Oct 30 - Post
REVIEW: THE SCOTTISH WITCH by Cathy Maxwell
I need tostart my review by stating…as afact…Iama huge Cathy Maxwell fan. There are certain authors that have me yearning to be a better writer after reading their books. New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell is one of those authors. When Maxwell places pen to paper…or…fingertips to keyboard the inevitable happens. Magic. Pure unadulterated magic is what leaps ofCathy Maxwell’s pages as she engages readers with a sensational story, an engaging prose and living-breathing characters that take you on a stupendous journey.
I really enjoyed getting to know Harry Chatten and Portia MacLean in THE SCOTTISH WITCH. I admit, I bypassed LYON’S BRIDE: The Chatten Curse #1( which I will pull from my TBR pile and get to reading after writing this review), that being said, readers do not have to read a LYON’S BRIDE to understand the validity of the curse placed upon the Chatten family by a grieving mother/witch centuries ago.
I found myself wrapped in Portia and Harry’s story from the get-go. One of my favorite scenes is at the very beginning where Maxwell introduces readers to Portia. Sheets of rain are falling as Portia MacLean charges up the dark attic stairs trying to miss the leaks in the roof. I found myself on pins-and-needles as I climbed the stairs along with Portia. A shiver went up my spine as I watched Portia shove wooden crates from her legs. Digging herself out of the mess so she could investigate further. I held my breath as Portia picked up an empty bucket off the floor and startled when a book fell to the floor. Maxwell is at her best as she gives us intimate detail through superb imagery that only a master word-smith could do.
I’m a character driven reader. Besides the stimulating protagonists THE SCOTTISH WITCH had characters that jumped off the pages. I have to start with the cat, Owl. Readers I will not give too much away, but I what I will tell you is to keep your eyes and this felines antics. Maxwell always fills her stories with bewitching characters that resonate with a reader long after the book covers are closed. I have come to appreciate the time and dedication Ms. Maxwell gives in creating such magnetically charged characters that keep me coming back for more.
THE SCOTTISH WITCH has paranormal elements but is a historical romance through and through. Our hero, Harry and heroine, Portia are a genuine couple who are dedicated in breaking the curse. Even though they both believe if either fall in love that Portia could quite likely be the death of Harry, neither can deny the potent attraction between the, Maxwell captures the lover desperate plight and angst which gives THE SCOTTISH WITCH it tortured and tormented prose. Which is, a love within reach, but one that Harry will not give into…nor will he.
I have to place THE SCOTTISH WITCH as one of my favorite Maxwell’s books. With each book Maxwell continually gives her readers exactly what they yearn for; a dynamic prose, sexual tension between the protagonist to burn up the pages, a love story to beat all the odds and places her stories in provocative setting such as Scotland that gives Maxwell’s book that something more that other romances lack.