Author of Visionary Fiction & Fantasy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful and thought provoking
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2022
If you enjoy stories with alternate realities or parallel universes, you've likely enjoyed a tale or two by the author, Maighread MacKay. "Finding Charli" is such a tale, although I hesitate to minimize the novel by the confines of a single genre. Elements of high fantasy, romance and magical realism are interwoven seamlessly with thought-provoking feel-good philosophy reminiscent of "The Little Prince."
The main character, Charli, is a young woman who's lost her way after the death of her supportive grandmother. This loss, the condescending men in her life and some deep-seated resentments from her youth combine to trap her in a very dark place. She is unsure of who she is, the direction she wants for her life and even her own worth.
After an argument with her boyfriend over the immediate need for marriage (his need), she drives towards home in a blizzard- only to wreck her vehicle on the icy roads. The accident is the trigger for her "out-of-world" experience. With her vehicle out of commission, Charli sets off on foot. Spying a distant light, she moves towards what she assumes to be home. What she discovers is a mystical inn with... But wait...no further spoilers here. I don't want to ruin the surprise. (Suffice it to say I'm actively searching to make reservations there).
The author deftly conveys the character's disbelief (and ultimate belief) along with the precise setting descriptions in a manner that I soon felt I was right there at the Inn with Charli. Her experiences, along with the colorful characters she meets, lead to dramatic changes in her life and relationships.
I highly recommend this as a must read, and an important one. It's a feel-good emotional roller coaster, and a thought provoking read you won't soon forget
If you haven't read this author before, you're missing out on a real treasure. Well done.
The Haunting of Hawk's Ridge Hall
Maighread you drew me in with your opening paragraph. I could see and hear it all. As I had met a few of the characters in your other 2 fabulous books the new ones took me along with great ease as well. I especially liked the humour that you brought through Martha and Gladys, they're a couple of women that I would like to spend time with. Lots of intrigue and self discovery through their interaction and to have one's belief become open minded to the possibilities of another level in the hereafter that even the skeptics could believe in and accept was well written. Thank you.
I enjoyed reading Stone Cottage and was swept away with the characters. I do agree with Maighread that our lives are laid out for us,before our birth. I was intrigued with how the past and present lives were intermingled -Maighread wove a lovely tale that I thoroughly enjoyed and will be happy to share with my fellow readers.
What a wonderful story. What a wonderful writer Maighread MacKay is! I've now read this book three times, and each time I find something new in it.
Murder At Mother's
Thank you Maighread for another great read in your series. Once again you wove a great story, with greed rearing its ugly head at the death of the Matriarch leaving the family to point fingers at each other. I loved the way you resolved the story and in my opinion it was a great ending.