Isabella Fox is used to being run out of town. A mediocre witch-for-hire, eventually her spells always seem to go wrong. After getting run out of town for the third time by an angry mob, she takes a post in the sleepy mountain town of Benevolence, vowing that this time she will get it right. And since the townsfolk only need her to do one spell a year, how could she possibly go wrong?
This is a beautifully told story. The author paints her scenes with a sure brush, combining the innocence of a fairy tale with a mature writing style. The result is enchanting. Visual details bring the characters effortlessly to life; the spirit of Isabella’s love interest Emily is embodied by her deer form, reclusive and gentle but with a hidden courage.
Isabella is an instantly likeable protagonist. She has a generous heart, but she’s also a daydreamer with a romantic streak. A strong sense of justice propels her through the story and makes her a bit of a rebel as well. My favorite character, though, is Alice, the young witch’s talking familiar. She acts as the voice of reason and a source of sharp wit throughout the story. And what fairytale is complete without a talking cat?
Title: One Solstice Night
Author: Elora Bishop
Publication: ADP/Create Space, November 8th, 2011
Price: $2.99 (e-book, all formats), $7.99 (paperback)
Author’s Website: http://elorabishop.wordpress.com