A woman blessed, or cursed, with a talent for witchcraft returns to Castle Auburn where she spent her childhood in joy-only to find an aura of dread awaiting her.
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Summers at Castle Auburn is a delightful book. The characters are well-rounded, the story is fresh and easy to read, and the setting is fully realized with such strong grounding that the touch of fantasy is easily accepted. The story is told by Corie, the bastard daughter of a very important noble family of Auburn. Her father died when she was young, but once her uncle learned of her existence, he tracked her down and introduced her to the other side of her family. Until her Uncle Jaxon found her, she was living with her grandmother, the witch woman of a small village. After her royal introduction, Corie continues to live with her grandmother, but spends every summer at Castle Auburn with her half-sister Elisandra and Greta, Elisandra's angry mother.The story begins when Corie is fourteen, during her yearly summer sojourn to Auburn. She is on a hunt for Aliora with Uncle Jaxon, one of the preeminent hunters in the realm. The author cleverly introduces the characters, the complicated family lines, and the main character in these initial chapters, as well as bringing in the fantasy element with the Aliora, mystical beings that seem nothing but grace and nature and beauty, She is half Halsing, and the Halsing family always provides a bride for the king of the kingdom. Her birthright makes her unsuitable for the role, but fortunately, her half-sister Elisandra is pure blood, and betrothed to Bryan, Prince of Auburn. That doesn't prevent Corie, and all of the other females of the kingdom, from being infatuated with the dashing prince. Corie, though, loves her sister deeply, and knows that her crush will always be only that.more
I read this once quite some time ago, and didn't care for it much. But I decided to give it another try since I do like her Samaria series. I'm glad I re-read it because I liked it much better the second time around. I'm not sure if my change in opinion is due to remembering the ending and spending my time picking up clues I may have missed the first time around, or if it's due to a change in reading tastes. I suppose it doesn't matter too much.more
There’s a special shelf in my mental/virtual bookcase. Until now, only Crown Duel resided there, a little proud in being the only one to make it onto that shelf but getting kind of lonely.AND THEN! ANOTHER BOOK TEARS THROUGH THE LONELINESS AND SPREADS ITS SUNSHINE ON THE SHELF/MY LIFE! It’s SUMMERS AT CASTLE AUBURN! It, too, contains that rare phenomenon where the characters and the romance make me squeak with glee while not skimping on the fantasy world-building!HURRAH!I did think about writing a more official review but I think I about covered all I have to say about this book. Squeeeeee.more
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