Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

This story had me hooked from the first two sentences: ‘The goat was in the tree again. I hadn’t even known that goats could climb trees.’ If that isn’t a great opening I don’t know what is!

Amy Goodnight and her sister Phin are taking care of their aunt Hyacinth’s ranch during the summer holidays while Amy waits to start college. She has spent years hiding the fact that she comes from a long line of witches, and while she loves her family, she would like nothing more than a normal life.

Now on the ranch, she spends her days cleaning out barns, negotiating with stubborn goats and dealing with her eccentric sister’s interest in the paranormal. Then one night Amy is visited by a spectre who tries to send her a message. A grave has been disturbed on a neighbouring property, Amy and Phin decide to investigate and soon find themselves in the centre of a ghost uprising.

Texas Gothic is an absolutely fantastic novel, brilliantly written and engaging. The character of Amy is so likeable and you can’t help but feel for the way she tries to hide her family’s supernatural abilities. This is the first Rosemary Clement-Moore novel that I’ve read, but I’ll definitely be reading more of them now. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.

Nathan Reid is from Readings Malvern