The Secrets of Ghosts by Sarah Painter
Published by Carina
26th February 2014
On her twenty-first birthday Katie Harper has only one wish: to become a real Harper woman. Mystical powers are passed down her family generation after generation – some even call them witches – yet every spell Katie attempts goes disastrously wrong.
When her magic does appear, it’s in a form nobody expected and suddenly Katie is thrown into a dangerous new world with shadowy consequences. For the realm of the deceased is not as peaceful as she once thought. The dead are buried with their secrets and only Katie can help the ghosts of the past finally find peace.
If that is what they are looking for…
This is a follow-on novel from The Language of Spells, (review here) which I equally loved, but you could easily read as a stand-alone novel. The Harper women are in Pendleford to stay, and as Katie approaches her 21st birthday, she wishes to know more about her heritage and to finally find out what her magical talent might be.
At the Grange hotel, things are not going to plan. There seems to be more than one underlying presence around, that only Katie can communicate with. The problem is, as a beginner in witchcraft, can Katie handle her powers solely on her own, or will she need the help of her aunt Gwen at least to assist her?
Gwen is happily settled with Cam, and her world is starting to become whole after her move to Pendleford seven years earlier, however, is she about to bite off more than she can chew once Katie starts dabbling in magic, and who is the mysterious Max who turns up at the hotel and starts to take an interest in Katie almost immediately?
This is a great tale of witchcraft and magic and I was, once again, thorougly engrossed in the lives of the Harper family and all that goes on in Pendleford. I only hope there's another book to follow on.