Audio: A Royal Witch by Danielle Garrett @authordgarrett #AmandaRonconi @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted February 2, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

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Audio: A Royal Witch by Danielle Garrett @authordgarrett #AmandaRonconi @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks A Royal Witch by Danielle Garrett
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #7
Published by Tantor Audio on January 28, 2020
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 5 hours, 38 minutes
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There are several new roommates in the Beechwood Manor, and one of them is a royal witch.

Literally and figuratively.

Unrest in a haven-ally magical kingdom leads a foreign princess into hiding and the Supernatural Protection Agency deems the Beechwood Manor as the perfect safe house—and Holly, her perfect guardian.

But with Holly's business taking off and a new apprentice under her wing, a royal babysitting detail is the last thing she needs. Besides, the spoiled princess is adamant she can take care of herself. So who could blame her if her supervision is a little lax?

When tragedy strikes, the bratty royal’s problems land at the manor’s front door and it’s going to take all hands on deck if the paranormal roomies hope to make it out alive.

A Royal Witch is the latest in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries.  I caught up on this series right after I started the Ghost series. This is an urban fantasy series where the characters go through a lot of changes so I wouldn’t read these out of order.

Holly has so many things she has always wanted. She has her home, her boyfriend, Adam, and now she has her shop and warehouse to utilize her master potions license. I don’t get her relationship with Adam as they sometimes seem more like bickering siblings or friends.

The manor gets a new resident who is a royal witch from a faraway area. She is there as a protection measure because she has issues. The princess seems more like a bratty teenager than an adult woman.  So the beginning of the story is a bit of a turn off with the drama seeming ridiculous, and then of course, Holly and her housemates get caught up in the mystery surrounding her issues.

From there, it actually becomes one of the better books in the series.  There’s the mystery.  There are also things going on with Posy and the manor itself,  and with Holly’s new store.  The latter two topics are not complete and will likely carry on to future books.  Holly does have some new revelations about relationships and I am happy with that character growth. Nick has a new career opportunity also. I ended up really enjoying A Royal Witch.

Narration:

Amanda Ronconi is a well-loved narrator and handles this series well.    She is a master with these quirky, paranormal stories. For me, these voices sort of blend with her other Beechwood Harbor series.  I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE

 

About Amanda Ronconi

Amanda is an actress and narrator who divides her time between New York City and Upstate New York. She has a BFA from NYU where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times. Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her voiceover work encompasses nearly 100 audiobooks available on Audible.com. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

Amanda’s new solo show, Kempner, will debut in 2016.

About Danielle Garrett

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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Posted February 2, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments


6 responses to “Audio: A Royal Witch by Danielle Garrett

  1. Jen

    Nice review. As you know, I had some issues with this one. I did really like the mystery solving bit, like you did. This is one aspect where Holly is growing/maturing. It will be interesting to see how things go down in the next book.

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