Nina Kiriki Hoffman has a talent for taking a contemporary world, overlaying it with a slightly surrealistic twist, and presenting a plausible alternate reality. In A RED HEART OF MEMORIES (4.5), Matilda (Matt) Black can see other peoples dreams. She drifts until she meets Edmund Reynolds, a male witch guided by his subconscious that he calls, Spirit. Spirit tells Edmund to help Matt and Matt sees that Edmund is troubled by his past. These two very special people begin a wondrous journey of discovery, terror and magic. Ms. Hoffman crafts a sweet tale, and her characters are deliciously accepting of the wonders they unfold. Part romance, part magic, part ghost story and wholly exceptionalone to add to your permanent collection. (Dec.)

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Kelly Rae Cooper