Meet Vivian Marshall, an introverted artist from Juneau, Alaska. Painting, cooking, hot baths and quiet evenings make Vivian happy. Neighbors with poor boundaries, her moms’ coven-style living arrangement and dogs make her unhappy. When Vivian moves into a new apartment, she finds her sensible life turned topsy-turvy by dogs, a pony-tailed landlord and an inconvenient prophesy. Vivian is about to learn that there is magic all around!
Vivian Marshall is feeling pressure from all sides. Should she explore her rediscovered magic and embrace the rolesof wife and matriarch that she’s been prophesied to fulfill, or should she forsake her magic and return to the life she knows and loves, the simple life of an introverted artist? As Vivian navigates the choppy waters of her conflicted desires, she also finds herself at odds with her mother and trying to accommodate fifty houseguests and prospective in-laws while coming to terms with her heritage. (From Amazon.com)
Sissy: I found this series on an independent author Pinterest board, of all things, and was curious enough to look it up on Amazon. I liked what I read, and got the books. So glad I did! I then told Bubby she must read them immediately, which she did, because she is such an obedient little sister (pause while I choke on my own saliva). These books have so many magically quirky elements–were dogs, a shapeshifting Pandora’s Box named Daisy, goddess powers, to name a few–I was absolutely and delightedly taken in.
Bubby: Here’s a towel, Sissy–that’s drool you’re choking on, not saliva. (You know, she’s been drooling a lot more recently…must be a sign of advancing age…) Can we talk a bit more about the Pandora’s Box named Daisy? I’m still not quite sure what it is or how it does what it does, but it? she? ended up being my favorite character. Daisy changes shape depending on mood and situation and ends up as everything from an elaborately decorated chest to a tiny pink porcelain toilet. The whole thing just tickled my funny bone.
Sissy: And then there are the characters, oh so many characters! What I like about them, aside from their weirdness, is that they are all complex, having good and not so good sides. Except for maybe Vivian, who is mostly all good, just somewhat confused, and Norm, who seems to have all good intentions. But others, like a few aunts, skew to the not so good, and some, like the family matriarch, are good with outdated/unhelpful views and methods. Vivian’s mother, on the other hand, is kind of a brainwashed mess. But you’ll have to read the books to find out what I’m talking about.
Bubby: Ever since we were married, one of my husband’s fondest dreams has been to take an Alaskan cruise. Not being a big fan of the outdoors or the cold, I’ve never been excited about the idea. But after reading these books and thoroughly enjoying their setting, I might allow myself to be persuaded. Who knew there was more to Alaska than sled dogs, ice floes, and moose?
Sissy: Some people who are more well-travelled and erudite like myself know that there is much more to Alaska than my sister’s above-mentioned short-sightedness. We’ll talk later. I loved how Vivian navigates her new-found world of paranormal events with mixed parts of skepticism and acceptance–it makes her real and relatable. I also liked learning about life as a “Juneauite”–they are certainly a wonderfully unique bunch! Marcy L. Peska dug deep into her imagination and came up with something refreshingly different and satisfying to brighten up the world of fantasy! Book 3 please?
Bubby: I love finding books where a normal, contemporary setting suddenly gets injected with a big fat dose of magical happenings. I keep waiting for that to happen in MY life, but the closest I get is Sissy stealing my daughter’s tutu and flitting around the house sprinkling glitter on everything. *Sigh* Hurry up, Marcy! Write book three so I can have more magic in my sorry existence!
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