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Reviewed by Leslie Bentz for Readers' Favorite
Carved In Cherry, the first in the Curse Collectors Series by Elizabeth Kirke, had me spellbound from the first page to the last. For three sisters, the loss of an aunt they hardly knew is sad, but worse it's an interruption of their busy lives. What starts as a frustratingly necessary task of sorting through their aunt's antique shop quickly turns into one mystery after another. The antique shop is not only enormous, it seems to be full of odd sounds and sights and is starting to make the sisters question everything they thought they knew about their family, themselves and their plans for the future.
No better book to grab on a stormy night. Carved in Cherry by Elizabeth Kirke was nothing short of an enchanting story best paired with a blanket and cup of coffee because you won't be able to put it down until you've finished. The sisters are lovely and intelligent; I couldn't help but want to join them for a day of exploration in their antique shop or a day spent shopping in town. The storyline was so well defined and each character fitted that storyline so well that I never noticed how short the list of characters really is. I appreciated the author avoiding extra and unnecessary characters as well as a large amount of magic words that I can't pronounce. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery or magic story with a little romance thrown in will fall in love with this book. I'm already searching for the next book in the series. I can only hope there will be many more to come!