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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
A Witchy Mistake by Rhonda Hopkins is a prequel to the Witches of Whispering Pines series written for young adults. Charley was born into a family of witches, a fact they hide from the small community where they live. Her mother runs a shop in which she sells her creams and lotions containing healing ingredients that help to keep the local people healthy. However, Charley’s grandmother, Ruby, is a liability and the family is constantly covering up when she makes threats to hex anyone who crosses her. An aunt and her daughter live in a cottage on the grounds and Danu attends the same high school as Charley and her sisters. There is trouble when Danu is bullied and, shortly after, her antagonist is found injured. Charley’s father might be the local Chief of Police, but that does not stop her from doing her best to discover the truth about the attack.
The story of Charley, her family, and friends in A Witchy Mistake by Rhonda Hopkins is a great book for young teens. Most of the action takes place in their high school, with Charley determined to find out who really attacked the girl who bullied her cousin. She is convinced her cousin Danu is innocent, but it looks suspicious. Many fears and hopes pertinent to a young reader are mentioned, with lots of ‘hidden’ advice. I really enjoyed this book. It’s well written, it flows seamlessly, the characters are believable and leap off the pages. You can’t help but like Charley and her family, even Grandmother Ruby who needs very careful watching. This book is a prequel to two more books in the Witches of Whispering Pines series, and what better combination can you have than magic, a touch of romance, the keeping of secrets, and some amateur sleuthing. Highly recommended with a well-deserved 5 stars.