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"A mystical, gothic story about hereditary witches"

Drake family prophesy says the Seven Sisters will each find true love starting with the oldest sister to the next younger one. (First story of this series is short story MAGIC IN THE WING found in the anthology LOVER BEWARE. I recommend you read this first.)

In this story, the 2nd Drake Sister, Kate decides it is time to 'come home' to Sea Haven and plans to open a bookstore. Local contractor, former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite is working on the remodeling of the old mill for her. He has loved Kate for years but love takes a kind of bravery and skill that Matt feels he is lacking.

An earthquake cracks the mill's foundation and Kate senses an evil essence has been released. It will take all seven sisters' powers to battle the evil threatening to destroy Kate, Sea Haven and Christmas.

THE TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS had a mystical, gothic feel rather than intrigue. The suspense and supernatural were balanced in the story as well as the sense of balance in the mix of action and romance. We meet secondary characters and learn more of the rest of the Drake sisters which we should be seeing as this series continues.

It is a personal quirk, but even though well done in the story, I prefer not to have 'holiday theme' in stories that are part of a series unless it is a short story. Reading about Christmas in July just leaves something missing from the mental backdrop (or maybe I should have Aussie friends send US some winter weather?)

Courtesy: eBOOKISLE

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006

SUMMARY

Seven sisters…
and a legacy of magical secrets.

Bestselling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house-not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

When an earthquake cracks the mill's foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed…and that it's coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters' powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Magic, Contemporary

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The Twilight Before Christmas
(Drake Sisters: Book 2)
by Christine Feehan

Pocket Books (Star)
November 1, 2003
Available: November 1, 2003
ISBN #074347628X
EAN #9780743476287
304 pages
Paperback
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