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Hatfields & McCoys Revisited: A Review of Christine Pope’s “Darkmoon” Description: “Sometimes you must start at the beginning to find your way through to the end…. Now carrying Connor Wilcox’s child, Angela McAllister knows the only way to ensure a future for herself and her family is to find some way to break the curse that has hung over the Wilcox witch clan for almost 150 years. The solution lies somewhere in the past — her own, and that of the woman who cast the curse so many years earlier. As Angela struggles to find those answers, she realizes that what she discovers will not only change her own life, but the lives of everyone she knows…Wilcox and McAllister alike. (Book 3 of the Witches of Cleopatra Hill) “

WARNING: Sexual content, Mature Readers (17+)

My Thoughts:

Darkmoon was a great conclusion to Angela’s and Connor’s tale! Christine Pope delivered a well-written story complete with action and imaginative plot twists.

I loved this installment of “The Witches of Cleopatra Hill”. The prima, Angela McAllister, is in trouble. Thanks to the decades-old Wilcox curse, she might not live to see her unborn child grow up. Her mission? Break the curse with no idea as to how to do it.

Details, details, details…Pope gives plenty of descriptive details in Darkmoon. It was so good that it brought back memories of my cross-country trip from California. When Angela complained about the traffic coming to California, I remembered my first encounter with it. Even Pope’s details about the Arizona weather were dead-on.

The animosity between clans was summed up by Angela this time–the Hatfields and the McCoys. In Darkmoon, the Wilcoxes are the Hatfields and the McCoys are the McAllisters. If you read the historical information, it appears that a misunderstanding sparked the Hatfield/McCoy feud. Well, we have a repeat here. All of the miseries between the two clans were a result of a serious misunderstanding.

I especially loved how Angela and Connor grew into their roles. Neither of them wanted to be the head of their respective clans. They could have easily rebelled and been selfish about the situation. Fortunately, they matured and discovered just how powerful they could be together.

Pope’s supportive characters are so strong that the next two books are devoted to a few of them. I had a hard time identifying an antagonist in this book. It was too obvious in Book 2. In Darkmoon, the antagonist is more of an inanimate object (the curse) instead of a person. In the last quarter of the book, the antagonist is finally personified (or maybe ‘specter-fied’).

If you’ve enjoyed the first two books about “The Witches of Cleopatra Hill”, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this one. And, be sure to pick up Book 4 before you finish this one.

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