Tuesday 16 February 2016

Review - Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

Title: Mountain Charm
Author: Sydney Logan
Release Date: January 30, 2016

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s illness have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. Now, as her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

The two grow closer just as her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse. Faced with mounting medical bills, Angelina is faced with selling the family’s music shop to make ends meet. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. 

Can Dylan prove his love is real—spell or no spell? 

Angelina Clark was born into a gifted family. Spells, and charms, and supernatural gifts have been passed down for generations, though Angelina isn’t much of a believer anymore. But when Dylan Thomas shows up on her front porch the very day the love spell she cast when she was thirteen years old is expected to be fulfilled, Angelina is forced to consider that there may be something to magic after all. 

Initially, she wants nothing to do with Dylan, a reporter who rolled into town (against his will) to interview Angelina about her family’s supernatural secrets. She’s angry, and skeptical, and fiercely protective of her family’s privacy. She’s also maybe a little afraid of how attractive he is, and the possibility that magic still exists—so she does her best to chase him off. 

Only Dylan isn’t so easily scared, and—magic or no magic—the pull between Dylan and Angelina is strong. It doesn't take long before the two are forced to admit their attraction and the deeper feelings that lie beneath it. The challenge, at the root of their relationship, is accepting that love is love—regardless of how it came to be—and learning to trust each other enough to believe in the magic between them.

The title of this book is not false advertising, it is completely charming. At its core, it's a story about finding your soulmate and learning to trust that your life is going to work out exactly the way it's supposed to. It's sweet and hopeful, laced with heat, and wrapped in this delicately woven air of magic. I loved Dylan and Angelina together—once they let each other in, they were so easy together. I loved how layered they were; it wasn't just a physical attraction, and it wasn't just about falling in love. They became best friends, and those bits were some of the sweetest for me. 

Mountain Charm is a quick, easy read, and it left my heart so very happy. It's impossible to walk away without feeling like your heart's been warmed by this sweet, romantic, charming story. 
~ Review by Shelly

See my face? No, this is a review. You can't see it, so let me tell you what it's doing. It's smiling. BIG. Why? Because Mountain Charm lives up to its name. It's charming. To the nth degree. 


This super-fast (I read it in one sitting), adorable book was such a good read. Seriously, I pretty much enjoyed the entire thing. It was super quirky—I mean, mountain witches and love spells? That's not the norm, and yet, I had no trouble believing. Sure, it was instalove (I still don't get why that makes people so crazy), but because of the 'curse', it was easy to just love the ride. To watch Dylan—who, BTW, I'm crushing on so hard—be drawn to Angelina like a magnet? Gah, be still my romantic heart!! 

God, this book was a ton of fun. There were some moments that made me ache a little. Frown a bit. But that just added to the experience. Because outside of those tension-bringing spots, it was just a blast to see Angelina and Dylan banter, fight and fall in love—spell or no spell. Now do see why I'm smiling so big? 
~ Review by Beth

Sydney Logan is the bestselling author of six novels. She has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. A lover of music, she fills her playlist with everyone from Johnny Cash to Eminem. Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. Visit her online at www.sydneylogan.com.

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