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Blog Tour: Bewitching – J. E. Nice

A teenage girl tempted from this world over a carpet of bluebells…
A house full of shadows and a presence waiting to be let in…
Finally, everything is going well for Erica Murray, witch and paranormal investigator. That is, until the mother of a missing teenage girl recognises Erica’s fae lover, Alfie, for what he is and begs for his
help. Erica must step into Alfie’s world to find the girl, but it means discovering secrets about her lover that might tear them apart.
Meanwhile, Jess Tidswell has other things on her mind. Her parents are meeting Jess’s new dog and, more importantly, her fiancé for the first time.
That’s not the worst of her problems. Her parents, keen for a new adventure, have bought a house and it comes with some unexpected residents. Shadows that move of their own accord, a curious spirit and something malevolent that lives on the periphery.
Unable to contact Erica, can Jess handle this terrifying ordeal on her own and protect her family?
Deep in another world, can Erica find the missing teenager and bring her out of harm’s way?
It’s going to be a long weekend.

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J E Nice is a fantasy author who lives in a city filled with dragons, woodland where the fae hang out, on an airship home to a crew of sky pirates and, sometimes, on the outskirts of Bristol in England. Wherever she is, there is always cake.

My thoughts: this isn’t my usual fare, as someone who remains deeply sceptical about the existence of ghosts and other things (although my mum insists there was a presence in my childhood home when we moved there), I actually quite enjoyed this book about paranormal investigators Jess and Erica.

This is book four and can be read as a standalone, as I did, but you might prefer to read the whole series and have the full back story. I did get a bit lost in Erica’s romantic plot line – what with the time travelling detective ex/future husband and the fae lover Alfie – so the previous stories might make sense of all of that.

Jess has gone to introduce her new fiancé to her parents, only for them to spring a surprise – they’ve bought a new house and it needs a lot of work. Especially when Jess (and daughter Ruby) sense all is not well in the house. There’s a ghost and something else – something nasty. Can Jess get rid of this malignant presence?

Erica meanwhile has gone into the land of the fae with Alfie to carry out a wellness check of sorts on a teenage girl spirited away by a fae who insists they’re meant to be. If that’s the case, why all the bluebells?

A fun adventure story with magic, witches, and lots of tea and cake. I might just have to work backwards and read the rest of the series!

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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