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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
What can I say about a book that stars a family of witches? In A Witchy Surprise by Rhonda Hopkins, the main character Charley is approaching seventeen, and, to date, there is little sign she has inherited the family traits, until the day she and her friends are attacked in the woods. Great-Grandmother Ruby has to be my favorite; outrageous, inappropriate, and great fun, she keeps the family on their toes. It could be tricky having a father who is in the police force, surrounded by so many females with supernatural powers. In this, the second book of the Witches of Whispering Pines series (and I loved the first one too), Charley is unsure exactly how far her powers extend. Several times she tries to practice various spells but is interrupted, but this time there is no hiding her special powers from her best friend Grace. She also has the dilemma of how she feels about Jackson and Nate. Both young men like her but does she have a choice? This book gives readers the answer to that question.
There is a lot of hugging in A Witchy Surprise by Rhonda Hopkins, but that is probably what paranormal families do. This is a delightful book, so suitable for early and mid-teens. There is no swearing, the values are wholesome without being syrupy, and the family love shines through on every page. The author avoids making Charley into a saint but shows her to be a sensible, down-to-earth young lady who is aware of responsibilities and is happy to follow the rules. She is an excellent role model for her age group with just that extra touch of magic which makes her a very special heroine indeed. The book was an easy read; it flowed well, the pace kept up and did not lag for a moment. Despite being a tale about witches, it also has a realistic feel to it. A great gift for any teenager you know.