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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: Shirley Damsgaard
Date Posted: 11/28/2008 8:21 AM ET
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I've heard great things about her books and just started #1.

I'm a bit disappointed already.  I can't quite get into the idea that Abby is 73 years old, has lived in the town for 53 years and her 30 year old granddaughter is worried that someone will discover Abby is a witch.

#1  It seems to me that since Abby has lived there for 53 years and no one has "discovered" her secret they won't.   

#2  Let's be realistic here - no magic is going to keep someone alive forever and Ophelia is upset because her grandfather died of a heart attack.

Right now those are the two things that keep a reoccuring theme.  I am past chapter one though not far into the book. 

Is it going to get better?  Is the series better?



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Date Posted: 11/28/2008 5:36 PM ET
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Well, I wish I could help you decide if you are wasting your time or not, but I haven't read this author.  Let us know if it get better!

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I enjoyed the series, but as with any paranormal (or even regular fiction), you have to suspend disbelief a bit.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/28/2008 6:42 PM ET
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I like paranormals.  Love vampires and Snookie and many others.  I guess I'm hoping the pace will pick up. 

Maybe it's just because it's a new series to me.  Sometime I just have to get to a "place" things click and I devor the book.

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I feel the same way about the first book. I haven't picked up the second one yet because the first one didn't wow me enough to jump my imaginary book line. :)  I will eventually get around to continuing on in the series though and I hope it gets better. I've often been less than thrilled with the first book in a new series and then very pleased with following installments. I hope this is how I will feel about this series in time. :)

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 9:00 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/29/2008 10:21 AM ET
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The first 60 pages of this book sucked. The protagonist is whiney, and yes, hung up on things beyond her control- but here is where the book turns around... you begin to see that the author *knows* that Ophelia is hung up on things that she never concerned herself with prior to Brians death. Only since his death did she become bitter and untrusting.This book sets out to resolve her own issues, and let you see why she has retreated from magic.

This is a cozy, and if you don't like cozy mysteries, this one isn't going to be your cup of tea, either. But, by the end of the book, I was commited to the series and am enjoying it *for what it is*. I wanted a book with a paranormal aspect, but not something gruesome, graphic, or overly pagan. This has a light touch, and I liked Ophelia.

I don't particularly find any of the modern cozy books to be especially well written. For well written cozy mysteries, I have been reading Dorothy Sayers, Edmund Crispin, Patricia Wentworth, Rex Stout, and Agatha Christie.

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 11:02 AM ET
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the book gets better...I wasn't sure at first but by the end I liked the characters. 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/29/2008 3:09 PM ET
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Okay, you guys have convinced me and Abby is calling.  It's Abby since she's the witch. LOL

I'm going to give it more time.  I'm reading The Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen and wasn't sure about it until about page 100.  Now I can't wait to get back to it.

Maybe it was all the good things I read about Shirley Damsgaard that made me expect an outstanding book as soon as I opened it.

 

 



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Date Posted: 12/1/2008 1:15 PM ET
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I read the third book first--and honestly I think the subsequent ones are better:) 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 8:33 AM ET
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It really took me til the end of the first book to 'warm up' to Ophelia...I thought she was a bit of a whiny brat at first. I nearly DNF'd it, because I don't do whiny very well. LOL But I decided to continue on--I'm always on the lookout for good series featuring witches that are somewhat realistic...if they are done right, I don't consider them "paranormal" but "normal." LOL  Which is why I decided to stick it out. I also liked Abby's character, and almost wished the series focused on her instead.

I actually quite enjoyed books 2 &3. Book four turned into...something. I can't remember what, but after reading it, I decided not to continue reading the series. I think it was the old "romance" thing, where the author has to drag the character through trying to choose between two (or more) guys...oh and one other thing but I can't tell what or it'd be a spoiler. LOL

Cheryl

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 2:21 PM ET
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Cheryl, I'm with you, I don't do whiny too well.  I think it was hard to accept that Ophelia had that attitude at 30 something.  Then it penetrated that she only visited Abby in the summer so she really didn't have the training that she should have.

The book did improve at about mid point.  Actually turned into a bit of a page turner and left me wanting to read further.  Now, this is just book one so ya never know.

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 4:00 PM ET
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I liked these books but I didn't read them in order.One of them drove me nuts but all in all I liked them. I still have one left to read but I have to be in the mood to read them.Ive started it twice but then put it back.

Stacy

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 6:23 PM ET
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I think I read the third one first, and really liked it, so I bought the first two.  I enjoyed them well enough, but didn't order the next one.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 1:48 AM ET
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Well, I finished book one and I'm looking forward to book two!  I can't read a series one after another.  If I do that I lose interest entirely.  So, I'll whittle down my TBR pile a bit and get to the second book.  I do have it on the schedule and nothing is getting piled on top.  :>)

 

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:26 PM ET
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I've read all the Abby and Ophelia books and loved them.  I had never read a paranormal series like this before I came to PBS but this series is a great lite read and one that is so far from "real life" that it makes the read fun. 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/26/2009 5:29 PM ET
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Well, now I'm into book #2.  Ophelia is still not accepting the idea that she has "powers".  Still worried that Abby will be "outed".  I'm a bit disappointed that she's a librarian and has a grandmother who has told her stories of the women in her family having physic and other powers.  But Ophelia doesn't know what a rune is?  She doesn't know what pressing is?  I knew what both things were and I'm not that much into reading about witchcraft or even the Salem Witch Trials.

Just because some of you said you loved the books I kept reading.  I've almost finished and just like the first book this one managed to grab my attention in the last 75 pages.  It was quite a struggle to get there though.  I do have the third book and if that doesn't grab me now that I know the characters and what brought Ophelia to her grandmother...that might be the end of it. 



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Date Posted: 2/2/2009 11:57 AM ET
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I just finished book 3 and book 5.  I can't wait for book 6.  I am enjoying the series.  I hope you do too.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 12:12 PM ET
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I'm back.  I read book 3 and that was a grabber!  I read one book and just had to get to book 4.  I've just finished it today.  Two more in the series.  I'm a bit burned out with it though.

Cheryl no romance in book 4.  Ophelia is still whiny though.  Not quite as much but stil...

In the first books she's all concerned with people finding out that Abby is a witch.  Just off the top of my head I can think of four people that Ophelia has told either straight out or in a round 'bout way that she is a physic and Abby is a witch!  They live in a small town, if you tell thre people how soon will it be before quite a few more know?