Carved in Cherry by Elizabeth Kirke

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One thing set Lydia Shaw and her store apart from the other antique shops in town…

Lydia’s collection was plagued by curses, and it was her duty to break them.

Rachel, Angie, and Jo knew nothing about their aunt’s secret life. In fact, they didn’t even know she owned an antique shop, until they inherited it. Unfortunately for them, Lydia passed down more than just her store. The sisters are the proud new owners of countless deadly curses, buried under centuries of dust.

Lydia also left behind her apprentice, Peter. He does everything he can to protect the girls, as they explore their new store, unaware of the dangers it hides. In spite of his efforts, Rachel finds herself obsessed with opening a strange trunk, Angie has vivid dreams, haunted by a man who claims he needs her help, and Jo’s imagination starts to run wild.

When one of them falls victim to a curse, it’s up to Peter and her sisters to save her. But, if Peter can’t teach them to wield a magic, that he barely understands himself, she’ll be the first one to die.

5 Star Review from Readers' Favorite: Carved In Cherry, the first in the CurseCollectors Series by Elizabeth Kirke, had me spellbound from the firstpage to the last. For three sisters, the loss of an aunt they hardlyknew is sad, but worse it's an interruption of their busy lives. Whatstarts as a frustratingly necessary task of sorting through their aunt's antique shop quickly turns into one mystery after another. The antiqueshop is not only enormous, it seems to be full of odd sounds and sightsand is starting to make the sisters question everything they thoughtthey knew about their family, themselves and their plans for the future.

No better book to grab on a stormy night. Carved in Cherry by ElizabethKirke was nothing short of an enchanting story best paired with ablanket and cup of coffee because you won't be able to put it down until you've finished. The sisters are lovely and intelligent; I couldn'thelp but want to join them for a day of exploration in their antiqueshop or a day spent shopping in town. The storyline was so well definedand each character fitted that storyline so well that I never noticedhow short the list of characters really is. I appreciated the authoravoiding extra and unnecessary characters as well as a large amount ofmagic words that I can't pronounce. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery ormagic story with a little romance thrown in will fall in love with thisbook. I'm already searching for the next book in the series. I can onlyhope there will be many more to come! —
Reviewed by Leslie Bentz for Readers' Favorite

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