- Title- Snow Dust and Boneshine
- Author- Grendolyn Peach Soleil
- Genre- Romance, Historical Fiction
- Number of Pages- 125
Snow Dust and Boneshine is the first book in The Chronicles of Granny Witch, a paranormal romance from Old Wyoming. The book follows Fawna Darling, a granny witch in Purgatory Bend who helps the people in the town with her magic and knowledge and is everyone’s favorite. After the loss of her mother and her father leaving for California, life was normal for Fawna with her horse and Apothecary shop until she met Patrick Doolin. With nowhere to go, Patrick seeks shelter with Fawna and they form an eternal bond in the dreamscape, but when the bluebirds sing of summer they are faced with an impossible decision. Will Patrick stay with her or will he cross over the prairie?
The book is a historical fiction and the author does a fantastic job with the writing style to make us believe we are living in that era and place. I could imagine myself in the beautiful snow-swept prairie of Purgatory Bend living with all the people in the town. Besides being a romance, the book also focuses on the relationships Fawna has with the other characters. I especially loved reading about the relationship between Fawna and her mother. While she was growing up Fawna’s mother passed on their ancestral knowledge about granny witches and taught Fawna how she should protect her magic and how she could use it to help the other people in the town. Other than the heart-warming mother-daughter relationship, Fawna’s dynamic with her father, her childhood friend, and other townspeople was also developed pretty well.
The only character which I felt was a bit underdeveloped was probably Patrick. Being a romance, I thought the story doesn’t focus much on his character probably because he and Fawna didn’t have many conversations throughout the book. Don’t get me wrong though, he is absolutely enduring, it’s just that I would have liked a bit more dialogue. I could connect more to Dezi, the childhood friend because there was so much history and meaningful conversations there. Besides that, the book is executed to perfection.
The story reminded me of the poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, which states that sometimes we are tempted to do some things, tempted to stay in the beautiful woods a little longer but life has to go on. This resonates with the theme of the book as well.
The book is well-paced and the author captivates you with her writing. The backdrop of the enchanting woods and the snow-swept prairie forms a perfect setting for a book filled with magic, hope, and love. All in all, it is a heart-warming story, perfect to read in a cozy atmosphere with a cup of coffee. I highly recommend it to everyone and especially to the people who are looking for a good romance.