A kidnapped child. A witch on the warpath. A church guard in crisis.
In the year of our Lord 1815, Thomas Drake Saint-Clair, Earl of Braden, a Guard of the Green Cross, is tasked by his archbishop to rescue a missing boy and return him to his warlock father. The order lands Braden in the middle of an unholy war between witches and warlocks and shoves him headlong past a sacred line he’d sworn never to cross.
Newly confirmed Coven Protectress, Merryn Pendraven, rushes to rescue a witch’s son. She’s convinced the same evil warlock who was responsible for her younger brother’s death is behind this kidnapping, too. She has no intention of letting this vile villain get away with the same crime, twice.
When Merryn discovers Braden is also on the case, she’s tempted to join forces. Yet, how can she truly trust him when her aunt has warned that Braden’s second secret charge is to destroy their coven? Finding love in this cauldron of trouble might prove to be Merryn’s deadliest mission and Braden’s complete undoing.
If you liked A Discovery of Witches and Dr. Strange or Mr. Norrell, you’ll love Coven at Callington, an anime-inspired witchy tale that will whisk you away on a rip-roaring Regency ride.
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“Think they’ll make a request?” The wishing well posed the question to her creator.
In all the centuries that she’d listened to the prayers and hopes of those who lived nearby, her creator had never responded. Nevertheless, the well duly passed on all requests, but not once had she received an acknowledgement. There’d been no, “Thank you, I appreciate your diligent work” or “Good job.” So she didn’t expect a response now. She spoke anyway. It never hurt to begin a conversation, even if it went nowhere. “These ladies have been here a while but all they’ve done is argue. Do you think they’ll come over to me?”
Silence. The well settled with a disappointed swirl of her water. After a few moments, she murmured, “Haven’t had many visitors lately. Everyone’s busy. When someone does come, all I hear is I need better wages, stronger shaft ladders or a fresh vein in the tin mines. I hope these two wish for something exciting.”
A swell of energy enveloped her sides, warming her as if the sun had indeed risen, instead of remaining hidden below the horizon.
At this unexpected answer, the well trembled. Not only did she have visitors today, but she had been gifted with a divine response. This was indeed a special day, as she’d sensed when the sound of movement nearby awoke her.
“Do you think they’ll ask about love? I like it when they ask about love.”
LOVE COMES IN MANY FORMS.
Obscure. She churned her waters. Conversation was hard enough to secure with the Almighty, but must understanding be difficult to grasp, too? Not that it mattered. It was stimulating to talk with someone, especially THIS someone. The thrill of it shivered through her depths.
“I enjoy guessing what they’ll ask for. I’m getting quite good. For instance, since neither of these women look like miners or widows of miners, I say the younger one will ask about a lover. The one across from her will seek wisdom. What do you think?”
YOUR ROLE IS TO LISTEN AND HEAR PAST THE WORDS TO THEIR TRUE NEEDS.
“Oh,” the well said, deflated. She wasn’t good at deciphering signs and symbols and now she had to hear words that weren’t spoken? She turned her attention to less troublesome matters. “What about the other two, the ones hiding in the bushes. Will they make a wish?”
THE FATE OF THIS NATION WILL REST ON THE WISH OF ONE OF THEM.
At that profound prophecy, the well splashed her stone walls in frenzied anticipation.
Meet the Author:
Once upon a time, USA Today bestselling author Shereen Vedam read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love and mystery elements woven in for good measure.Shereen’s a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily-ever-after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals.
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