A Hidden Witch: A Modern Witch Series #2 by Debora Geary
We are back with my favorite people! A Hidden Witch takes us to Nova Scotia, Canada and that branch of the family and a this time a whole new type of magic besides the six known is found and our hidden witch who is a traditionalist has a hard time accepting this new magic.
Elorie Swan was raised around witches her whole life, she is granddaughter to the matriarch of the Nova Scotia, Moira, witchcraft and the powers are her birthright. To her despair as each of her friends and family members developed their powers one by one she never manifested any, she remains powerless. She has her teaching of the community witchlings, and her jewelry from the beach glass she picks up. She has convinced herself that she is happy, she married a non-witch and Aaron and she run the local the bed and breakfast. Then one day she signs on to her computer to let her husband know that she will be right up to dinner and finds herself pulled into the Amodernwitch.com chat room. The ‘fetching’ spell strikes again, but this time everybody is convinced that it has struck wrong, because Elorie is not a witch, Moira has scanned her over the years and there is no power to be had in her granddaughter.
Nell knows her program is not wrong, and with the help of her middle triplet daughter, Ginia, they had tweaked the spell code and now they could see the power registering. But it wasn’t a type of power they knew. It takes her coming out to California for a jewelry show, and some hands on tweaking of the code as she is there to figure out that she has awakened a new power source, Net Magic. Now this means that she pulls her power from the World Wide Web and so must be connected to the internet to work her magic. Elorie has a real problem with this, for starters, she doesn’t even like computers, does not know to work one –or barely, has no idea how to code, much less spell code. She will never be able to stand in the garden with her grandmother and watch a flower bloom in her hands pulling just on the magic in the air. As a traditionalist she is blocking this new magic and fighting hard against learning to use it.
Can Lauren, Jamie, Ginia and the rest of the community find a way to help her with her accept her first circle? Can they find a way so that this traditionalist witch, with non-traditional magic, learns to accept her power in her heart of hearts? Can they help her to one day be able to cause that flower to open in her grandma’s garden without a mouse in her hand?
This story was a little slower, but the tempo of the story telling was just right as Elorie learns to use her magic and to integrate into her life. It was more like taking long walks in the garden and along a beach and letting the ocean lap at your toes. I still could not put this book down, one page flowed into the other fairly quickly and you found yourself with a few more tears falling in this book, as the story progresses and as the community comes up with a way to help Elorie keep her magic close and access it wherever she is, including in her grandmother’s garden opening a rose bud.
Again this story is full of children’s playfulness and witchling antics. The power within yourself and being true to that power, the power of family and community coming together mixes in this story to create a powerful tale of love and acceptance. I rate this book another 5 stars with the rest of each book in this series. A must read.