The TV adaptation of the Beauchamp Family series that aired on Lifetime made me want to read Witches of East End, the first book in the series. The show reminded me of Charmed at first but unlike Charmed, certain aspects of it irked me and eventually I lost interest. The series was cancelled after two seasons. I was curious to know if the book varied greatly from its TV adaptation so I gave it a try.
Witches of East End is about Joanna Beauchamp and her daughters, Ingrid and Freya, powerful witches who live ordinary lives in North Hampton, a quiet town on Long Island. Ingrid is a quiet, introverted bookworm who works at the town library, and Freya, the younger of the two, is her opposite: an outgoing, extroverted bartender at the local pub. When the story begins, Freya is engaged to marry Bran Gardiner, a wealthy philanthropist, but when his dark, mysterious brother, Killian, pops up at her engagement party, she feels a strong yearning for him that’s hard to resist.
Though forbidden to practice magic, the Beauchamp women are sorely tempted to when mysterious events begin occurring in their town: a neighbor shows up dead, an odd illness spreads among the towns people, and an odd greyish substance appears in the sea. As the temptation to use magic gets stronger, they must decide if revealing what they are is worth saving their town.