Audiobook review: Silver Dreams by Kate Moseman
Silver Dreams opens shortly after the previous book, with Ride or Die witch Pepper and her in-the-dark husband Pete going on a vacation without kids (for the first time). While at the local resort, Pepper’s water magic starts to act out, and a naked water man shows up in her bathroom. Luckily, Pete is understanding and accepting of Pepper’s new found powers.
Silver Dreams is the third (and final?) story in the Midlife Elementals series. Each book follows a different main character as she comes to terms with her magic and finds love. The stories are best read in order, and I highly recommend reading “Crow’s Feet and Capers” from the Girdles & Ghouls Halloween anthology, which is a prequel, but falls at book 2.5 in the reading order. The events in this novella directly impact and lead into Pepper’s story.
Overall, Pepper’s adventure is fun and the most outrageous of the three witches. She needs to overcome her fear of sharing the magic with her husband, bring peace to some merfolk, and stop a powerful man from exposing the witches. There is a lot going on and at times, the book is a bit disjointed. It felt like the merfolk storyline was a convenient and crazy way to give Pepper the tools she’ll need to fight the ultimate bad guy. And while I love that the witches involve Pete, the whole storyline with him using his dentistry to help a mythical creature was a bit over the top for me.
Pepper is the only married Ride or Die witch, which makes her story a bit different. Her romance focuses on her relationship with her husband, which involves bringing him into her world. I loved how the author portrayed the long-married couple and Pepper’s fears over how change will impact the relationship. That said, I was also frustrated with Pepper at times. She feels left out from previous escapades because she’s got to take care of her family first. I understand the need for her to prove to herself and others that she can handle the danger, but Pepper made some Too Stupid To Live choices during the adventure that had me cringing.
Narration: The story is shared via Pepper’s first person POV, and the narrator of the book is Pepper. Ms. Sands performs using her distinct voice, which I enjoy so much. She’s got a deep feminine voice that is somewhat soft and slightly raspy. Ms. Sands changes her tone for the characters’ dialogue, deepening for males, adding slight accents when called for, creating a unique set of voices for the cast. At times some of the voices sound similar, but they are performed in a way that I could always follow who was talking.
In the end, I enjoyed Silver Dreams and the series on whole. The third book was a little outrageous in some spots, and I struggled somewhat with Pepper’s TSTL attitude at times. However in the end, it all works out, and the journey has been a fun one to follow.
About the Book:
Pepper hasn’t been on a vacation with her husband – without the kids – ever. As in, never ever. On top of that, she still hasn’t told him about her magical water powers yet. Oops. (She meant to get around to it, really.)
And now the magic won’t leave her alone, sending one strange emissary after another to interrupt every single supposed-to-be-romantic moment. She has her hands full just trying to hide the truth, let alone trying to rekindle the other kind of magic with her husband.
With the help of the Ride-or-Die Witches, a mischievous new animal friend, and a well-meaning but decidedly unmagical spouse, Pepper must face the music and become the water witch she was always meant to be. Will this be an enchanted dream vacation…or will it be a complete wash?
Author: Kate Moseman
Narrator: Xe Sands
Series: Midlife Elementals #3
Genre: Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Audiobook Release Date: January 10, 2022
Publisher: Kate Moseman
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
Audio Speed: 1.3x
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