Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts.
She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly.
Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed in ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ.
She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects.
Come to find out, they think she’s a witch. And after a few mysterious mishaps, Dephne is beginning to wonder if they’re right.
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**Cait Sidhe’s Review of Betwixt **
Defiance got majorly screwed over by her ex-husband and his mother in her divorce. In spite of putting her heart and soul into owning a resturant, it’s ripped away from her with some low blows and a shady lawyer. Luckily, she finds out that the grandmother that she never knew bequeathed her a huge house. Sure, it needs some work, but where else does she have to go? Something is super weird though as people keep randomly showing up asking her to find things, both inanimate and not.
Having read the Charley Davidson series, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Dephne (identity crisis, much?) is super snarky so there’s really a lot of fun banter. She just seems so incredibly flighty though and not at all like a 40 year old woman. After a while, it kind of got on my nerves. Slow down, girl and listen to what people are trying to tell you. She has this idea that she has 3 days to turn down the house, but she won’t stop long enough for anyone to tell her this rule doesn’t exist! It’s also a bit cliched with the whole chosen one/power of three type trope and the instalove, though a hot inked handyman can come work in my house in a kilt anytime.
Betwixt was a light, bubbly book to binge. I’m not immediately tuned in enough to want to throw myself on a sword to get the next book in the series, but it was cute and bubbly and a nice reset before continuing on. If you love the Charley Davidson series, I think you’ll find that the correlations of MC, best friend, love interest, and supportive secondary characters will drawn you right into the Betwixt & Between series.
I give Betwixt 3 out of 5 propellers. I just didn’t love Defiance/Dephne and it really distracted me from the storyline.
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About the Author
NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 18 languages. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that legacy. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.