The Scot, the Witch, & the Wardrobe
Annette Blair
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The Scot, the Witch, & the Wardrobe
Annette Blair
304 pages
December 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Victoria Cartwright, unlike her friends Melody Seabright (The Kitchen Witch) and Kira Fitzgerald (My Favorite Witch), is convinced she doesn’t have a magical bone in her body despite her supposed magical heritage. Upon the death of her beloved grandmother, Vickie receives a key with a cryptic tag: “Unlock the wardrobe with the magic inside you and meet your destiny.” According to family legend, her ancestor Lili Lockhart left the key to her female descendants a century previously, and only the daughter who inherits her magical gifts will be able to open the wardrobe and complete her spell. When she opens the wardrobe and finds a carousel unicorn, Vickie is flabbergasted.

Rory MacKenzie, hermit and carousel expert, immediately recognizes the carousel unicorn when it appears on an antiques television show. It was carved by his ancestor Drummond, for the Immortal Classic Zodiac Carousel, and its recovery is key to ending the curse on his family and on the town of Caperglen, Scotland. Rory heads for Salem, Massachusetts, intent on recovering his unicorn but is unprepared for the sparks that fly when he meets Vickie. Will Rory be able to end his family’s curse before succumbing to Vickie’s spell?

The third volume in Annette Blair’s “Accidental Witch” trilogy picks up where My Favorite Witch left off. The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe focuses on Victoria Cartwright and her quest for a knight on a charger. Vickie and Rory make a wonderful pair, and the witty dialogue the two fling at each other will have readers laughing out loud. The double entendres fly thick and fast throughout: “Some wooden chargers are specimens of piercing beauty and should be taken for at least one good…gallop…before a decision is made.”

Despite the disparaging view each holds of the other - Vickie is convinced that Rory is a “lack-wit shoddy-mannered Scot” and Rory believes Vickie to be “lady stubborn spitfire” – the heat between the two shimmers off the page. The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe is full of sexual tension, but first and foremost it shows the power of love as these scarred individuals find healing.

Annette Blair will continue to write about witches with her upcoming “Triplet Witch” Trilogy, focusing on Victoria Cartwright’s half-sisters (triplets) who provided a great deal of comedic appeal in The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The first book, Sex and the Psychic Witch, is scheduled for release in August 2007.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Janelle Martin, 2006

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