Book Reviews: The Charm by Tracy Hefferoncategories: Book, Friendship, Romance, Village Life, English Countryside, Humour, Witch, Witchcraft
Tracy Hefferonabout this book: The Charm is the story of Lorna, a young, successful florist who also happens to be a white witch. She has everything in life apart from someone to love. One frosty, November evening, she makes and buries a love charm and waits for her soulmate to walk into her life. And six months later he does. Meeting the enigmatic Joe Hardy turns Lorna's world upside down – a man so perfect, he almost seems too good to be true…
Although The Charm is predominantly a love story, it also embraces the relationship between Lorna and her two best friends, Rose and Eveyln, and the journey they have travelled together over the past ten years. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and the underlying seam of darkness that runs through it will send a shiver down your spine when you least expect it.
I started writing The Charm in April 2013 and it took me seven months. With planning and research before I even put pen to paper, and editing after finishing my first draft, I worked on The Charm for around eighteen months in total.
The inspiration behind The Charm is the village in which I live and an event I experienced one summers day back in June 2012. I won't go into too much detail because if I do, the plot will be given away, but the seed was planted for the entire storyline during that event and I started to plan the book from that day on!
Once I had the plot in place, I wrote a detailed synopsis and then started to break it down into rough chapters. I had to do a lot of research on witchcraft, which was brilliant and I learned a lot about Wicca and local folklore during the process. Once it was all clear in my mind and I felt confident enough to start writing, I just went for it! I tried to write every day – which is tough after working all day in a classroom full of six year olds along with running a home, two children and a dog – but I was focussed and disciplined and writing became part of every day life. On the day I finished writing the book, I ordered myself a silver pentacle, in honour of my achievements and my characters, who I grew to love as friends.
Designing the cover of The Charm was easy. I used to be a graphic designer in my previous life BC (before children!) so I knew I had to take on the task myself. I spent a while browsing images in photo libraries and as soon as I spotted the image I finally used, I knew it was meant to be. It features a couple obviously in love, sitting on a bench, underneath a tree with a heart carved into the tree trunk – all elements that feature in the book itself. And best of all, it was a black and white illustration – which conveys the dark and sinister side of the book perfectly. It was a meant-to-be moment!
I love writing so much. It is my only real hobby, apart from walking and drinking wine (!) and if I could write full time, I would be in seventh heaven. (Particularly if I could also write from a little cottage by the sea in Cornwall!)
I initially thought my readers would be female and aged between 25 and 50, but I've had younger and older people read it, as well as males, and they'e all loved it.
I hope you enjoy reading The Charm as much as I enjoyed writing it. I fell in love with the characters, as have many others have since reading the book, and I am very proud of it. It is a book for everyone. I would love to hear your comments about the book after you have read it, so please feel free to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
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FantasticWhat a story! Only book ever I have read twice. Fantastically written whereby you are totally absorbed with never wanting to put it down. This should be a film and look forward to reading more from this author.
An unforgettable story of love, friendship and the fine line between white witchcraft and dark witchcraftI always judge a good book by how long after reading it I can still remember every detail and picture every image in my head ... and I can recall every detail of The Charm as though I read it yesterday. The story takes every day scenarios of love, friendship and life in a quiet country village, and mixes it beautifully with the not so every day occurrence of witchcraft to give a real 'edge' to the love story. The writing bought everything to life and I felt I was there, in the village, with the characters - living the story with them. In fact at times I had to remind myself that it wasn't real! I laughed, I cried and I gasped out loud at the twists and turns. An excellent read - and I would like a sequel! [by Mandy]
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