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    Complex and unique

    I received a free copy of this book and opted to share a review. This isn't a typical story of black magic because it isn't based on the black magic we've come to expect from high fantasy, where the lines between good and evil are clearly defined. The magic in this book comes from a place where superstition lives; old magic that a family's elders practice and the younger generation deride. There is depth to the characters that make them incredibly engaging. For instance, Magda's story is a combination of tragedy and heartwarming. As a young woman in an abusive marriage who falls in love with her employer whose motives are dark, she performs some horrific and unforgivable acts. She then moves to America where she befriends a young single mother of twin girls, and she becomes more like an auntie or grandmother to them. As an older woman, she learns the truth about her lover; however, it is too late and she must entrust the twins to fix her past mistakes. Does one decide that Magda is evil because she was misguided, or does one understand why she was misled and determine that she was trying to make things right? As I said, the plot and most of the characters are beyond the trifling "good" or "evil" labels. With its complex characters and its magic, Copper Pennies reminds me of the Mayfair Witches. Even though the twins aren't Magda's blood relatives, the plot has a generational feel to it and it delves more into the gray areas between "good" and "evil." While not as dark and graphic as Anne Rice's "Mayfair Witches," I think fans of that series will enjoy this book.
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    Best book of the year!

    Beautifully and magically written. This story takes you on such an adventure and I loved every minute. It was so hard to put down! The magical aspects on rituals/practices is spot on as well. I fell in love with the characters and I cannot wait for more! This book is what dreams are made of.
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    Amazing

    Well there goes my Sunday afternoon..started Copper Pennies and only stopped long enough to fill my coffee cup. It’s been a very long time since I’ve discovered a book that held me captive from start to finish. I am actually heartbroken that it’s finished. I wanted it to continue on and on. The saving grace is knowing that eventually there will be a second novel. Fingers crossed it will be written with as much talent and ability as the first. I’ll be anxiously awaiting it publication. Thank you for the reminder of the absolute joy of losing myself in a book.
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    Like The Omen only creepier

    This book drips with evil. The author is able to create a world of evil and there is a sense of darkness emanating from this work that I haven't seen since reading 'The Omen'. An intriguing approach to character creation leads the reader to think this book is about Magda but that isn't necessarily true. She is the main component for the first 52% but then slides into the periphery while the twins kind of take over. In looking for a comparable, I think fans of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty will love this book. The reader is kept on edge from almost start to finish and the book ends with the reader having their own heart beating fast. There seems to be nothing good that can deal with the multi levels of evil purveying this world. I did find it accurate for Avery near the end to remark that the old coins on the ground could be worth thousands but probably only hundreds with the scratches and marks. If only all collectors who wanted to sell their collections knew that bit of numismatic knowledge! A powerful addition to the dark works of evil fiction that could have mass appeal. My Rating: 5 stars
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    I totally enjoyed it!!!!

    Magda is a sweet old grandmotherly type, that takes in Vivian a single mother and her twin daughters Avery and Chloe. But watch out for Granny!!! She has a pretty mean punch. Seems that Magda can bring forth magic when she needs to help her new adopted family. But her history is a mystery to Vivian and the girls. Magda teaches the twins good magic and wants to spread goodness through her life. Magda has forgotten her past, but it comes to her in her dreams. The forces of evil are calling her back to her roots. Magda flees back to her home country to die, but there is a darker reason. Vivian and the girls are lost in a void without their dear Magda. Magda completes her quest for a lover from long ago. Then Magda learns that her foolish love for a man from the past is about to unleash evil onto this world. With no place to turn, Magda reaches out to her adopted granddaughters to carry the charge and defeat evil. How does it end? You’ll have to read Copper Pennies. Carrie did an Awesome job in writing this magical thriller. Her writing is clean and crisp, one couldn’t go wrong in reading from this author. Just watch out for Punch-O & Lefty!!!
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