Review: The Magic of Lavender by Cate Masters

The Magic of Lavender
The Magic of Lavender by Cate Masters
Series: The Goddess Connection (# 1)
Release Date:  May 22, 2011
Publisher: self published
Page Count: 258
Source: ebook provided by the author

Jocelyn Gibson forgot about the realm of magic. But it never forgot her. Gram always told her: don’t ignore your magical gifts, it will insult the family. But Joss didn’t realize her gifts included channeling the energy of powerful ley lines. Or that her family included a goddess. Family connections come in handy when the Lord of the Underworld kidnaps local vet Eric Hendricks. He’s an amazing lover, but Joss didn’t know she loved him until too late. With a little help from the Goddess Iris, Joss defends the new life she’s forged, and helps save the town of Boiling Springs from destruction. Once Eric escapes Hell, can she stop loving him to keep him safe?

Review:  I’ve always loved books that center around Goddesses and The Magic of Lavender fits the bill perfectly. Joss reminds me of my mother in so many ways except my mom cannot wield magic the way Joss can. Joss takes risks and her biggest risk is in buying a run down inn. She wants to turn it into a place that people love to go to and at the center of her vision for the inn is the lavender she plans to grow and use in many things such as her family’s lavender lemonade.

The story starts off with Joss and Annie wanting to get things going with the inn. Joss hires someone to start the renovations on the inn. Eric, the hero of the story, is a quiet man who lost his wife a few years ago. Neither Joss nor Eric are looking for a mate but fate has another plan for them. Joss knew her family was special but she never really knew the extent to how special they were. When Eric goes missing Joss realizes the entent of her own magic and how much she loves Eric. The love story that enfolds between Eric and Joss is sweet and full of strive. Eric really needs to convince Joss that what they have is something special.

The cast of characters of this book keeps the book even more interesting. Annie is the chef for the inn and she’s witty and kind. She seems to be the balance that Joss needs. Joss’ aunt and grandma are both very eccentric and fun. Her aunt sees into the future and reads tarot cards. They are the quirky aunt and grandma we all wish we had.The two of them help Joss realize what she needs to do and open up to love.

The underworld that was created by Masters is unique in that it is an entirely different way at seeing Goddesses. The Inn is on ley lines that help Joss use her magic. Using the ley lines she makes the Lord of the Underworld angry. You really need to read the book to find out what happens!

I cannot wait to read the second book in this series and other works by Cate Masters. This book really made me escape my boring life and enter into one that magic is possible. A world where lavender does things to people that it normally doesn’t.

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