Evening lovelies. So my second and final review of the day is on the blog tour for the audiobook of Alexandra’s Riddle by Elisa Keyston; an enchanting romantic fantasy with fairies and magic…..

audiobook blurb & info

Lose yourself in the magical forests and charming towns of the Pacific Northwest, where picturesque Victorian homes hide mysteries spanning decades, faeries watch from the trees, and romance awaits…for those bold enough to seek it.

Cass is a drifter. When she inherits an old Queen Anne Victorian in rural Oregon from her great-aunt Alexandra, all she wants is to quickly offload the house and move on to bigger and better things. But the residents of the small town have other plans in mind. Her neighbors are anxious for her to help them thwart the plans of a land developer eager to raze Alexandra’s property, while a mysterious girl in the woods needs Cass’s help understanding her own confusing, possibly supernatural abilities.

And though little surprises Cass (thanks to her own magical powers of prediction), she never could have anticipated her newfound feelings for the handsome fourth-grade teacher at the local elementary school — feelings that she thought she’d buried long ago. Cass has sworn off love, but Matthew McCarthy is unlike anyone Cass has ever met. If she isn’t careful, he could learn her secret. Or worse — he just might thaw her frozen heart.

But falling in love could spell danger for both of them. Because it’s not just the human residents of Riddle that have snared Cass in their web. Cass’s presence has caught the attention of the fae that dwell in the woods. They know she has the Sight, and they don’t want to let her go….

Length: 5 hours 52 minutes

Publisher: Crimson Fox Publishing2020

Series: Northwest Magic, Book 1

Release date: Jul. 22, 2020

Buy Links: AmazonAudibleiTunes

my thoughts

Cass’ great-aunt Alexandra has recently passed away and left Cass her house in the small town of Riddle.  A place Cass hasn’t been for years.  When she arrives she plans on sorting Alexandra’s stuff, selling the house as quickly as possible and then getting back to her normal life.  But the residents of Riddle have other plans….

Her neighbours don’t want her to sell, and neither does the little girl she encounters in the woods.  And when tarot cards start randomly appearing to her, she knows there’s something strange going on.  And despite clearing her new home of Fae, one is resilient and determined to take her back to her past.  But will Cass’ sight help her realise what she needs to do? And will the handsome teacher Matthew McCarthy persuade her to stay?

This was a lovely and charming tale that I thoroughly lost myself in.  A little town with more going on that many are aware, Cass has some things to face up to.  I really enjoyed the storyline, and definitely didn’t see some of the twists coming!

In terms of the characters, I did like Cass but she grated on me every now and then.  I wish she’d just embrace the gift she was given and open her mind a little more!  Lily is a wonderful little girl, with an open, beautiful and enquiring mind.  I felt so sorry for her that the other kids were mean and just wanted her to have a little friend of her own. And her parents aren’t the most attentive parents – poor little love, I just wanted to give her a cuddle! Matthew was a brilliant character and I absolutely loved his dog! You can’t help but will Matthew and Cass to get together…… And although Alexandra wasn’t in it much as an actual person (more of a memory), I adored her! She sounds like a fascinating woman.

The setting is fantastic.  The descriptions and narration made it really easy for me to imagine the woods, house and surrounding areas and leaves the appearances of the fae open to your own imagination.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this, and would love to return to Cass and Matthew to see what other magic and trouble they come across!  If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted, sweet romance with magic and fairies and some lovely characters, then definitely check this out.  Recommended by me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elisa Keyston is an author of sweet romance with hints of magic, intrigue, and suspense. She was the series lead for the first season of The Pioneer Brides of Rattlesnake Ridge, a shared-world historical romance series from Sweet Promise Press, and she’s also the author of the Northwest Magic series from Crimson Fox Publishing, a sweet contemporary romance series with a touch of magic and mystery set in her home state of Oregon. She’s a graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in history, which inspired her love of historical fiction and modern stories set in historic places. When she’s not writing, Elisa spends most of her time gardening, collecting gnomes and fairies for her backyard, and fawning over her furbabies.

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About the Narrator

Blair Seibert is a voice actor in Los Angeles. She provides voiceovers for non-fiction and fiction audio books, TV and radio commercials, online marketing videos, corporate training videos, phone messaging systems and more! Her voice has been called “magical,” soothing and reassuring at the same time. Her voice is warm, emotive, friendly and engaging and portrays a diverse range of characteristics, from corporate to “motherly” to sultry. She is enthusiastic, professional, and easy to work with, and strives to deliver services that exceed her clients’ expectations.

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Many thanks to Jess for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with an audio copy.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a lovely evening and start to your weekends, and I’ll be back tomorrow.

Chelle x

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