Kezia Smythe recently moved to Jaded Falls and purchased an old farmhouse with the plans to open a bed and breakfast, much to the displeasure of many of the other town residents. Dominic Dineen fell in love with Kezia from the moment he had met her when he came to inspect the roof on her farmhouse. When they became engaged their happiness was complete except for a couple of small teeny tiny problems. Dominic's mother, Doreen, hates Kezia and no one in Jaded Falls knows Kezia is a witch, not even Dominic. It doesn't help that she is not very good at the craft.
While talking with Dominic about his mother and her interference just after midnight on Samhain (Halloween) Kezia utters a few careless words and casts a spell on Doreen and a few hours’ later Doreen turns into the toad Kezia called her. Now Kezia has until midnight to restore Doreen to her human form or she will remain forever the toad she now is. Time is running out, Doreen is being her usual disagreeable self, and Kezia is wandering if she can fix her future mother-in-law before Dominic finds out what she has done. Kezia is feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Kassanna has written a very short, quick moving story that is full of humor. Readers get to experience the emotions that come with not being accepted by their mother in law. I know a few people I might like to turn into toads and leave that way. The sexual tension between Dominic and Kezia is high. My favorite scene is where Kezia is threatening to leave Doreen as she is if she doesn't behave. She is overheard by Doreen's lover whom no one knew about. This story is so full of scenes and dialog that will have you laughing out loud. You will be shocked by the way the story climaxes, but left very satisfied by the ending. This may be a short novella, but Kassanna has managed to give a complete story without leaving you feeling as though it need more to explain something that was missing or edited out.
This is a delightful story that will leave you with that feel good feeling we all hope for in a happily ever after romance.
Kezia Smythe is a newcomer to Jaded Falls. The townsfolk don't like change, and they'd definitely not approve of her being a witch.
Doreen Dineen is the worst of the bunch, going against her at every turn. It doesn't help matters that the woman's son, Dominic, asked Kezia to marry him. She does her best to avoid her future mother-in-law.
When she accidentally turns Doreen into a toad...well, she'll just have to turn her back. If only she knew how.