Strega – Magic: The Spirit Never Dies by Lynne Russell – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Strega - Magic: The Spirit Never DiesStrega – Magic: The Spirit Never Dies by Lynne Russell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderfully told story set along the shores of modern day Massachusetts and in Southern Italy’s, Old Country, both of which really came alive through the authors detailed and descriptive narrative. I could feel the Italian sun and the fresh salt air in Massachusetts. The storyline has it all, history, hereditary witchcraft, wonderful characters, amazing settings and, “Reincarnation, Family, Love, Hope, Suffering and Joy”, and of course magical liquor! All of which had me spellbound from page one. Angela Scotti (Annie), a third-year medical student has dreams of becoming a healer, but due to past tragedies her destiny or ‘Destino’ has other plans for her. Annie is also having difficulties whilst working at the hospital as her mentor has become an enemy, and then there is her successful lawyer fiancé who is giving her no support. Especially in regard to the urgent whispers she has started to hear at night.
The dual timeline aspect works well and reads flawlessly in this novel, from Italy in 1617 and 1899 and the stories of Annie’s predecessors, to modern day Massachusetts. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster whilst reading this engaging novel, and felt as though I was there with Annie as she faces her past. The historical details made me feel immersed in the eras and the author has obviously done her research thoroughly. An enjoyable read which flowed well and kept me captivated from start to finish.

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