Thunder Moon (The Witches of Langstone Bay, #1)

Thunder Moon (The Witches of Langstone Bay, #1)

by Joanne Mallory

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With a hint of Practical Magic and woven around the British coast, Joanne Mallory's debut novella, Thunder Moon, launches the Witches of Langstone Bay series.

Thunder Moon paints a beguiling love story, where witchery and magic are real, and love is the ultimate prize.

Thea Lavelle is a hereditary witch whose gift came late. But when she meets Marc, her best friend's brother, she realizes their souls have crossed paths before. 

Devastated by the loss of a patient, grief and guilt have left Marc burnt out, and he knows the best thing for him is to head home to recover. 

But as they are inexplicably drawn together, it soon becomes clear that fate is at work.

Are they strong enough to confront their unknown past, and still build a future together?

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BN ID: 2940155638438
Publisher: Lighthouse Press, Incorporated FL
Publication date: 03/17/2018
Series: The Witches of Langstone Bay , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 228,873
File size: 481 KB

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Thunder Moon 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is an intriguing start to a new paranormal series set in a small community on the British coast. Thea Lavelle discovered she is a witch whilst away at University in London. Her best friend, Ellie, helped her learn to cope and control her powers and both returned to the comparatively tranquil homes. Now Ellie’s brother is also returning home. He’s a healer and a military man who had planned to be a lifer, but is reevaluating his choices after a patient of his unexpectedly commits suicide. He’s returned to his childhood home and when he meets Thea the attraction is instant and mutual. Thea, however, realises their souls have crossed paths before and she’s anxious to discover how and when. Fate is definitely at work but will their past interact with their present to enable them to have a future together or to tear them apart? The story is set in contemporary times, with characters who are part of the community but have secret abilities. The magic is a relatively minor part of this story, though the spirits and ghosts have a more significant role. It is a novella, a quick but entertaining read. I look forward to reading future books in this series to learn more about the characters and discover just what has happened between some of them to make them so wary of each other. The author’s descriptions of the setting really bring it to life in the imagination of the reader and were a key strength in the story. I’ll definitely look out for future stories in the series as I want to get to know the characters better and discover what happens to them all! I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
I did not realize how short this book was until I started reading. Like novella length, so don't do what I did and go in expecting a full-length novel... which I think was the problem. Thunder Moon NEEDED to be a full length novel to accommodate all that was going on. This sounds like it's going to be a paranormal romance/urban fantasy type book, right? Based on the synopsis I would make that assumption. Instead, it was romance with SOME supernatural aspects but not enough to curb my expectations. I love paranormal romances so I could ignore the length of this book if it delivered on all the witchy goodness. But it did not. Furthermore, that romance was all chocked full of insta-love. I get that it's a novella so you're fitting a lot of story into a short space (why did it need to be a novella?) but I wanted that romance developed if it was going to take up so much page space. I wanted to get into the characters more, and didn't mind Thea and Marc's alternating points of view, but I never had enough time to care about them nor see any real development. For this particular story and the way it's presented, they needed more time to come into their own, more of a focus on that development compared to the rest of the plot. I wanted to feel what they felt, to really get in their heads. As it was, I think anyone could have jumped into their shoes while reading and I'm sure that works for some people. Just not me. Thunder Moon definitely felt more story driven than character and I happen to be a fan of the latter. The writing itself is decent. I wasn't marveling at the skill but it was descriptive and easy to get into. This book is definitely a quick read both from the style of writing as well as the pace. Mallory keeps the story moving at a good clip. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough of this story. I think the plot holds a lot of promise and could have definitely been expanded to bring out those characters a bit more as well as flesh out the world (I need to know what's up with the magic, thank you very much). If you're interested in quick, easy romance with a paranormal spin, you might enjoy this novella. If you're looking for something a bit... more, probably not the best for you. An okay read for what it was.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Marc is a therapist in the army who has been sent on a month long leave when a patient he had been treating a patient- Patrick- had committed suicide. Marc had thought Patrick was doing good then Patrick commits suicide and Marc is messed up over this young man’s death. Marc is a little burned out and had some thoughts of leaving the military for a couple of months. Marc had thought the army would be his career but wasn’t so sure now. Maybe after ten years in the army it was time for Marc to get out and start somewhere else. Marc and his sister ell are healers. Marc knew the minute Elle seen him she would know something was very wrong. Elle did know it and it worried her and their mother who had picked up on something in a ten word text also knew and was worried. Thea and Elle had met on a train to the university and quickly became friends and roommates. The also both grew up in the bay a couple of miles apart. Then Thea came into her witch powers while attending the university and it was unexpected to say the least. Thea is still learning what her magic can do and she gets her power from the elements. Thea also goes to a copse of trees where the spirits speak to her. Then Marc and Thea meet and their is an instant connection - they even felt familiar to the other when they had never met before. Thea has her brother’s dog most of the time as her brother is away a lot. The dog and Thea seem to have a special relationship. This would have been a great story if it had just been longer. I would have liked to know more about Marc, Elle’s and Thea’s background and powers. I think that it actually turned more to the romance of Thea and Marc or instas/ lust or love whatever you want to call it. I also believe this story should have had more supernatural elements to it connecting the powers that the three main characters had. But it was a fast read, as I said to fast for me actually but that is my opinion.I was disappointed in this story.
MayaTheBookExplorer_Blog More than 1 year ago be honest I expected more from the story. I know, it's super short but I think that's what the problem was. There are too many details in it that are simply not needed and those that are needed aren't there. I just didn't connect to the characters and the first half of the book was really hard to get into. The second half was a bit better. It's a love story with fantasy elements, such as ghosts and witches. When I saw the blurb I thought I'd really enjoy the plot but in truth the plot has so much unused potential. Had the book been maybe 100 pages longer, then this story would have made more sense and I would've probably enjoyed it properly. That's just my opinion and I'm sure not all will agree with it. If you like the story, then I'm happy for 'ya. :)