I have never been into fairies, but this poignant tale of winged creatures and the humans selected to protect them was compelling.
Abigale Forester aka Abby the Fairy Whisperer,
Moves from Chicago to Blackberry Ridge, FL to live with her Aunt Magnolia after the death of her beloved mom. Abby’s dad abandoned her for his drug addiction,unable to deal with his grief. His sister Magnolia takes in her niece and drama ensues.
Poor Abby has little time to mourn her mother, when she has to pick up her life and move to the unknown. Luckily her aunt is a loving, caring guardian.
Abby soon finds that she has a special gift of talking to all of the animals and the fairies of the land. The Calcite pendent given to her by her deceased mother holds special powers, as well. She learns that it is her birthright to save the fairies from the evil Rafe Cobb, threatening to destroy their realm.
Rafe Cobb is a businessman whose greed for Abby’s inherited swampland, causes him to order her to be killed. The tables are turned and like Abby says the forest take care of its own.
She refused to sell her land because she knew “The wrath of the gods would bring about the complete destruction of humankind. All because of one man’s greed for money.”
The book was vividly told in a way that has the reader transported to the swamp. It was as if I could close my eyes and reach out to touch the beautiful green fairy with red about her neck and translucent wings. I could smell her scent of lavender, sandalwood and patchouli. The author took me on a magical journey through the swamp so familiar I could have sworn I had visited the land.
With my recent loss of my mom, the book pulled at my heart strings when Abby’s mother appears to her and says “I am always here with you in your heart, Abby. Even if I do not walk this earth with you, your footprints are my footprints, and they have become our footprints.”
Kudos to Colleen Chesebro for her first time out of the gate. You would think she has written 20 plus novels. 5 of 5 Stars
One of the key elements in this story was the Heart Stone necklace that Abby’s mother passed down to her. You can get your own heart stone necklace on Etsy.