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Into the Woods [Kindle Edition]

Linda Winstead Jones
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Fairy Tale Romance.

Declan Harper is determined to have the reluctant woman he desires as his bride, even if it means visiting the old witch who lives in the woods beyond Tanglewood, Mississippi to purchase a love potion. But he finds the old woman gone, long dead. In her place is her bewitching granddaughter Matilda, who claims to know nothing of the kind of magic he wishes to possess.

As far as Matilda Candy is concerned no good ever came of love, and she can’t imagine why Declan is so intent on having the power of love in his hands. But as she attempts to deliver what he wants an unexpected love blooms and Matilda finds herself wondering . . . Can love be manufactured, or is it impossible to touch the heart with even the strongest magic?

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  • File Size: 3313 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MEG2BU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairie tale for lovers -- very highly recommended March 13, 2001
By C. Penn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Matilda Candy doesn't mind that the people of Tanglewood, Mississippi, believe that she's a witch.The rumors provide Matilda with a measure of privacy and freedom from unwanted visitors. She learned much of her grandmother's craft, who's name she also bears. So when a stranger comes to the door looking for her grandmother, she offers her help.
Declan Harper has little patience for ineptitude and determines to own the town and run it by his own exacting standards. He's going to own the town that once scorned him, and every business in it. When he overhears two children, Hason and Grechen, talking with their mother about a witch, he recalls Matilda Candy fondly, as the only townsperson who treated him well and believed in his positive future. The only thing Declan wants, that he doesn't yet have, is Vanessa Arrington. So he hopes Matilda Candy can help. After he realizes the old woman has passed away, he asks the young Matilda for a love potion. Declan insists, despite her assurances that there are no magic potions to affect the workings of the heart. She can, however, create an aphrodisiac -- a lust potion.
To Declan's way of thinking, Vanessa is the paragon of feminine beauty. In addition, marriage to her offers the perfect revenge. Her father had always referred to him as "that Harper boy", calling him and his sisters poor white trash. The elder Arrington hadn't yet equated the wealthy Declan with the boy he'd maligned years ago. Declan looked forward to enlightening him, maybe after the wedding.
As Matilida turns the pages of aged and dusty books, she finds a note from her grandmother cautioning her about trifling with ways of the heart. Matilida and Declan are kindred spirits, both knowing what is to be on the outside looking in. Both have strong purpose in their lives.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting March 3, 2001
By Monique
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The year is 1875. The setting is Tanglewood ,Mississippi. Declan Harper's returned to his home town with vengeance on his mind. The son of a drunken farmer and Irish woman, he remembers being called "poor white trash" by one of the wealthy plantation owners, Warren Arrington, when he was a child. Declan, now a wealthy man himself and neighboring plantation owner, wants Arrington to choke on those words he'll never forget.
Marrying Arrington's daughter, Vanessa, and then announcing his true identity to Warren seems like perfect revenge to Declan. The problem is Vanessa is so beautiful she men falling at her feet. Declan will stop at nothing have Vanessa as his wife . Even if it means seeing the local witch for a love potion.
Matilda Candy doesn't see herself as a real witch even though the women in her family are all gifted with some power or another. Matilda true talent is the sweets and beauty treatments she makes and sells to the general store weekly. When Declan approaches her for a love potion for Vanessa, she agrees to help him.
Vanessa whips up a potion from one of her grandmother's books. But will it really work? Declan want's to test it first, so he and Matilda both take a dose to see what happens. Oh boy! Things get hot between Declan and Matilda from here on in.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true to the fairy tale! February 2, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Declan Harper seeks revenge on the town of Tanglewood, his childhood home, for the ill treatment the upperclass had shown his family when he was a child. They were forced to leave town when he was but a young boy and now as an adult Declan vows to prove to one man in particular that he now has a higher station in life. He hears the urchin twins Hanson and Gretchen spinning tales of the local witch and remembers the gentle old lady that had been nice to him in his youth. He wants to wed the most beautiful woman in town so he needs the Candy lady to make him a love potion to help his plan succeed.
Matilda Candy knew the town thought she was a witch but she ignored them and continued on as her dear sweet grandmother had taught her. She lived alone quite content making candy, rose water and lotions to sell to the grocer in town. She was exceedingly patient with the precocious Hazelrig twins and often made them sweets when they helped her with odd chores. However her
greatest challenge comes when a handsome man approaches her and wants her to make him a love potion so he can make the lovely Vanessa fall in love with him. Matilda agrees to help Declan even though she knows the woman is far from what she seems or what Declan needs.
Ms Jones expertly weaves a wonderful romance story into a favorite childhood faerie tale of mine...Hansel and Gretel. The story had interesting characters that kept me entertained through out the book. A beautiful love
story that was very magically told...definitely a keeper!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh so good... March 28, 2012
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This is story is oh so good...

This book has romance. Unlike other stories out there, there is an actual buildup to "love". Admittedly they find each other attractive almost immediately, but that's a common occurrence in these kinds of books. It's how it builds from there that really got me. The characters flirt. They have quiet scenes. And the best part is they aren't always on top of each other. But, yes they do get on top of each other but even then the naughty bits are written quite well (not overly descriptive erotica, but explicit enough to be sexy)

This book has intrigue. One of the main characters even has a revenge plot that actually has consequence to the story. There are many romances out there that forget about their subplots, this isn't one of them. It's well woven into the main narrative.

This book has well rounded characters. In lots of stories there's an insistence that the female leads declare themselves to be strong, only to never prove it in their actions. The female lead in this one has a silent strength that you can feel throughout the book. She makes her own decisions, right or wrong, and doesn't wait for the writer/fate to make them for her. The male is human. He feels like a real person. Most romances forego giving their "prince charmings" a personality. You have to supply your own dreamboat in those cases, but this one is an actual human and screwed up. Even the some of the townspeople and the side characters have humanity in them and go through their own arcs.

This book has annoying children. Okay, this I could have done without, still they do make the world a bit richer. They were a tiny bit two dimensional but do have a nice story arc so I guess I can forgive them.

5 stars. Oh so... soo... sooo good...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book and its in great condition
Published 3 months ago by Patrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Started out good and was lame.
Published 3 months ago by Gary Britz
4.0 out of 5 stars well written
I thought this was very well written, but need to point out that it felt like two entire stories in one. I felt that the antagonist's story was too full bodied. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 4 months ago by M. B. Russi
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story... good reading
Loved it loved it and loved it even more... Loved the unusual setting and the feeling of magic lurking behind every page.. A total page turner.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rhea
1.0 out of 5 stars Format!
This author needs a refund from the company that formatted they did a sloppy job. I found myself rereading a page I'd already read several times that I gave up reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J.Roc I luv Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Hansel and Gretel in the West
A twist on the fairy tale with the Witch taking the lead, and what a witch she is! I loved this book, loved the characters, even the mean ones. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Min Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read!
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this charming little novel. I have a long daily commute on the train, so I read a lot of romance/historical fiction, mostly because you can... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches, a set of twins, the bad boy in town, and all the potions for...
The title does not prepare you for what you are about to read. The characters are great . The story is not what you think it should be. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Clement
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Woods
This was a cute spin on the Hansel and Gretel tale of the witch in the woods. Matilda Candy doesn't have a house made of candy, but it doesn't stop the two storytelling imps from... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K.Dunst
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More About the Author

Linda's first book, the historical romance Guardian Angel, was released in 1994. In the years since she's written in several romance sub-genres under several names. In order of appearance, Linda Winstead; Linda Jones; Linda Winstead Jones; Linda Devlin; and Linda Fallon. She's a six time finalist for the RITA Award and a winner (for Shades of Midnight, writing as Linda Fallon) in the paranormal category. Most recently she's been writing as Linda Jones in a couple of joint projects with Linda Howard, and rereleasing some of her backlist in ebook format. She can be found at any one of a variety of Facebook pages, @LWJbooks,, and

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