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Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program. His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for globadomination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself. Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City.

Wes Rockville is a young police officer with other problems that he is trying to work through. Unfortunately things get worse and his father ends up assigning him to the Witches Protection Program. The first problem for Wes is trying to wrap his mind around the fact that witches and other paranormal creatures are real.

Then he is stuck with the grumpy old detective partner that doesn’t plan on making this transfer easy. But Wes is going to try his best. He is to protect Morgan Pendragon from her aunt. The question is if he is going to make it through is first assignment and keep Morgan alive.

I love anything of Michael Phillip Cash and Witches Protection Program does not disappoint. I loved the story. I felt for poor Wes being the one failure in the family. But he keeps trying and ends up being a great officer. Morgan was so meek in the beginning but I enjoyed watching her step up to protect Wes but Alastaire was my favorite. You never know what you are going to get next from him.

This is a great story. It’s a quick read but ends like it could be a series. I really hope that is true because I can’t wait to find out what Wes gets himself into next.

For more information on The Witches Protection Program, or to purchase the book, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Michael Phillip Cash’s website.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Summer 1941  

Young Adelia Monteforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home. 

Grief-stricken, Addie flees—first to Washington and then to war-torn London—and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family…and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.

Alelia’s parents are worried about their daughter in 1941 Italy. They send her to live with her aunt and uncle in America. While there she meets the neighbors, the Connally’s. They help her adjust to life in America and Aledia ends up falling in love with one of the sons, Charlie.

But when America joins in the fight of World War II, Alelia leaves her aunt and uncle to work in Washington DC for a while then leaves for London. Alelia wants to find a good life but doesn’t know if it is possible with her past continuing to follow her.

I admit that I have not read any of Pam Jenoff’s books. I liked the portion of the story relating to World War II. You can tell that there is a lot of research involved and you feel right there in the middle of everything going on.

But I have to say that I wasn’t really impressed with Adelia. I understand the whole sending her to America. It seems natural that she would fall in love with the neighbor boy Charlie. What gets me though is the fact that she just leaves her aunt and uncles place with no note or such to go to Washington DC. Then when things get tough she runs away to London. I admit that I was a bit irritated with the ending, Adelia just settles.

This is not a bad book, there are just a couple things Adelia does that just rub me the wrong way. I heard that The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is based on the line of Little Women. So I’m think that if you liked Little Women you would really like this book. I’m sorry but it’s not one of my favorites.

For more information on The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, or to purchase the book, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Pan Jenoff’s website.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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