Yasmine Galenorn is bright, funny, definitely a cat lover - and gorgeous! And her books are just the same. Emerald O'Brien - the heroine of Yazza's Chintz and China series - loves cats, her tea shop and her kids, her house and her fiance. It's midsummer and everyone's looking forward to the wedding. The plans are perfect and right on schedule - the dress fittings, the band, the guests, the families, the parties, the food. Oh, sure, there are a few pre-wedding jitters, but what can you expect?
At the beginning of One Hex of a Wedding Emerald has everything going for her - except it's not going to be that easy. Everything that can go wrong - for Emerald and her friends and family - does go wrong.
The thing about One Hex of a Wedding - and the other books in this series - is that when you describe the plot it sounds like a comedy of errors, a farce. And on one level, that's exactly what it is. I mean, these books are funny. I could list for you the things that go wrong one after another after another and you'd laugh. But funny isn't all these books are - they're much more emotionally complex and satisfying than that.
What happens isn't funny to Emerald or to her friends and family. They're right in the middle of crisis after crisis and the emotions run high. Add an ex-husband, a crooked seamstress, a cursed necklace, a heart attack and a stalker. Emerald's best friend is in deep trouble, Joe's family are driving her crazy, and so is her family. Mix in more than a little magic and you've got Yasmine Galenorn at her best.
Funny, yes. Emotional and satisfying, yes. Magical - absolutely. And to make things even better, there's a happy ending and a charm for you - the Full Moon Bridal Ritual. Want to avoid all of Emerald's pre-wedding problems? This charm could help.
You might want to start at the beginning of this series, if only to enjoy the burgeoning relationship between Emerald and Joe - it's worth it. The earlier books are Ghost of a Chance, Legend of the Jade Dragon, Murder Under a Mystic Moon and A Harvest of Bones. You can read One Hex of a Wedding without reading the earlier ones, but I guarantee you'll enjoy them all.
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