I really do love the feel of a paperback in my hands. The ease and the comfort of knowing I am not held hostage by the battery and that I can read in the bath are just some of the reasons I hope that paperbacks never truly go away. I saw a meme that said every time you turn a page in a book a tree smiles knowing that it lives on. I felt that way when I read this wonderful story by Delia James. A Familiar Tail is a first in series that already has a place in my heart. It is a paranormal cozy about a coven of witches and a "witch" who comes to learn later in life that she is from a long line of witches. As well there is a really cool cat! Totally right up my alley! I ordered it from The Book Depository when my friend Lisa of Lisa K's Book Reviews shared it on Facebook, I also ordered book two which is coming out in September and is called By Familiar Means.
Magic and meows meet in the first enchanting Witch s Cat mystery! Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble. Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can t prevent every wicked deed in town.... Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair s former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer."
I loved the of the book cover right away and the idea behind the story. I was not disappointed by this mystery or cozy town at all, I welcome it with open arms. Reading it made me so happy and reminded me of the feelings I had so been longing for for years, to be surrounded by a good group of well meaning and like minded woman, comfortable in your own home and have that sense of belonging. Even though I am about to turn 41 in a few months I really feel like in the last 5 years I am finding that place, that I could only once feel existed in story books.
Heck some say I even have my own familiar. I have also amassed the most amazing circle of on line friends through my writing and cozy reading. I truly feel grateful! They even all played along with my hope to be yearly witches tea party event this year!
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a really great witchy cozy!
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