Review: A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass


Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting…

Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.

Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes?…

Source: NetGalley and Kensington Rating: 4½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  This was a very quick read for me as I was able to sink into the plot and the characters from the beginning.  With the sending of a letter filled with nothing more than the power of suggestion, one family is left scrambling in an effort to understand the forces involved in their likely demise.  Thanks to a generations-old mandate, the family isn’t allowed to practice magic yet with arrival the letter, magic seems to be leaking out of everyone.  The cupcakes are imbued with magic, the dirty rotten husband is a bunny, and the cranky old aunt is a story unto herself filled with magical revelations . . . . and amphibians.  From the blunders and the accidents to the revelations and resolutions, I found this to be a wonderfully fun read that ticks nearly all the boxes I have for fiction. 

P.S.  The way this book ended seems to indicate there is more to come.  I wouldn’t mind seeing this book become a series 😊

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