reader is introduced to two twins, each with different abilities.As they mature, they become magicians. Several terrible tragedies occur, that are important in relation to this book. The blurb says” A mother desperate to save her twin sons, a war veteran in torment, a beautiful young psychic with a terrible secret, a powerful magician with a shattered soul, and a Queen steeped in history and glory. These extraordinary beings cross paths and set off a remarkable chain of events in “Spells and Oregano” Book ll in The Secret Spice Café Trilogy.” There is also a dark mystery and much suspense that is going on the RMS Queen Mary. Someone is hurting and trying to sabotage Sarita and The Secret Spice Café. The author provides us with subtle clues, and after reading this a second time, I still could not have seen the conclusion. There are twists and turns, and danger. When ghosts and spirits are involved, it is more complicated. I appreciate that the author discusses feelings such as anger, fear, jealousy, betrayal, loyalty, trust, faith, hope and love. Patricia V. Davis brings in significant topics that are more than just “Fiction.” Some of these are: war and trauma, medical issues, mental issues, emotional issues, proper treatment, abuse, sibling rivalry, and a supportive network. I would recommend this engaging and fiery novel to readers that appreciate the genres of this book. I received an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review. I eagerly anticipate for the next book in this series. Happy Reading! (less)