Welcome to Blinney Lane, a historical Salem shopping district controlled by a witch’s curse.
Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop.
But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets are off. Now Sarah must keep Ricky from discovering the curse of Blinney Lane and awakening its full power.
Will Ricky heed Sarah’s warnings? Or will he accidentally awaken the magical weeping books and send Sarah back to a land she swore to forget?
Get ready for a modern fairy tale that will sweep you away to lands beyond your imagination.
I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book especially as it wasn’t what I was expecting at all! I loved the Salem setting and it’s made me realise that I really want to read more books that are set there as well. Blinney Lane was described as such a mystical and eerie place, and really quirky. Alongside this, there was also the quirkiness of all the characters, mainly those who lived down Blinney Lane. They each had such unique personalities and I would have loved to have known more about these characters and the shops that they owned – they were just so interesting!
I really enjoyed how the history of Salem was intertwined with the plot of the book, with the curse of Blinney Lane being directly related to the death of a ‘witch’. This meant that the descendants of those who killed the witch were cursed to stay on Blinney Lane for the rest of their lives. I thought that this was such an interesting concept but I was also a little worried that it would get quite boring reading about the same place for the entire book as the characters wouldn’t be able to explore anywhere else. Except I was wrong!!! There was another element withing the book which was even more magical and intriguing than the rest… Farwin Wood! I won’t say much else about Farwin Wood because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that it’s an amazing fantasy land within a book that certain characters travel to…
At times I did find both the curse and the magical elements a little bit too much. Towards the middle and end of the book, the curse is just kind of ignored/forgotten about due to all the events that were happening in Farwin Wood and it was a little confusing to keep up with at times. I’m hoping that the curse will be explored more in the next book because I’m really looking forward to finding out more about it. Other than that, I think that this is perfect book to read around this time of the year, especially the closer that it gets to Halloween!
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About Drea Damara
Drea Damara grew up in Illinois working on her family’s farm. Raised in a home of seven with only one television, she spent her free time reading and roaming the woods. She set writing aside to join the Army and later returned to the Middle East, conducting similar work as a civilian. Drea enjoys writing in multiple genres and is currently working on additional instalments of her Blinney Lane series.
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