Witch of the Cards by Catherine Stine
5/23 - 5/27
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 recently 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 short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.
Fiera has always had 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 somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. 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 Morro 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 dark fantasy.
Taking you back to another era, Witch of Cards grasps the 1930's with spot on vocabulary, and the essence of simplicity and difficult times.
However, the story is anything but simple. Peter is under cover, trying to put a stop to those who take advantage of those seeking spiritual light. Fiera, a simple girl trying to survive in difficult times, and enjoy a well deserved vacation, crosses paths with Peter, making both their lives change forever.
When times get tough, people like to believe in the supernatural to help them get through it. Fiera never dreamed she would be part of that supernatural world.
This was such a fun story to read. I loved the style of conversation that really pulled you back into the 1930's. The characters were so easy to connect to, and I adored the friendships Fiera acquired through her unexpected journey. With mystery and twists, Witch of Cards will comfort your reading craving.
~*~ ABOUT CATHERINE~*~
Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from futuristic fantasy to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller companion novels Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are both indie award winners. Her paranormal-horror YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. Her YA contemporary Heart in a Box is an Amazon Top 100 in Teen.