Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
This book was on my to-read pile for about year before I decided to actually sit down and read it. I totally blame the blurb for that, it just didn't do anything to capture more than a spark of 'hmmm, looks interesting'. So when I actually sat down and started reading, imagine my surprise when I found I liked it and the author made me want to carry on reading until the end and then just left me there with a cliffhanger.
Cate's our protagonist and she's a very easy character to like. Ever since the death of her mother, Cate has been responsible for looking after her two younger sisters, Tess and Maura. She's not as comfortable with the idea of being a witch as the other two are, she'd much rather be 'normal'. Having to take care of her sisters means that Cate never really had an opportunity to be carefree and relaxed, so she's constantly worrying about what will happen if anyone finds out that she and her sisters are witches. Tess is very clever and is better intellectually than either of her sisters. Her relationship with Cate is sweet as they are quite understanding of one another. Maura, I really, really did not like from the start. She's frivolous and has a lot of self-importance, completely the opposite of Cate.
Soon her childhood friend, Paul, returns after being at university for a while. I was really not a a fan of Paul. Coming back after so long and just assuming the Cate would love him and marry him? A bit presumptuous, no? And then there's their new gardener: Finn. His brave and self sacrificing ways did much to make Cate (and me) think he's just *sigh*. The romance side of the book was a lot more centre stage at times than I expected.