This was a fun read If you re looking for a quick Christmas story, a bit different from the average one, with quite a few laughs, I recommend that you try it For some reason the title and cover made me think this would be a romance, but it s not and I was pleasantly surprised about that I quite liked the main character and as a European it was interesting to read a Christmas story set in NZ Lastly, I enjoyed that the author used features found in modern paganism Wicca and the like as a ce This was a fun read If you re looking for a quick Christmas story, a bit different from the average one, with quite a few laughs, I recommend that you try it For some reason the title and cover made me think this would be a romance, but it s not and I was pleasantly surprised about that I quite liked the main character and as a European it was interesting to read a Christmas story set in NZ Lastly, I enjoyed that the author used features found in modern paganism Wicca and the like as a central part of the witchcraft in the story At turns funny and chilling, Australian Shadows Award finalist JC Hart has brought us a new story with well drawn characters, wit, insight and an intriguing world in the mysterious town of Kotahi Bay Fans of YA speculative fiction will enjoy this one. Fantastic Alyssa is a very amusing character who is struggling with the death of her Gran, and her inherited house that comes with a lot of baggage Very well written, and a fun read shadowed with a bit a sinister darkness that J.C Hart is just so very good at I can t wait to get my hands on the rest of the Kotahi Bay books I enjoyed the premise of a young woman forced to take on her witchy grandmother s legacy, but doing it in her own way Alyssa is quite determined and sassy and knows what she wants from life The setting of Kotahi Bay in New Zealand was interesting, I like the idea of a magical place that normal people can t find All up a fast, fun read. This Christmas novella is a fast, light hearted popcorn read which left me hungry forThe story follows Alyssa, a girl in a dead end job whose mysterious inheritance couldn t come at a better time While the story was a little slow to start, I was soon drawn in by the setting and characters There were hints of deeper back stories her family history and tensions, the unusual nature of the Bay, her grandmother s legacy all of which I would have liked to seeof.I would have liked th This Christmas novella is a fast, light hearted popcorn read which left me hungry forThe story follows Alyssa, a girl in a dead end job whose mysterious inheritance couldn t come at a better time While the story was a little slow to start, I was soon drawn in by the setting and characters There were hints of deeper back stories her family history and tensions, the unusual nature of the Bay, her grandmother s legacy all of which I would have liked to seeof.I would have liked the mystery of the villain s identity to be drawn out a little longer, however there is only so much you can fit into a novella Overall, a promising debut and I look forward to Alyssa getsthan she bargained for when she inherits her grandmothers house Not only is she harassed by the neighbours but there s someone or something moving things around Secrets unfold as she unravels a family secret that stretches back, mother to daughter, all the way to the old country Such an enjoyable read I began this in the middle of the night in the midst of insomnia and had trouble putting it down I loved the small town New Zealand setting and will be readingKotahi Bay Alyssa getsthan she bargained for when she inherits her grandmothers house Not only is she harassed by the neighbours but there s someone or something moving things around Secrets unfold as she unravels a family secret that stretches back, mother to daughter, all the way to the old country Such an enjoyable read I began this in the middle of the night in the midst of insomnia and had trouble putting it down I loved the small town New Zealand setting and will be readingKotahi Bay novels ASAP If you love a young, relevant female lead character and enjoy ghost stories, I highly recommend Also recommend as an easy, summer read with a healthy pace and a good length Hoping J.C harts other novels continue Alyssa s journey Guess I ll have to go find out Welcome to Kotahi Bay When Alyssa returns to the Bay for her Gran s funeral, she finds herself in possession of the house of her dreams and, apparently, a centuries old ghost itching to escape its bonds Still, the house has given her an escape route from a dead end job and a nasty break up, so perhaps dealing with a ghost might be worth it But between the residents who think she should step into her Gran s role as the town witch, a suspiciously nosy neighbour, and increasingly threatening occurrences around the house, Alyssa must decide whether this new home is worth it, or whether it s safer to leave the Bay for good I love any spooky stories with a witchy theme, and with its New Zealand setting, this novella hit the spot for me It was a little creepy and had a nice festive touch to it, too aren t all the best spooky stories set at Christmas A great debut novella, and I look forward to others in the series. This was an interesting story The main character comes from a line of witches Powerful ones But there is no backstory to go with this, only that Alyssa inherits her grandmother s house and the spirit that lurks Interesting start to a series, if the author chooses that path. I really really enjoyed this novella I just wish it were longer I enjoyed Aylssa s character and can t wait to read the next Bay book I think it s going to shape up to be a very interesting town.