The Wizard by the Sea by Anna Wineheart

AUTHOR’S BLURB: On his tenth birthday, Connor trips over a wizard on the shore. Amidst glowing clovers and roses drawn in the sand, the wizard shelters him from the rain and promises to teach him magic. Three years later, they meet again, and Connor becomes his student.

Yates has never been a mentor—he doesn’t deserve the privilege. But Connor comes to him after a tragedy, broken and helpless, and stays for years. Without realizing it, they fall in love. Yates knows he shouldn’t: he has shaped this boy into a man. At a loss, he pretends not to notice Connor’s affections… until his nineteenth birthday, when they celebrate a hard-won victory and give in to desire. Ashamed, Yates banishes his student, leaving a hole in both their hearts.

Four years later and still lonely, a tidal wave sweeps Connor back into Yates’ life. When they meet again, he discovers that Yates has withheld secrets from him, secrets that could change his life. Their past is fractured, their future uncertain. But the one thing Connor knows is that he’s always loved the wizard by the sea.

MY REVIEW: Though split a bit differently than I’m used to seeing, the timeline worked for this book.And while I normally see no reason for mentors to keep their students in the dark about revival spells and why they REALLY shouldn’t do them, I see there was valid reason in this storyline.
The time seemed to be a blend of contemporary and fantasy which was confusing at times.
This was a well-written and enjoyable story that I can recommend almost guilt-free. Except for the multiple mentions of cakes and cookies that hit a person’s sweet tooth. Then, I say blame the author.
I voluntarily read this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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