Handmade Happenstance – I’m cutting my losses on this series now.

Handmade Happenstance.
Marmalade and Magic, #2.
By Michael Anderle.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Jemma Nox, holler witch in training, has discovered that there’s more to Kalhoun County than meets the eye. Could things be about to get even stranger?

Old hurts and buried skeletons refuse to stay in the shadow of the past. Buckle up, darling. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The county is divided when company men start crawling over the Mountain, but that’s not the worst of it. Illness sweeps through the younger residents, while everyone else in town takes sides over whether this is their big break or the beginning of the end for their way of life.

Mama B insists that she’s the only one who can end the division, but Jemma isn’t sure that she’s cut out for the job. Even with her friends Easter and Val helping, she’s going to have her hands full.

All Jemma can do is put her shoulder to the wheel.

The wheel keeps on turning as Jemma dives deeper into the lore of her newfound calling. Yet, the deeper she goes, the more questions she has. Not just about Kalhoun County, but about herself.

Is this really who she is? What she’s meant to do?If not, why has she taken to it like a duck to water?

When I read the first book, The Last Witch of Kalhoun, in this series I gave it a maybe. After reading this book I’m giving the series a pass.

Jemma Nox is supposed to be a Holler witch in training. I was expecting this book to focus on the training aspect and Jemma developing, learning new cool stuff and all that.

Unfortunately she is mostly running around dealing with mundane issues, whining about various uninteresting everyday problems.

Yes, she is also dealing with this mysterious illness and the nefarious supernaturals that suddenly appears in the village. However, and this my main gripe with the book, this is just another large companies are greedy and bad, especially companies that wants to mine natural resources, kind of story.

I’m feed up with that kind of bullshit where anyone siding with the big bad company is a bad guy and that “we” should just leave our natural resources in the ground and buy them from the Chinese (or Venezuela or some other socialist dictatorship) instead.

So this series is going on the do-not-read shelf.

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