Happy hot hot hot Monday! This is the perfect day to head out to your local library and cool off in the AC and load up on some awesome books. One that you won’t want to miss is Rosemary Clement-Moore’s newest book, Texas Gothic (you won’t find it today, it’s due out tomorrow). I was fortunate to get a sneak peak of this gem.
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore, 2011
Amy (Amaryllis) Goodnight comes from an unusual family, known throughout Texas for their eccentric ways, uses of potions, and even psychic abilities. The truth is the Goodnights are witches, a fact that Amy works hard to deny. When she is sent to goat-sit on her aunt’s ranch Amy finds that keeping the family secrets under wraps is hard enough without her science-loving sister Phin involving them in a ghostbusting adventure. When a century old skeleton is discovered on the neighboring ranch the Goodnight sisters are drawn into the mystery because of a local ghost story. Amy is drawn to the story of the Mad Monk. Despite her wish to be normal, she cannot deny that her curiosity has gotten the best of her. She also cannot deny that the young cowboy on the neighboring ranch is incredibly hunky, even if he is a pain in the neck.
Rosemary Clement-Moore does it again! This book has it all: mystery, suspense, menacing ghosts, hunky cowboys, sassy heroines, humor, and troublesome goats. Amy is an awesome heroine-she is smart and responsible, stubborn and nosy. She is no damsel in distress, but much to her dismay, she finds herself needing rescued by the gruff but hunky Ben. Their love-hate relationship is full of sparks and laugh-out-loud bickering. It is certainly noy smooth sailing with these two strong-willed, could-be love birds! The ghosts are spooky without being terrifying, the mystery is intricate without being complex, and the romance is sweet without being sappy or sexy. This feel-good, hilarious, mystery is a must read! It’s smart chick-lit, which makes it a perfect summer read.
Be sure to check out Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, and her stand alone ghost story, The Splendor Falls. Fans of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and Supernaturally by Kiersten White will not want to miss this one.