The Magic of Fireflies

Fiction - Historical - Personage
165 Pages
Reviewed on 03/01/2020
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Author Biography

J. M. Taylor enjoys writing in various genres; hence her tagline, "writer of whatever haunts or amuses me." If it's interesting, pleasing, frightening, or haunting, she's open to writing about it.

​She prefers writing Historical Fiction with Gothic elements. Having grown up in the South, there was rarely a story told in her family that didn't involve the paranormal or supernatural, and this is reflected in her work. She also enjoys writing Science Fiction and Fantasy in historical settings.

In addition to writing traditional full-length novels, she is keen to provide short reads to her online audience, either as stand-alone stories or as part of a series. Sometimes a quick read is exactly what someone needs in today's fast-paced world.

She is a full-time Humanities faculty member at a local college in southeastern Virginia where she lives with her husband, daughter, two spoiled dogs, and a mischievous cat. If she could fit a Friesian in her back yard, she would definitely have one.

Published Works

Short Stories:
The Soothsayer
Don't Let Go

Novella Series:
Violet of Ravenwood Series, Book I: Wolf Moon
Violet of Ravenwood Series, Book II: Ravenwood

Secrets of the Mechanical Heart

The Magic of Fireflies

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

Where do you turn when your mother is executed on witchcraft charges? That’s the predicament in which Lena finds herself in The Magic Of Fireflies by J. M. Taylor. On the run from the mob that murdered her mother, Lena is directed to a house where she was told she’d be safe. After help from a handsome family friend, she leaves England behind and settles in Virginia in hopes of having a normal life once more. On the way to America she meets and befriends an elderly lady named Mrs. Millner and becomes her companion. The two move to Pungo which is a town in Princess Anne county. When they arrive, the two find out that the town is home to its very own witch, something that both terrifies Lena and piques her curiosity.

I absolutely loved The Magic Of Fireflies. J. M. Taylor weaves a story that is unique in its own way. Lena is a very likable character with whom you can sympathize and relate to. I also found it fascinating that Grace Sherwood was, in fact, a real woman who had been accused of witchcraft in Princess Anne county. It’s not a predictable witchcraft tale so it keeps the reader on their toes and manages to both awe and surprise. The last part of The Magic Of Fireflies really shocked me because I was expecting it overall to be a case of false accusations. Needless to say, I would recommend this book to friends and I am eager to read more of J. M. Taylor’s work.