First love is hard to forget, and even harder to ignore…
Evergreen Pendre wasn’t planning on going home for Yule. But when her Mom tells her the old coven is coming for a visit, she wants to see everyone. Well, almost everyone.
After four and a half years, Sawyer Collins finally has a chance to reconnect with his first love, Eeva Pendre. He might have been too shy to tell her how he felt before, but he’s changed. And he’s determined not to let her slip away this time.
As the coven prepares for Yule, they are reminded that not everyone has the holiday spirit in this contemporary Pagan holiday romance.
As Eeva shifted her weight from foot to foot, swaying in time, they started the simple steps of the dance, circling each other.
“Yeah, that’s it,” Sawyer encouraged. “You remember. Ready for the staff?”
Eeva smiled. “Go for it.”
Sawyer struck out with his staff, and Eeva met it with hers. He did it again with the same result. And so they went on in rhythm, the mock battle playing out in a dance. They circled each other. They clashed in the middle. They retreated.
Sawyer’s heart raced as the exercise made him warm in his coat. He took it off, his steps still in time. Eeva did the same, her breaths punctuated by white puffs from her lips.
“Ready to try the end?” Sawyer asked her.
“Come at me,” she challenged, her voice teasing.
Sawyer attacked, bringing his face in close to hers, their staves crossed between them. This was where he was supposed to push them apart. She was to fall to the ground, defeated. But as they locked eyes, and he felt her breath on his face, they both froze.
I love reading about a different holiday yet one that is similar to what I was raised in.
Let me warn readers that D. Lieber does not shy away from the intolerance and ignorance shown regarding topics that people know nothing about and towards disabled people. A Very Witchy Yuletide is not a soapbox for pagan beliefs or the visually impaired, it just happens to have two main characters who are pagan and one is visually impaired (author’s choice of words).
Yuletide is about family, love, and traditions. It is about second chances and falling in love. It is about growing up and figuring out who you are and what you want. Can you go back? Are you the same person? Are they the same person? Are you prepared to be happy?
Lieber is also kind of enough to throw in some real heat in here too. (wink) I love the chemistry between Eeva and Sawyer and the humor thrown in.
A Very Witchy Yuletide has lots to offer: history, family, traditions, food, and romance. Isn’t that what the holidays are about?
I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.
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From the Desk of Author D. Lieber:
How do I celebrate the holidays?
Well, I’m Pagan, so I celebrate the winter solstice, Yule.
How my characters celebrate the holiday in A Very Witchy Yuletide is how I wish I celebrated the holiday! But to be honest, I am a pretty lazy Pagan. Like many people, I set up my Yule tree shortly after Thanksgiving. I usually decorate it with pinecones and crystal-style, off-white string lights. I always put either a wicker star on top or a bow. I set it up in my bedroom because my cats are terrors and Grinches.
I usually get into a baking kick at some point, though this happens to me throughout the year so I don’t know that it is holiday specific. But then again, I do try for those holiday flavors. Cookies everywhere! Cookies for everyone!
In the past, I have gone home to visit family. But last year I told them I wouldn’t be coming home during that time anymore. I did promise to see them at other times throughout the year (though COVID kind of killed that for 2020). It is very stressful for me to be the only Pagan at a week-long Christmas party. And though my family loves and accepts me, they do not celebrate the same holiday as me. So, I have found that I end up giving up my Yule celebrations in order to be with them.
This year, I had planned to celebrate with my Pagan friends, which will likely be a Zoom ritual. It’s pretty basic, low-key stuff. We cast a circle, light some candles, sing songs, maybe do a little divination. We do something a little different every time. Mostly, we celebrate the rebirth of the Sun by taking time to mark the turning of the wheel of the year and the passage of the seasons. With any of the Pagan holidays, that’s really all it is about. You can get all fancy with your rituals. But it’s really just you connecting with the earth, taking time away from yourself and your everyday worries to just exist in this one moment, in your tiny bit of universe.
Publisher: Ink & Magick, 9781951239107, 27 October 2020
Editor: Cover to Cover Editing
Sex: Rated R
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