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Imara Covington has always known that she comes from a family of strong women. Only after an unexpected journey to the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina, do the family secrets begin to unravel. Once she thought of her family as her safety net and her home as a haven, but now Imara is forced to confront the long buried secrets that are at the center of her family's str Imara Covington has always known that she comes from a family of strong women. Only after an unexpected journey to the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina, do the family secrets begin to unravel. Once she thought of her family as her safety net and her home as a haven, but now Imara is forced to confront the long buried secrets that are at the center of her family's strength.


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Imara Covington has always known that she comes from a family of strong women. Only after an unexpected journey to the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina, do the family secrets begin to unravel. Once she thought of her family as her safety net and her home as a haven, but now Imara is forced to confront the long buried secrets that are at the center of her family's str Imara Covington has always known that she comes from a family of strong women. Only after an unexpected journey to the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina, do the family secrets begin to unravel. Once she thought of her family as her safety net and her home as a haven, but now Imara is forced to confront the long buried secrets that are at the center of her family's strength.

30 review for The Covington Witches: part 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Never Never Land

    THE COVINGTON WITCHES - Book One was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is a great start to to Roz’s novel in six parts. We are introduced to Imara Covington who works her buns off running her own catering business. She experiences an incident where her dish, that she thought she had burned, is suddenly perfect. This is a great hint at possibly her own magic, something she is clearly unaware of. Then there is a sudden death in the family an THE COVINGTON WITCHES - Book One was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is a great start to to Roz’s novel in six parts. We are introduced to Imara Covington who works her buns off running her own catering business. She experiences an incident where her dish, that she thought she had burned, is suddenly perfect. This is a great hint at possibly her own magic, something she is clearly unaware of. Then there is a sudden death in the family and Imara is sent with two other cousins to represent their part of the family back at their hometown, Edenton. We learn that the family does have magic and Imara is becoming aware of just how special her family is. The story was long enough to give me just enough exposure to Roz’s ability in descriptive writing. She does an excellent job in putting the reader into Imara’s world and allowing them to travel with her on her journey into learning her families secret. I am completely curious as to why Imara seems to be the only one who doesn't know the family has magic. Is it because her mother has passed? Where is her father? I need to know more! While there were several area’s that needed an editors touch I did not take this into account when rating the book as I was provided an ARC unedited version. I gave a rating of 3 stars because while a lot of detail was given in the story I feel like I had more questions than answers. Perhaps, this was the authors intentions but I just don’t like having the feeling that something is missing. With that in mind I do recommend others read this book if they can wait for their answers or even when part two comes out. I will be waiting to read more as it comes out. I listened to the audio version of this short story and loved it. This is my first introduction into the Chaos Walking Trilogy and all I can say is wow, if this is just the beginning I am in for a fantastic ride. We are introduced to Viola and her world. We start out in the present with Viola and her parents just hours away from the New World, a new home for them and the rest of the settlers sleeping away on the larger ship. Viola and her parents have been selected to be the scouting ship that is to take off to the New World ahead of them and prepare it for the rest of the colony. Without saying too much Viola is a bit bitter about being sent away and alone with her parents for the next 12 months (5 on the journey there and 7 on the planet) and then disaster follows. This is a great introduction into the series and did its job of hooking me! Patrick is a wonderful storyteller and took me on a great roller coaster ride of emotions. I was not expecting to cry from such a short read, but yes I did! The story is told in two parts. The main part is the telling of events as Viola is living them. Months aboard the lonely ship with her parents, the fight with her father, the landing on the surface, etc. The second part that is sprinkled throughout the story is sort of flash backs into the time just when Viola learns her parents were chose to fly the scout ship and her goodbyes with those she cherished on the main ship. I really enjoyed the way Patrick wrote this short story and highly recommend this read to any one thinking of starting the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Find this and other reviews on my blog Happy reading!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    THE COVINGTON WITCHES - Book One was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The book starts with Imara Covington in the kitchen of her catering business. Her cooking always seems to come out perfectly (hinting that maybe a touch of magic is unintentionally involved). Due to a death in the family, Imara and two of her cousins are sent to represent their branch of the family at the funeral in the tiny town of Edenton (in the swamps). What follows is t THE COVINGTON WITCHES - Book One was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The book starts with Imara Covington in the kitchen of her catering business. Her cooking always seems to come out perfectly (hinting that maybe a touch of magic is unintentionally involved). Due to a death in the family, Imara and two of her cousins are sent to represent their branch of the family at the funeral in the tiny town of Edenton (in the swamps). What follows is the beginnings of Imara's discovery that her family is special. The author is wonderfully descriptive. Her word choice helps to make her characters more relatable to the reader. For example: "Sometimes she felt like a hamster on one of those stupid wheels, running on and on with no destination in sight and some bizarre absentee task master chuckling at her inane efforts." I am sure that anyone reading this can relate to how Imara was feeling. This is a terrific read and a great beginning to what promises to be an interesting saga of magic and family. I am very much looking forward to Book Two in the series. There are a few minor issues that could be fixed by an attentive editor, such as: "At a time close to dawn, a full bladder THAT awakened Imara." The word "that" is unnecessary. Another example is: "Her head felt hot and sticky and full, the fullness pulling down on her eyes, making her neck FELL stiff..." Obviously the author meant FEEL not FELL. If it were not for the editing issues, this book would definitely have rated 5 out of 5 stars. As is, I am inclined to give it 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Diavoli at Lookin' for a Bookin'

    In this first installment we are introduced to Imara Covington. A strong, driven, workaholic who has started a successful catering business. Her family is old money but they all work hard owning, or working at, a family business. Imara is asked to step away from her business to attend her uncle's funeral in rural North Carolina so she and two of her cousins make the trip from the fast pace of Philly to the remote little town of Edenton. Imara is enchanted by the family estate and this small town In this first installment we are introduced to Imara Covington. A strong, driven, workaholic who has started a successful catering business. Her family is old money but they all work hard owning, or working at, a family business. Imara is asked to step away from her business to attend her uncle's funeral in rural North Carolina so she and two of her cousins make the trip from the fast pace of Philly to the remote little town of Edenton. Imara is enchanted by the family estate and this small town but family secrets begin to unravel. There seems to be more going and she suspects her family is at the center of it. The Covington Witches, volume 1 is a story told in six installments, one released each month for the next six months. This first installment starts to weave what promises to be a unique and interesting story. The characters are well developed and believable. There is a warmth to the book that comes through as a love and closeness built within a true family dynamic. The only criticism I have it that it sucks you into the story and makes you wish you had the next installment so you can keep reading. I look forward to the next installment so I can see what is in store for Imara.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is the first installment of The Covington Witches, a story in six parts. In the first book we meet the Covington Family and the character we follow, Imara. Imara is a strong-willed businesswoman who runs her own catering company in Philadelphia with the help of her family. In fact, all of the businesses her family owns only employ other family members. Just as her catering business begins to boom, she and her cousins are called to North Carolina to attend the funeral of her Great-Uncle. Whi This is the first installment of The Covington Witches, a story in six parts. In the first book we meet the Covington Family and the character we follow, Imara. Imara is a strong-willed businesswoman who runs her own catering company in Philadelphia with the help of her family. In fact, all of the businesses her family owns only employ other family members. Just as her catering business begins to boom, she and her cousins are called to North Carolina to attend the funeral of her Great-Uncle. While in North Carolina all of the Covington's stay at her Great Aunt's sprawling estate on the water. While staying at the house, Imara notices a few strange things and when they bury her uncle in the family cemetery, she is pulled into the secrets of her family. Since this is the first book in the installment, there is not a lot of action, but there is a lot of slow build of suspense and character development. It does read more like the few first chapters of a longer work...which I guess it is. I like the different setting of this story for a book about witches, also that this is an African American family. The story does leave us in limbo at the end, so right now I am anxious for the second installment. This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    (I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.) It took me much longer than it should have to read this story (apparently TOO long since I can no longer order book two unfortunately), but what can you do when things get busy. It is really quite a short book since it is only the first part of six. The pacing is very slow and took a little getting used to, but this part of the story is a lot of build-up, and I suspect it might pick up in later parts. I do enjoy this type of story -th (I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.) It took me much longer than it should have to read this story (apparently TOO long since I can no longer order book two unfortunately), but what can you do when things get busy. It is really quite a short book since it is only the first part of six. The pacing is very slow and took a little getting used to, but this part of the story is a lot of build-up, and I suspect it might pick up in later parts. I do enjoy this type of story -the 'window into someone's life' sort of thing that isn't full of over-the-top action or unnecessary drama, it's just life. I appreciate this book in that way since I don't think that's something we get enough of. As short as this part of the story is, I thought it was good. Of course then it had to end just as it was getting REALLY interesting with all sorts of new intrigue in Imara's story! The characters were well written and the story is interesting. I would love to read more of it if I get the chance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Covington Witches is the first installment in a series about a family of witches. In this book, readers are introduced to Imara, an independent, career driven, hard working young woman living in the Philadelphia area. Her life takes an interesting turn when a death in the family and brings her to Edenton, North Carolina. Unbeknownst to Imara, she is a member of a family of witches. The story revolves I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Covington Witches is the first installment in a series about a family of witches. In this book, readers are introduced to Imara, an independent, career driven, hard working young woman living in the Philadelphia area. Her life takes an interesting turn when a death in the family and brings her to Edenton, North Carolina. Unbeknownst to Imara, she is a member of a family of witches. The story revolves around Imara's point of view, but readers are provided with hints of the mysterious, magical powers and nuances of the family which Imara isn't necessarily made aware of. This part of the story kept me interested because it provides the suspense behind a character discovering what she truly is capable of. It also leaves the door open with respect to character development in future installments. The first story didn't have much action, but did provide a good introduction to Imara and her family. I look forward to the other installments.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stevie Turner

    This is the first part of a series, introducing us to Imara, a busy lady running her own catering business in Philadelphia. When her great uncle dies she has to temporarily hand the business over to family and friends to run while she travels to North Carolina for a few days with her cousins to attend the funeral. The pace of life is slower in Edenton, and Imara gets to like it there and even begins to think about buying a property in the town with her cousins. While she is there her great aunt This is the first part of a series, introducing us to Imara, a busy lady running her own catering business in Philadelphia. When her great uncle dies she has to temporarily hand the business over to family and friends to run while she travels to North Carolina for a few days with her cousins to attend the funeral. The pace of life is slower in Edenton, and Imara gets to like it there and even begins to think about buying a property in the town with her cousins. While she is there her great aunt passes away as well, and there is a double funeral. However, Imara gets caught up in a special ceremony after the funeral which leaves her spellbound, but seems a strangely fitting family celebration for her great aunt and uncle. This book is very short. There is one spelling mistake, and editorial errors involving speech and lack of paragraphs. I think I would have preferred it if the author had combined all the parts to make one novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer-Eve Workman

    This book was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. While this book did have some good descriptive moments, it lacked a lot of "connecting dots" if that makes any sense. I did like the storyline and the characters but I think that the story itself needs a little more info and umpff... You can tell when the author went into "full on writing mode" and when she seemed to be forced to put words down. I also don't like it when books are divided up into This book was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. While this book did have some good descriptive moments, it lacked a lot of "connecting dots" if that makes any sense. I did like the storyline and the characters but I think that the story itself needs a little more info and umpff... You can tell when the author went into "full on writing mode" and when she seemed to be forced to put words down. I also don't like it when books are divided up into a series like this when it should all be one story. I will however, read the others in the series because the story line does have me hooked!

  9. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Johnson

    I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There's nothing like a family funeral to learn a bit more about your family and this is exactly what happens in Roz Carter's book. Carter does a great job hinting that there is more to this story and more to her main character, Imara, and her mysterious family. While this book feels more like an introduction to the story and not much happens as far as action, it is very well written. I enjoyed the different characters and the I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There's nothing like a family funeral to learn a bit more about your family and this is exactly what happens in Roz Carter's book. Carter does a great job hinting that there is more to this story and more to her main character, Imara, and her mysterious family. While this book feels more like an introduction to the story and not much happens as far as action, it is very well written. I enjoyed the different characters and the setting of the book. Overall, I liked the book and I will move right into reading the second in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Viv Ross

    First off, I won an ebook version of this via a giveaway hosted at Booklikes. That's what the build-up is in this first installment of the Covington Witches. It starts out with the mundane details of Imara's day-to-day life of her business; and by the end of the book, the mundane beginning is like a dream. Action-packed it is not (at least not yet maybe) but it is certainly interesting. Have you ever felt like you don't really click or connect with your family? I think that's possibly how Imara f First off, I won an ebook version of this via a giveaway hosted at Booklikes. That's what the build-up is in this first installment of the Covington Witches. It starts out with the mundane details of Imara's day-to-day life of her business; and by the end of the book, the mundane beginning is like a dream. Action-packed it is not (at least not yet maybe) but it is certainly interesting. Have you ever felt like you don't really click or connect with your family? I think that's possibly how Imara feels at times; like the oddball out. My hands are itching to get ahold of the next book...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charmer (+ Vibes Only)

    I liked seeing the kindness that the family showed each other. I still don't know what's going on with the family, but maybe the next book will shed alil more light on that. The Southern family seems questionable. I wanted to see witch stuff happen and I didn't. What does everybody else know that Imara doesn't? I liked seeing the kindness that the family showed each other. I still don't know what's going on with the family, but maybe the next book will shed alil more light on that. The Southern family seems questionable. I wanted to see witch stuff happen and I didn't. What does everybody else know that Imara doesn't?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sherril Sipes

    Enjoyed it...My type of Book......wish it was longer! The story-line has me intrigued......good characters! Author seems to be on their way style wise.......improvement on wording what they want us to envision would be my only helpful suggestion....:)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dee Vandenberg

    This book is a wonderful read! The characters are interesting, the sceneries well thought out and concise. I cannot wait for the remaining series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim Loomer

    I enjoy this short read and finding out just how different things are run when everything stays with family control. Even though people get to do what jobs they please, they are all within family companies. Why I am not entirely sure yet but when a death occurs and the characters go south to North Carolina things get clearer and more confusing all at the same time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ali Bell

    Thanks for the complimentary copy of the book. Overall, this is a decent book. A rich world is beginning to form, and I would be interested to see how the characters further develop through the series. However...the sentences are clunky; the descriptions are slightly over-the-top; the flow of the sentences and the story feels forced. Definitely readable, needs a bit of work though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    This was an interesting read mixing mystery and Gothic all together in one story or rather the beginning of a series of stories and just leaving you off where you have to get the next one to see what’s happening!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Ended to quickly....I need the next book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fandom Monthly

    REVIEWER: AUTUMN The Covington Witches Parts 1 & 2 by Roz Carter book review (spoiler free) Rate: 1.5 of 5 stars ★ Book Reviewer: Autumn About The Covington Witches: Imara Covington has always known that she comes from a family of strong women. Only after an unexpected journey to the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina, REVIEWER: AUTUMN The Covington Witches Parts 1 & 2 by Roz Carter book review (spoiler free) Rate: 1.5 of 5 stars ★ Book Reviewer: Autumn About The Covington Witches: Imara Covington has always known that she comes from a family of strong women. Only after an unexpected journey to the quaint town of Edenton, North Carolina, do the family secrets begin to unravel. Once she thought of her family as her safety net and her home as a haven, but now Imara is forced to confront the long buried secrets that are at the center of her family's strength. Part one introduces us to Imara Covington, a successful caterer who loves her work almost as much as she loves her family. What Imara doesn't know is that she comes from a family of witches and this installment starts the story of discovery for Imara. In Part two of THE COVINGTON WITCHES, we start to learn more about the Covington family. More secrets are revealed about just what some family members are up to in Edenton and Philadelphia. Imara sustains some shocks to the system. The cast of characters is expanding, but who is trustworthy and who has their own agenda is something Imara has to figure out. Blending Gothic horror, with contemporary suspense, THE COVINGTON WITCHES, will keep you turning the pages! From goodreads.com Review: I found Roz Carter's book extremely lagging. I only partially agree with Goodreads' summary. Part one does introduce you to Imara and Part two tells you a little more about her family being witches. The thing I don't agree with in the summary is when it says that Imara's family secrets begin to unravel. The book reveals little to nothing other than hinting at some of her cousins having a secret agenda. I also believe Part one could be shortened into a prologue and Part two could be shortened into a chapter or two. I do not recommend this book for people who cannot stand a slow start in books. This book may be okay for people with patience. It  would be appropriate for people 13+. Contains mild language. There is one other part (Part three) that is out in the Book of Secrets, Vol. 1).

  19. 4 out of 5

    JoJo

    This book was short, only 135 pages, broken into 2 parts. The back said part 3 to come in March of 2014. It may have only been 135 pages, but so much happens in such a brief book. Imara Covington is a loveable, hard-working, ambitious, introverted character that comes from a great family...or so it seems. The book hints at the use of magic and spells but doesn't really officially point it out until halfway through the book. Orphaned at a young age, her aunts and cousins are strongly involved in This book was short, only 135 pages, broken into 2 parts. The back said part 3 to come in March of 2014. It may have only been 135 pages, but so much happens in such a brief book. Imara Covington is a loveable, hard-working, ambitious, introverted character that comes from a great family...or so it seems. The book hints at the use of magic and spells but doesn't really officially point it out until halfway through the book. Orphaned at a young age, her aunts and cousins are strongly involved in her life. Only until towards the end do you realize that they are a family of witches, and Imara has no idea that she is a witch as well. Roz Carter does a fantastic job of describing the family house in North Carolina, I really felt like I was there, it was so easy to envision. There are a lot of characters but they are not hard to keep track of, as Imara has no interest in keeping track of them all either. The book ended in a fashion that really has my interest in reading part 3. Please note: this book was provided for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Elves

    This was a book we won as a Goodreads First Reads review and we know we’re not supposed to like a book because of its cover, but we really like the cover of this book, it is dark yet warm and earthy, a little like the book itself that, even though it isn’t in the first person, reads a bit like a diary or memoir. It is a very down home story in its way and those who are looking for the sort of dramatic adventure that one finds in Harry Potter, or Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, or Witches of the Ea This was a book we won as a Goodreads First Reads review and we know we’re not supposed to like a book because of its cover, but we really like the cover of this book, it is dark yet warm and earthy, a little like the book itself that, even though it isn’t in the first person, reads a bit like a diary or memoir. It is a very down home story in its way and those who are looking for the sort of dramatic adventure that one finds in Harry Potter, or Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, or Witches of the East End might find this novel a bit slow, but then this is just part one and two that are only 135 combined so it’s possible the elements of dramatic conflict will appear later. Reading this book is like sitting on the veranda on a hot and humid day with an iced tea in one hand and a hand held fan in the other trying to get up enough energy to create a gentle breeze. The Silver Elves authors of Eldafaryn: True Tales of Magic from the Lives of the Silver Elves

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I received this book as part of the Goodreads First-reads Giveaway. Thank you for the book! This is a good start for a series that has some great possibilities. I'm looking forward to learning more about Imara and her family. There are a myriad ways this book could go, and I can't wait to find out which direction the story will go next. I received this book as part of the Goodreads First-reads Giveaway. Thank you for the book! This is a good start for a series that has some great possibilities. I'm looking forward to learning more about Imara and her family. There are a myriad ways this book could go, and I can't wait to find out which direction the story will go next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shurrn

    ***I won a copy of this book in the Authors & Reviewers Group's 2014 Birthday Bash Giveaway. Thank you to all the authors, members, and Mods who made the event so successful.*** ***I won a copy of this book in the Authors & Reviewers Group's 2014 Birthday Bash Giveaway. Thank you to all the authors, members, and Mods who made the event so successful.***

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marlys Stroebele

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roz Carter

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Eells

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  30. 4 out of 5

    Renee

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