Darcy Merriweather is
a Wishcrafter in the Enchanted Village, part of the infamous
Salem, Massachusetts, where the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692-93
culminated in several hangings. Yet nowadays, the Enchanted
Village draws masses of tourists, eager to experience magic
of the Village are gifted with a variety of skills, and Darcy’s
is that she grants wishes. She also has the ability to solve
crimes using her intelligence as well as her intuition.
her best friend, Starla Sullivan, who is part Wishcrafter
and part Bakecrafter, becomes the chief suspect in the apparent
murder of her ex-husband, Darcy dives in with all of her powers
to save her friend from unjust charges and to help restore
her soul. You see, Darcy is also a fixer, which is not a magical
gift, but a big part of her human nature.
Village is populated by so many wonderful and warm Crafters
and critters, that it is hard to choose a favorite. I love
them all. Sometimes, even the “bad guys” are redeemable
and I find that to be a true-to-life and admirable quality
in this book.
reading The Goodbye Witch my emotions ran the gamut
from worry to feeling enlightened, from deep sadness to ultimate
joy. I laughed and cried, sometimes both at once.
the fabulous sparkly cover, to the denouement and the conclusion,
I adore this book. The whole series has pride of place on
one of the bookcases in my bedroom, where I can reach out
and touch them, as the magic they bring is ethereal. I would
love to see this series rereleased as hardcover books. Yes,
they are that good! In fact, in my mind’s eye I can
see a cable TV series based on what, in my opinion, is Ms.
Blake’s signature series.
Blake is a prolific, yet thoughtful and methodical author.
She knows her characters in any book or series she writes
thoroughly. They speak and act normally – although often
paranormally, too! I’d like to recommend that you purchase
every book in this series, and savor them when you have some
leisure time to absorb them. If you’ve already read,
“It Takes a Witch,” “A Witch Before Dying”
and “The Good, the Bad and The Witchy,” you likely
feel my excitement about this new book. If you can’t
find a Wishcrafter to get “The Goodbye Witch”
into your hands in the blink of an eye, make sure you are
first in line at your local bookstore to get your copy on
release day or pre-order online and make sure you are home
to greet your mail carrier when your book is delivered. You
won’t want to waste a minute diving in!