The wood nymph and the mathematician!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🤨🙂😣
The heroine: Ingrid Asher – a 500 year old tree nymph, at one point she was ready to die, until she discovered ice cream. She is now the face of a famous Dairy and plans on using her checks from the modeling gig to open her own Creamery. She moved from NYC to Mystic Bayou in order to live her dream. In Mystic Bayou she doesn’t have to hide what she was.
The Hero: Rob Aspern (a.k.a ‘Dr. Ken Doll Assface’) – neighbor to Ingrid, he works for the International League for Interspecies Cooperation as a data scientist (master of predictable statistics). He moved to Mystic Bayou because he was sick of the politics of the League in D.C. and he also yearned for the outdoors.
The Story: Ingrid is wary of all the people in Mystic Bayou when she first arrives. She doesn’t trust the League and is wary of some of the shifters and other supernaturals in town as in her past they have not always gotten along so well. As a wood nymph, her life is tied to a tree and if that tree dies or is cut down, she will also die.
While out for a hike in the bayou, Rob gets lost and comes across Ingrid who is tending to her cows in their pasture five miles outside town. Ingrid wants nothing to do with Rob, but to him she was serene and beautiful. He recognizes her as the milk maid in the Edelweiss hills advertisements. He had a crush on her as a teenager from those ads.
The story in this one is just as whimsical as the first two books, though I have to admit I didn’t like Ingrid at all in the beginning. She wasn’t just shy and standoffish, but was kind of mean to other people, especially if they are with the League. The League was kind of the governing body of supernaturals and rubbed them the wrong way in the past.
The book was told in dual points of view with dual narration. Narrated by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathon Davis who are both great at using different voices and accents for different characters. So it was very pleasant to listen to.
This was a novella in the series and like I said, I didn’t really like Ingrid that much at the beginning, she did get better as the book went on, but I think it would have been better if there was more from Ingrid at the beginning of the book to get the reader to like her and explain more background information on why she was the way she was before jumping in with her being so aloof.
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