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Texas Gothic
by Rosemary Clement-Moore
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Delacorte, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Eighteen-year-old Amy's place in the family is as protector. Most of the world don't see magic and she seems to be the only one of the Goodnights, a clan of psychics and witches, who realizes that. She likes things to appear normal, at least to outsiders. The magical Goodnights don't see the necessity, so her job is often unappreciated.

Amy and her sister Phin are house-sitting their aunt's herb farm while Aunt Hyacinth takes the first vacation she's had in ten years. The first person Amy sees after a week of hard work taking care of the animals is a good looking cowboy from the cattle ranch that surrounds their homestead. Wearing only her panties and bra, she's trying to drive one of his cattle out of the yard before he damages her beloved, bright blue Mini Cooper. Besides being snarky about her lack of clothes, he seems intent on blaming Aunt Hyacinth for the rumors of a ghost on the McCullough ranch.

Amy doesn't mind ghosts. She's very fond of her late uncle Burt whose presence is often felt around the farmhouse. But there is another more powerful ghost nearby who can come into the house undeterred by the protective spells Aunt Hyacinth uses to guard the farm. He wants something from Amy and the fact that she doesn't do magic doesn't seem to matter.

Clement-Moore's voice is casual and funny - just right for this supernatural mystery set deep in the heart of Texas. She throws in a sweet romance and a feisty heroine who is determined to protect her family, whether they want her to or not.

I hope this isn't a standalone and that we'll see more of the Goodnight family in future books.

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