As a practicing witch with a coven to lead, her own website design business, and a thirteen-year-old ward to raise, Paige Winterbourne is a busy young woman. When a man claiming to be Savannah’s father serves her with papers demanding custody, Paige drops everything to protect Savannah from what she believes are dangerous people. It’s bad enough that the magic they’re attempting to use on Paige and Savannah could be lethal, but the father’s representative is the woman who killed Paige’s mother. When a mysterious young man appears on her doorstep and offers to be her lawyer, Paige is torn between the need to accept his help, or to send him packing. After all, the man is a sorcerer, and sorcerers can’t be trusted.
Dime Store Magic is part of the Women of the Otherworld series. This is my first venture into Paige’s intriguing world and it’s a fun place to visit. A couple of scenes were a bit grisly, however the plot, pacing, and characters were terrific. The backstory added depth to main characters, and provided sufficient motivation to understand the things they did. The plot at first seemed simple, which is to protect Savannah, yet there’s more going on. It’s about Paige’s fight to preserve the life she’s come to love and to keep her mission to stop the coven from living in fear. There’s a lot of detail about their lives and the rules of witchcraft and sorcerers to keep the story interesting.
Since Paige lives in a small town in Massachusetts, her misfortunes become public knowledge, which brings threats from the locals and anger from her coven. I found myself sympathizing with her situation, and angry at those who would neither support or accept her and Savannah. As I neared the end of the book, I simply couldn’t put it down. For me, good books invoke an emotional response with page-turning action. It also makes this is a series I’ll read from beginning to end.