Myth and Magic

Myth and Magic

by Mae Clair


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Mae Clair opened a Pandora's Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, and a good Maine lobster tail.

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ISBN-13: 9781616507220
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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Myth and Magic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Coldcreek is your typical small town with the one ultra wealthy family that tries to take care of everything in the town, with some people liking it and others disgruntled. Stone Willow Lodge in Coldcreek is a pet project of the Breckwood family, but lately things haven't been going according to plan. Lodge manager Veronica Kent thinks it is haunted. Caith is a private investigator and a Breckwood, and even though he has changed his name, he has scars of his own that haven't healed. The family calls him in to find out what is going on at Stone Willow Lodge, and in the process he is forced to confront his past and the tragedy that shaped his life. Myth and Magic doesn't have any traditional magic going on, just the chemistry between Roni and Caith, but it explains the childhoods of the friends. Author Mae Clair writes a compelling novel that has you crying and laughing all the way to the end. Myth and Magic, as a title, had me expecting more paranormal in the story, but it is more a feeling and upbringing; a way of life in a small town that was once idyllic but turned tragic due to greed. Money is the root of all evil it has been said, and that is the root of all that is evil in this story as well. Author Mae Clair weaves a realistic story that you can imagine being lifted from the headlines of a current newspaper. That realism adds to the magic of the story and has you turning pages as fast as you can to see what happens. Can the wounds of years ago be healed and a family rebuilt? You'll have to read the book for yourself to find out.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I normally try to stay as far as I can away from spoilering a book; unless its something big that happens in the first couple chapters. But I really feel that this is something that needs to be said. I saw this book cover, read the title and then the blurb and thought Paranormal Romance. Bring it On! Um, yeah, not so much. This is a Romantic Suspense; especially as there is no real paranormal activity. That's right, those "ghostly apparitions" in the blurb will all be explained away. I'm still a bit perturbed that it wasn't the genre I thought it was. Having said that, it was an excellent Romantic Suspense. I remember thinking at about the 53% mark that I totally knew who the bad guy was. Yeah, not so much. The author managed to completely twist things just enough that I was caught as shocked as Caith and Ron (Veronica) were. And didn't that cause my mouth to drop open in shock and awe! It is rare that I am completely blindsided by an author's tricksy clues and red herrings. Although I shouldn't be surprised, it's words like Myth, Magic, and Monsters that led to my mistaken identity of the book's genre. So of course she managed to slide the bad guys right by me, like a magician setting up the big finale. Hmmpf. Needless to say, if you are a fan of really good Romantic Suspense novels, you should check this one out. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and it had a nice mix of action and dialogue. The plot kept a nice pace, moving me inextricably along it's path of duplicity to the wrong conclusions. (Tricksy author!) I gave this book 4 stars and am adding the author as one to watch for. Thank you to Netgalley, Kensington and Goddess Fish for the opportunity to read and review the book.
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HeidiSenesac More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping novel by Mae Clair. This tale of second chances was filled with myth, magic, suspense and romance. I'm usually pretty good about solving a mystery early, but in this tale, Clair kept me guessing until the very end. Veronica "Ron" Kent has remained in her hometown, making a success of herself, but has run into problems she can't seem to solve. Mysterious things have been happening at the lodge she manages, and the owners step in and suggest hiring private investigator, Caith Lairen. That the PI they want is their brother, and the only man Ron has ever loved drives the romance as they rediscover each other. Caith abandoned Ron right after high school, fearing a ghost from his past will rise up and pose danger to Ron. But he has never stopped loving her either. Through in someone who wants to ruin the lodge and the intrigue deepens. This story has something for everyone. The writing is superb, tight and evocative. Clair's gift for description draws the reader deeper into the story. You cannot go wrong with Myth And Magic.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Romantic Suspense I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for a fair and honest review. I rated it 3.5 out of 5 Stars. A romantic suspense set in a small town in Pennsylvania, Myth and Magic by Mae Clair is filled with colorful characters, family drama and an engaging mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Good character development, plenty of physical action and emotional angst keep you turning the pages to discover what is really taking place at Stone Willow Lodge. Fans of mystery books with second chance romance and psychological twists will definitely want to give this book a try. Ms. Clair does a good job introducing the characters, their back story and the current situation, which brings childhood friends back together, in the first couple of chapters of the books. While it was easy for me to connect with both main characters; Veronica “Ron” Kent and Caithelden “Caith” Breckwood, I have to admit that I had issues liking them both at the start of the book. There is an uncomfortable romantic relationship between Veronica, Ciath and one of his brothers (Veronica was with Caith first, then his brother, then Caith again), which I felt kind of detracted fro the story. However, as the story progressed and we learn more about a specific incident from the past, I found myself willing to overlook some of their quirks and liked how they dealt with their mutual attraction and the mystery of who and why someone was “haunting” Caith’s family’s lodge. The secondary characters were well developed and I really enjoyed getting to know Caith’s family, his brothers Aren and Merlin in particular, and the citizens of Coldcreek, who added both color and drama to the events being investigated. The villains of the story, yes there is more than one, were colorful and had an interesting tie to both “Caith” and “Ron’s” past, and the numerous twists and turns the story takes made it difficult to discover who the real villains were – especially since ‘Caith” had so many issues from the past with his family that colored the investigation at first. Will Veronica and Caith discover what’s really going on behind the “ghostly sightings” at Stone Willow Lodge before it’s too late and someone gets hurt? Will their second chance at love be more successful than their first? You’ll have to read Myth and Magic to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Clair’s work in the future.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Myth and Magic by Mae Clair is a novel with an interesting mystery. Veronica Kent is the manager of Stone Willow Lodge. They run retreats for executives. Lately people have been hearing a lady crying, seeing strange apparitions, a dead dog (cut open) in a suite, a leg in a fireplace, and much more. What is going on? Reservations are being canceled, so Breckwood Industries (who owns the lodge) decides to bring in an investigator. They decide to bring in their brother, Caithelden Lairen (he changed his last name). Caith left the area when he was eighteen and has not returned. Caith is troubled by events from his childhood. The Breckwood boys (Merlin, Aren, Galen, and Caithelden) and Veronica grew up together along with Derrick Trask. Derrick and Caith were kidnapped one day and held for ransom (Caith’s father is very rich). Unfortunately, Derrick ended up getting killed trying to save Caith. Caith has not spoken with his father in twelve years because he did not keep his promise. Before Caith left for college, Veronica and Caith had a magical night by the lake. But several weeks later he wrote Veronica a letter breaking her heart. Now the two of them are going to be working together at the lodge to figure out who is sabotaging it. Do Veronica and Caith still have feelings for each other? Caith brings his son, Derrick with him. Derrick is thrilled be surrounded by his family and to finally meet his grandfather. Can Caith overcome his past so he can have a future? Who is sabotaging the lodge and why? Myth and Magic is a good mystery, but it contains a lot of romance (and sex scenes). Myth and Magic is just not what I expected from the original description. I thought it was more of a paranormal mystery, and it turned out to be a mystery romance book. I give Myth and Magic 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery was complex and involved an unexpected character. I received a complimentary copy of Myth and Magic from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.