Mist on the Meadow

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Wolf Harper needs a Kundigerin, "one who knows," to close his grandmother's estate and save the failing family business; instead, professional baker Marissa Maitland rattles skeletons in his family's closet and ignites a passion Wolf has never felt before. Has he been bewitched? **Awarded Honorable Mention - Writers Digest Ebook Awards for Fiction.** More

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About Karla Brandenburg

Karla Brandenburg is the author of contemporary romance, including her award-winning paranormal MIST series. First published in 2002, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the horror of Stephen King, she is an avid reader. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel. For more information about Karla or her novels, visit her website at: http://www.karlabrandenburg.com.

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About the Series: Kundigerin
Romantic suspense, with paranormal elements

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Sheila Deeth reviewed on on Aug. 27, 2014

Wolf has to find a kundigerin, but it might help if he knew what one was. Still, his grandmother seemed pretty sure he’d bump into one when wrote the idea into her will. And he doesn’t plan to let her down. But as one man grieves, one young woman, with a passion for baking, is facing her own grief’s coming. The uncle she loves, whose arrival is always heralded by magic, is suddenly showing his age. He’s also showing some remarkable match-making propensities, and Wolf is his target for Marissa.

They meet over a car, fall in love over food, and learn together about knowledge and heritage. Meanwhile they share the love of a cat, and solve the mystery of a failing company. More importantly, they strive to solve the mystery of each other while one can’t talk about what she is, and the other can’t understand. But love gives meaning to it all, releasing the claws of wrong relationships and the silence of secrecy, and binding two people who just might have more in common than they realize—but only time and more novels in the series will tell if breaking these rules is accident or intent.

Great dialog, fun characters, romance and a cat...

Disclosure: I found a free ecopy and I enjoyed it.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Sadie S. Forsythe reviewed on on March 28, 2014

3.5
This was a pretty good read. I really liked some aspects of it--Marissa's family & friends, her work ethic, Wolf's self-inforced control issues, the writing. I especially liked the way Wolf's slightly crazed, desperate behaviour countered the traditional masculine role without making him feel wimpy and the fact that Chuck may not have gotten his comeuppance, but he didn't get off scott-free either if you look at the karma of his life. However some things irked me.

Brandenburg doesn't seem to be bound by her own rules. One of the first things Marissa learns about being a Kundigerin is that she isn't allowed to talk about it. However, throughout the book she seems to speak fairly freely about it. Granted she avoids the actual word, but she still reveals herself on more than one occasion. Additionally, it is quite explicitly explained that females are Kundigerin and males are Secret Keepers, but Wolf seems to have Kundigerin powers of his own. Plus, since Marissa doesn't seem to know much about her abilities the reader doesn't know much and as a direct consequence there were times (the final confrontation for example) where I only had a hazy understanding of what actually happened.

A more personalised dislike was the fact that I thought that the whole misunderstanding with the ex-girlfriend was pat and trite. I could have done without all of the resulting self-doubt. She knew how he felt about her, so why feel so insecure? And lastly, After the mystery wrapped up (a little too nicely if you ask me) and everyone who deserved saving was saved there were still several chapters of just plain mush. No romantic trope was missed. Wolf systematically worked through every 'awww' moment possible. So much for everything in moderation.

Having laid my irritants on the table, let me reiterate that I enjoyed the read despite them. Brandenburg is a talented writer who sculpts believable characters that readers can easily relate to. I think the plot escaped the bounds of the story a little bit, but there is still a gem in here that is worth looking at.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

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