“All Duncan MacKeage wants is to keep his crew building roads and bridges up the mountain to the fancy resort overlooking Spellbound Falls’ new inland sea. He doesn’t want anything to do with his own family magic or with beautiful widow, Peg Thompson, and her tribe of little heathens. But when Duncan is tasked with keeping an eye on the widow Thompson, trouble starts.” (From Amazon.com)
Peg Thompson is a widow and mother of four young children. She just quit her job as counselor for friend Olivia Oceanus’ summer camp so she could stay home with her kids. Money is tight and Peg is getting desperate. Just when all hope seems lost, a builder hired by Olivia’s husband saves the day.
Duncan MacKeage is building the roads and bridges leading up to the soon to be new resort of friend Mac Oceanus. He pays Peg to use gravel from her pit and spends time bonding with her adorable kids. Duncan tries to get closer to Peg as she’s pushing away. Peg has a curse. She lost her first husband to it and vows never again to lose another–or her heart.
But Duncan has some mysterious surprises of his own and won’t let a pesky curse stand in the way of true love.
What I Thought:
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the second installment of Janet Chapman’s Spellbound Falls series. I thought I’d read the first couple of chapters and drift off into another book out of boredom. However, I found this one moved along quite a bit faster than the first book and hooked me in more deeply.
The character of Peg Thompson really intrigued me even in the first book because she came off (even in the few scenes she appeared in) as a really strong and confident character. Which is the exact opposite of how the heroine in Spellbound acted. I liked that Peg’s reluctance to get involved with Duncan had a lot more to do with her family curse than it did how she looked.
Peg’s four tiny children were absolutely adorable and I really enjoyed that each one of them had their own little unique personality. The twins, Peter and Jacob (affectionately Pete and Repeat) were so cute and had some of the best lines in the book. Isabel and Charlotte each had their own distinct personalities but despite every child being different they all love their mom just as much as she loves them. They worked together, played together, and attacked together (hint, hint, read the book!)
Duncan is actually a character from Chapman’s Highlander series. His father starred in one of the books as a time traveling Scottish Highlander. These books are all about magic. Not black magic or scary magic but magic that can lift you up and make anything happen. Mac (hero of book one) and Olivia (heroine of book one) have married and gone on a two month road trip leaving Duncan to start building the roads up to the new resort. Before Mac leaves though, he makes sure to let Duncan have his pick of the new mountains.
This book was a lot more fantastical than the first, which I really enjoyed. My only qualm is that there was even less sex/sexual tension than the first! I have to admit though; it was a LOT more enjoyable getting to it in this book than in the first installment.
In Charmed by His Love, there was a magic mountain, a family curse, a wizard, and even a whale from Atlantis. Not to mention a mystery/drama happening in the town.
I’ll be reading the next installment in the series shortly!
Final review: 4/5.