A spooky, electrifying love story.
Amy Goodnight's family are far from normal. She comes from a long line of witches, and grew up surrounded by benevolent spirits and kitchen spells. All fairly harmless, but Amy can't wait to get to college and escape the "family business".
But things take a darker turn when she and her sister Phin spend the summer looking after Aunt Hyacinth's ranch. Amy is visited by a midnight spectre who is clearly trying to send her a message. It seems that the discovery of an old grave on a neighbour's land has been the catalyst for an apparent ghost uprising.
Aided by local friends and Ben, the handsome cowboy who just can't take his eyes off Amy, the sisters investigate. And they soon find that there's something strange and dangerous going on, deep in the heart of Texas...
After a near-tragic ghost-hunting accident in her childhood, Amy Goodnight has kept her distance from the work of her supernaturally talented family ("My relationship with magic was like a president's kid's relationship with politics: I didn't participate, but I couldn't quite escape it"). Taking care of Aunt Hyacinth's Texas ranch while she's away should be easy, but then Ben McCulloch, the sexy neighbor cowboy, catches Amy in her underwear chasing one of his cows, and there's the matter of a legendary ghost hanging around McCulloch land, apparently knocking down fences and hitting people on the head. When Amy inadvertently makes a binding vow to take care of the ghost, she ends up being haunted and must embrace her heritage and abilities. Clement-Moore (The Splendor Falls) will keep readers pleasantly amused and interested with her mix of science and the supernatural, but the story doesn't take off until the romantic sparks start to fly. The characters are likable but thinly drawn, and the mystery feels predictable. So while Amy and crew draw their own comparisons to Nancy Drew, the story recalls a more grown-up Scooby-Doo as well. Ages 14 up.