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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Where do you turn when your mother is executed on witchcraft charges? That’s the predicament in which Lena finds herself in The Magic Of Fireflies by J. M. Taylor. On the run from the mob that murdered her mother, Lena is directed to a house where she was told she’d be safe. After help from a handsome family friend, she leaves England behind and settles in Virginia in hopes of having a normal life once more. On the way to America she meets and befriends an elderly lady named Mrs. Millner and becomes her companion. The two move to Pungo which is a town in Princess Anne county. When they arrive, the two find out that the town is home to its very own witch, something that both terrifies Lena and piques her curiosity.
I absolutely loved The Magic Of Fireflies. J. M. Taylor weaves a story that is unique in its own way. Lena is a very likable character with whom you can sympathize and relate to. I also found it fascinating that Grace Sherwood was, in fact, a real woman who had been accused of witchcraft in Princess Anne county. It’s not a predictable witchcraft tale so it keeps the reader on their toes and manages to both awe and surprise. The last part of The Magic Of Fireflies really shocked me because I was expecting it overall to be a case of false accusations. Needless to say, I would recommend this book to friends and I am eager to read more of J. M. Taylor’s work.