Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late.
Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune's Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.
Fiera has an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people's hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies bond with Peter Dune's and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events unspools. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever.
And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He's no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this historical fantasy. Around 230 pages.
|Publisher:||Konjur Road Press|
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
Catherine Stine is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy, sci-fi thrillers, paranormal romance and YA fiction. Her novels have earned Indie Notable awards and New York Public Library Best Books for Teens. She lives in Manhattan and loves spending time with her beagle, writing about witches and other fabulous characters, gardening on her deck, and meeting readers at book fests. Find out more at catherinestine.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A book about a orphaned young lady on vacation in New Jersey in the 1930s from her job as a nanny. She meets a young socialite and they visit a tarot card reading establishment where she encounters Peter, an undercover investigator bent on exposing psychic frauds. Ivy and Peter's attraction is instantaneous. Ivy learns she has her own powers when she takes part in a seance. This story was told from two points of view giving you the best of both worlds and both of them are hiding their own agendas. Catherine Stine made great use of period costumes, mannerisms and phrases. However, I felt that there needed to be more back story to Ivy (Fiera) being a witch. Her powers blossomed so quickly I wondered how she could contain them or how she instinctively knew how to perform the spells. That being said I can still recommend the book as an entertaining read with a wonderful ending.
Ivy is a nanny on a summer holiday in Asbury, New Jersey, in 1932. She often has premonitions and feels strangely attracted to the ocean, even though this is her first visit. Ivy knows nothing of the circumstances of her birth, other than her birth name, Fiera. When psychic Peter Dune calls her by that name during a séance and later gives her a deck of Tarot cards, Fiera embarks on a journey to discover her origins and her destiny. The story is told from the points-of-view of both Fiera and Peter. This leads to some repetition, as we sometimes see the same events from both perspectives. This author creates a great sense of atmosphere, capturing the voice and the mood of the nation during the Depression and Jazz Age. She includes historical references to Asbury Park, Hooverville, designer Elsa Schiaparelli, artist Salvador Dali, actress Irene Ware, actor Bela Lugosi, and the Morro Castle cruise liner. And she cleverly weaves supernatural fiction with a real-life tragedy. While this story is complete, the ending hints at adventures to come. Warnings: sexual references, mild sex scenes, alcohol consumption, drug use. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (11 April): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/witch-of-the-cards-by-catherine-stine.html