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Oops, she did it again.
Warning: Ends with a goat of a cliffhanger
I’ll be honest and say I struggled a bit with Book 2 of the Ivie McKie series. As with Book 1, I loved the beginning, found the cliffhanger a hoot, and can’t wait to read the next book (in this case, the final installment). But as with the first book, I found the middle a little convoluted. Some of that is to be expected because – let’s be honest – this is about a sorceress, meddling parents, and magic.
Throw in a fashion-obsessed best friend, wedding-dress shopping, and a hot fiancé, and it’s all good, right?
Enter an ancient Scottish curse, men clad in kilts (yummy), a crazy and powerful sorceress, and it’s clear Ivie is in over her head. Again, the secondary characters are often as much fun as Ivie.
There were moments of humour in this book – and another goat – but I didn’t find myself laughing out loud as I had while listening to the first book. Overall, I enjoyed it and will definitely listen to Book 3 when it comes out.
Now, I have to address the narrator. I adored Kathryn Merry, narrator of the first book. Her comedic timing and voices for Ivie and her crew were perfect. I understand sometimes it is necessary to switch narrators, but the choice of Jorie Raine Fradella was unfortunate. I know finding narrators capable of highbrow British, faux-French, ragin’ Cajun, and Scottish brogue would be a challenge, but Ms. Fradella simply wasn’t up to the task. I truly dislike saying anything bad, but listeners need to be warned. For many, it won’t matter. For me, unfortunately, it did. If she narrates the third book, I will still listen. It’s just too bad as she detracts from the quirky book. That being said, it is still worth a listen.