The Catalain Book of Secrets (Paperback)
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Faith Falls is a snug little Minnesota town constructed over a mystery, a place where the most impressive building is a gorgeous Queen Anne with turrets, cantilevered gables, and a wraparound porch. In a concealed room beneath the twisting stairs of the Queen Anne lies the Catalain Book of Secrets, the repository of the wisdom the Catalain women have gathered since the beginning of time.
Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cottage until the ghost of the man she murdered when she was 12 appears. His return pulls Jasmine, Ursula's daughter, back into the fold. Once believed to be the most powerful of the Catalains, she foreswore her gift to bury a shameful secret. The ghost also calls home Katrine, Jasmine's sister, who has been banished for fourteen years. Finally able to return to Faith Falls and the beloved Queen Anne, Katrine must claim her true Catalain power to save her mother and sister from the dark family curse.
Told in a majestic mosaic of strong women’s voices, The Catalain Book of Secrets weaves together alchemy, hope, tragedy, and true love to spin a tale in the style of Garden Spells, A Discovery of Witches, and Practical Magic.
“The Catalain Book of Secrets opens with a bang and keeps on firing off the unexpected. Think Charles deLint or Alice Hoffman…spell-binding.” –Midwest Book Review
“The Catalain Book of Secrets picks you up and sweeps you away until you're completely intoxicated by its magic. Life-affirming, thought-provoking, heart-warming, it’s one of those books which—if you happen to read it exactly when you need to—might heal your wounds as you turn the pages.” –Catriona McPherson, Agatha, Macavity, Anthony, and Bruce Alexander-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series and The Day She Died
“The novel is tightly plotted, and Lourey shines when depicting relationships—romantic ones as well as tangled links between Catalains.” –Kirkus Reviews