Sunday, April 22, 2018

Book Review: Sapphire Nights (Crystal Magic Book 1) by Patricia Rice

Sapphire Nights (Crystal Magic Book 1)
by Patricia Rice
March 27, 2018
322 pages
A lawman haunted by his past . . . a scientist haunted by her future.

Samantha Moon arrives in Hillvale— population 325 lives and countless ghosts—in a fog as thick as the one circling the aging mountain town. Bereft of friends and family, money and memory, all she has to her name is a stray cat . . . but that's apparently enough for the people of Hillvale to take her in.

L.A. investigator Chen Ling Walker's problem is too many memories. He's come to bury his tragic past in this remote California town, where his father vanished years before. Ever watchful, Walker sees how Sam's arrival disturbs the deceptive peace of Hillvale. Old bones lead to new death, stirring ancient fears and feuds.

Sam will need Walker's help to uncover the truth of who she is and face the burden that brings. But how can he accept a reality that stretches beyond the borders of what he knows -- one that contains spirits, psychics, and imaginary voices—the weirdness that ruined his life before?

And if they survive what lies ahead, will they find any way to make a future together?

Sapphire Nights is a paranormal mystery set in the quirky mountain town of Hillvale California, the former site of an artist commune. The town is haven to eccentrics attracted by the town’s fabled vortex of energy. When a young woman with amnesia arrives in the small resort town, a mystery she’s undoubtedly, but inexplicably, connected to begins to unravel. The townsfolk are drawn to the puzzling blonde beauty with a green thumb, including the town’s lawman Chen Ling Walker.

The mystery of Sapphire Nights has many moving parts. In a town of people claiming supernatural gifts, it’s hard to know who’s the real deal. As the plot unfolds a colourful cast of characters emerges that adds an incredible richness to the story. I enjoyed the set up of Hillvale as well as the mystery, though I felt the book a little overlong at times. Readers who prefer clean(ish) romance will like the Walker/Sam dynamic.

Book two appears to be set in Hillvale but centered on new main characters. I plan to take at least one my trip to this enigmatic small town of secrets.

Four Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice writes emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances which have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. 

Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after for good reason, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.

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