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The Calling (Mae Martin Mysteries Book 1) by [Foxx, Amber]
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Book 1 of 5 in Mae Martin Mysteries (5 Book Series)

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Well-researched and easy to read, this is a fascinating account of a young woman finding her own identity. While coming to terms with her inherited psychic and healing gifts, she experiences danger and fear on many levels, not least the fear of ostracisation for being 'different'. The characterisation is good and the plot gathers pace very satisfactorily. After this intriguing introduction to Mae Martin, I look forward to reading the next books in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Her mother-in-law isn’t happy about it either — an organic farmer 14 Feb. 2015
By Charles Brownson - Published on Amazon.com
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Rhoda-Mae Martin is a psychic. She lives in a crossroads town in northeastern North Carolina and she is eager to leave the place. Her talent offers a way out. Unfortunately, her mother and husband think it’s immoral and want her to stop it. Her mother-in-law isn’t happy about it either — an organic farmer, she wants to run for mayor, but in this town no one will vote for her if she has witchy associations. The townspeople, if they were to know about it, would grant her wish to leave town.

Mae’s particular talent is to see into places where others can’t. This is useful for finding lost cats, but as she begins to acknowledge her abilities she discovers that she is capable of much more. With the help of an object belonging to someone she is able to enter their life and discover intimate details. Finally, when she acquires some crystals, including those which once belonged to her grandmother, a shaman and healer, she learns to enter the spirit world completely.

Complications build up. Mae wants to get certified as a personal trainer, but she can’t afford the tuition. Her mother agrees to help, but when she finds out Mae is psychic she withdraws it. So Mae takes a job as a psychic at an alternative medicine center. This brings her into contact with some people at the college who teach alternative medicine, and in particular with the Chair, Charlie Tamm. Charlie is psychic himself, a student of shamanism. Also complicating matters are another professor, a student, a teaching assistant, an old black man who threatens to expose Mae, an ex-husband, a competing psychic —

At this point the book finds its true voice as a story about relationships, the struggles of people with love, power, prejudice, and each other. The psychic superstructure falls away, or rather is transformed into the plight of a person with a creative talent which no one understands and everyone wants to destroy.

The book can be read in several genres. As a thriller — we hurry toward the end in expectation of the obligatory life and death confrontation between Mae, the heroine, and the sinister Charlie. We get it, but strangely muted. As a soap opera — we linger, enjoying the proliferation of new characters and their troubles and the intricate relationships which it becomes increasingly hard to believe the author will be able to sort out. As a detective story — of sorts, with Mae as the detective, a criminal, various possible victims of uncertain crimes, plenty of bystanders to confuse matters, and the required quest for truth and retribution. As a romance, a bildungsroman, an ordinary literary novel about people’s troubles with life. Don’t try to choose. It’s all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting intro to a series. 6 April 2017
By JannieinVA - Published on Amazon.com
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At the beginning, I wasn't sure if I was going to be interested in this book, but I kept reading, and now I'm glad I did. I found the subject matter fascinating. Since I'm always sad when a good book is over, I was delighted that this one was nice and long -- the author was generous to her readers and I appreciate that. I grew to like the main character a lot, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and convincing 15 Mar. 2016
By Pennydreadful Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Mae Martin's story begins when she is whisked into a new life away from her father by a controlling and dysfunctional mother. The trauma of beginning a new life is bad enough, but Rhoda-Mae Martin has what most people don't--a psychic gift, and something she is forbidden to use. The main storyline is Mae Martin's reluctant journey into that discovery and how to use the gift without destroying her marriage and upsetting an ambitious mother-in-law. Usually when a story begins after a prologue the heroine has become more established and received some sort of education. Although life is better for Mae; she's at least found happiness, in The Calling Mae is still uneducated with goals to become a personal trainer. But of course money is always and realistically an issue. Book One of the series is more Mae's coming of age story than a mystery in my opinion, and I suspect the author needed Mae to be lacking in education in order to form bonds/connections with the people who will educate her on how to use and acknowledge her gift. I also think the author took a linear approach of telling Mae's story so we can follow her journey into book two. Whatever the author's intent, it works. I definitely like Mae Martin. She's memorable and I want to see where Mae Martin Mysteries will take her.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Journey into the Mystery of Herself 3 April 2015
By Virginia King - Published on Amazon.com
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The Calling is a beautifully written and unusual mystery. Mae is heartbreakingly real as are all the people in her life. As well as struggling with her burgeoning and at times frightening psychic gift, Mae has to grapple with the important relationships that are colliding with who she is. Her mother has suppressed Mae’s ‘sight’ as witchcraft and banished Mae’s father from their lives for doing something so unspeakable it can’t be known. Mae’s husband and her in-laws are people with warmth and integrity, so Mae finds it hard to argue with their practical reasons for her to stay the way she’s always been -- normal. Then there are the fascinating and frightening people who Mae meets on her way to self-knowledge, many with strange gifts of their own. Every scene unfolds in unexpected ways, especially the psychic episodes which uncover the psychology of each character with mystical authenticity. Foxx also explores the ethical issues around ‘reading’ other people’s secrets. Part literary novel, part popular fiction, this is writing at its best. The characterisation is superb, with multi-layered characters who are as unpredictable as they are real. It’s a long book but for me not at all slow-moving. I found every step necessary to creating the layers of the unfolding plot and at times I had to put it down because I found the tension excruciating. If I have a criticism it's that Mae's psychic recollections are too vivid to be totally real, but Foxx sweeps away such concerns with the strength of her writing and carries the reader with her. I still don’t know how she managed the gradual shift within each relationship necessary to bring about the ending, which is both poignant and satisfying. She has wrapped up The Calling superbly, but has laid the path to the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Psychic in a Small Town 11 May 2014
By Dina - Published on Amazon.com
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If I had to label this book I'd probably call it a paranormal literary novel.

It would be like True Blood...with Sookie being psychic, but without all the vampires and other dangers. It would be Sookie living her life, struggling with people judging her and trying to fit into the world.

The book is about a woman named Mae who has psychic abilities. She can touch an object connected to someone and see their present and/or past. People in her town have a variety of reactions. Some are skeptical. Some see her as being evil. Then there are those who believe and want her to pursue her gift, but some want her to use her powers in a fraudulent way. Instead of wanting her to be the real psychic she is, they want her to do what fake psychics do.

Mae struggles to find her place in a world filled with prejudice and expectations.

Then there's a man who is using magic for darker purposes and she tries to help those who are in his clutches.

There's some good family drama...mother/daughter, husband/wife, daughter/father.

I thought the novel was well-written and very interesting. I enjoyed spending time with the characters. The only negative I can think of is that it was a little long...but not excessively so.
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